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Apple's "HTML 5 and Web Standards" Showcase Criticized for Not Being Standard At All

by Dio Synodinos on  Jun 06, 2010 6

Apple has created an HTML 5 Showcase that presents its vision for the next generation of the WWW. The fact that this page is only accessible using the Safari browser, while Apple advocates about web standards, has caused many to criticize the company’s lack of broader platform support.

MacRuby 0.6 With GCD and Threading Improvements, Fast Debugger, AOT

by Werner Schuster on  May 04, 2010

MacRuby 0.6 is available now, bringing debugging and vastly improved Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) support. A lot of the core functionality has been overhauled, such as a new String implementation and a new thread-safe Regex library which replaces Oniguruma. MacRuby's now considered stable for Cocoa development.

Microsoft Tips the Scale in Favor of HTML 5 and H.264

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2010 1

Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, has announced that IE9 will use only the H.264 standard to play HTML 5 video. Microsoft seems to have become very committed to HTML 5, while Flash loses even more ground. The announcement came the same day Steve Jobs detailed why Apple does not accept Flash on iPhone and iPad.

Reactions and Consequences of the iPhone Developer License Change

by Abel Avram on  Apr 12, 2010 9

There is a report saying that Apple has changed the iPhone Developer License to prohibit applications written in other languages than Objective-C, C or C++ or accessing the API “through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool”. Reactions abound and this change is likely to have rippling effects across the industry.

PhoneGap Brings Cross Platform Development Back to Mobile Platforms

by Werner Schuster on  Feb 22, 2010 1

PhoneGap allows to build cross platform mobile apps with HTML5 and Javascript; it has APIs for accessing camera, accelerometer, GPS, etc. The code is packaged into native apps which can be deployed via app stores. PhoneGap support includes iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Palm. InfoQ talked to one of the creators of PhoneGap, Brian LeRoux of Nitobi, about the current state of PhoneGap.

HTML5, H.264 and Flash roundup

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 05, 2010 1

Last week, InfoQ published a piece on YouTube offering HTML5 beta for its videos, in H.264 format. Shortly thereafter, Vimeo announced an HTML5 beta as well, also using H.264 as the video codec. However, Mozilla has come out against using H.264, whilst the recent iPad launch has focussed on the H.264 hardware decoding. Has Flash finally met its match?

MacRuby 0.5 Beta Brings JIT, AOT, GCD Support, Removes GIL

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 18, 2009

The first beta of MacRuby 0.5 is available, complete with a new VM, JIT and AOT - and without the GIL. InfoQ talked to the MacRuby core team about the state of MacRuby and whether there'll be a way to write Ruby apps for the iPhone using MacRuby.

Adobe Max Day One Wrap-Up

by Jon Rose on  Oct 06, 2009 1

On day one of Max, Adobe announced the upcoming availability of the Flash platform on a number of mobile devices. The availability of Flash on a wide range of devices is an important step forward for the Flash / Flex developer community.

Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites’ Usability

by Abel Avram on  Sep 08, 2009 1

In the article entitled Apple vs. Microsoft – A Website Usability Study, Dmitry Fadeyev, co-founder of Pixelshell, compares Apple’s and Microsoft’s web sites from a usability perspective, and Apple is the winner. Scott Barnes, PM at Microsoft, agrees with him and suggests the problem is because various site sub-domains have different management.

Mac and Ruby Roundup: MacRuby AOT, DMGs with ChocTop

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 18, 2009 2

MacRuby is steadily moving forward, with a usable Ahead of Time (AOT) compiler coming closer on the experimental branch, which should make Ruby a first class language for Cocoa applications. Also: a look at Dr Nic's ChocTop utility for creating MacOS DMG files.

MacRuby 0.4 Released with HotCocoa::Graphics, Threaded GC, DTrace

by Werner Schuster on  Mar 12, 2009

The MacOS X based Ruby implementation MacRuby is now available in the 0.4 release, which adds an embedding API for using Ruby to script Objective-C apps, a new threaded GC, 64 bit support, and a graphics library along the lines of Processing called HotCocoa::Graphics built on Core Graphics and Core Image.

Embedding MacRuby For Application Scripting

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 14, 2008

The upcoming MacRuby release will have some features that allow to embed the runtime and use Ruby to script Objective-C based applications.

MacRuby 0.3 Release Brings Interface Builder Support, HotCocoa for GUI Building

by Werner Schuster on  Sep 12, 2008

MacRuby 0.3 was released with many improvements, among them support for GUIs built with the InterfaceBuilder. Also: HotCocoa, a Builder-style API for Cocoa GUIs is shipped with the new release of MacRuby.

Apple and Ruby Roundup: iPhone Config Utility on Rails, SproutCore Tools in Ruby

by Werner Schuster on  Aug 05, 2008

Ruby pops up in some recent software provided or used by Apple. The iPhone Configuration Web Utility for Enterprises is built on Rails. SproutCore, which powers the client side of Apple's MobileMe, uses Ruby for tooling and Merb for static content generation.

Internet Explorer 6 on its way out (or not)?

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 21, 2008 14

Since attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003, Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has been rapidly losing market share. As the end of 2008 approaches, significant online services, vendors and web frameworks are dropping support for IE6. Will this year be the end of IE6 and what does this signify for Web 2.0 developers?

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