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  • Blog Post: The Curious Process of Web Standards

    Its interesting to note that many folks don’t really know what it takes to get a feature in a browser and how all the browsers align with how a feature will work. You would think there is a cabal of browser vendors sitting in a smoke-filled room coming up with how features will work. That is not the...
  • Blog Post: The Hunger Games, HTML5 & Behind The Scenes

    One of the infinitely sad and melancholy things in my life is that I just don’t get to read as much fiction as I used to. It isn’t that I don’t want to, but life just seems to get in the way sometimes. When I fondly think of retirement, I see myself wearing a smoking jacket and ascot in the library next...
  • Blog Post: F12 The best kept web debugging secret

    Shhh don’t tell anyone about this blog, then you will look brilliant in front of your co-workers when you show them these cool tools! Have you found the F12 key yet in Internet Explorer? I will admit that until 6 months ago I hadn’t. If you are running Internet Explorer 8 or 9 you can try it right now...
  • Blog Post: How to Pin a Website And Why to Pin a Website

    I was just preparing a slide deck to talk about IE9 features at the Microsoft Certified Trainer summit and realized, that although I have blogged about how to update your pinned sites , I really haven’t taken the time to explain what the heck pinned sites are and how they work. Pinned sites are a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011: Developer Tools, Languages, Frameworks & awesomeness

    I can’t believe that TechDays is already there. In 3 weeks, we will be in Toronto (October 25-26) to start the tour. After Toronto, we will go in Vancouver (November 15-16) and Montreal (November 29-30) to give you a full two days of awesoness around the technology you love. This week, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Platform Apps with HTML5 and IE9

    “We should make an app” , says your boss while playing with her new smartphone. This statement tends to can get very expensive and scary for developers since there are so many “app” platforms out there. Yet, it is a totally valid request from a product owner. Luckily for us, Microsoft has our back by...
  • Blog Post: Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between building mobile experiences in HTML5 or native phone apps.  In fact, with the upcoming Mango release for Windows Phone, the “better together” story is a strong one that allows you to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: On Phone Apps and Web Apps

    Being a mobile developer over the past 4 years has been an interesting experience.  With the advent of modern smartphones with differentiate experiences, we found out that not only is there a viable market for great apps, but that market is booming and very competitive.  We have seen mobile...
  • Blog Post: IE 9 on Windows Phone, Now That’s What I’m Talking About!!!

    This post was originally created by Atley Hunter here and is re-posted with his permission. More on Atley:  Atley Hunter has been a developer for more than 15 years and a mobile developer since way before it was cool.  With over 30 apps under his belt and numerous talks, blog postings and HackFests...
  • Blog Post: How do you update a Pinned Site in IE9? Part 2

    Pinned sites are such a cool feature, easy to implement, and they give a great themed look and feel to your website in IE9. But as soon as we implement a feature for a user, the user changes their mind or adds a new requirement. A while ago I wrote a blog describing how to update the static jump list...
  • Blog Post: How do you update a Pinned Site in IE9? (The One Constant in Code is Change!)

    I love pinned sites in IE9, they really are cool, and they are good business. At the last IE9 code camp, I was asked “If someone has pinned your site to their taskbar, how can you update the pinned functionality?” Great question! I did a little digging and wanted to share what I found out. Since there...
  • Blog Post: Console.Log : Say Goodbye to JavaScript Alerts for Debugging!

    Admit it, you’ve done it. You have a bug somewhere in your web page and you add an alert to popup a useful message like “I am in the if statement” or “varName=Bob” to help you figure out what is wrong with your code. In IE9 we have an alternative: the Console object . ASP.NET programmers who work in...
  • Blog Post: MIX11: Bringing the Developer Awesomeness

    Spring is here and what a better way to kick off this season of renewal by getting up-to-speed on some of the latest tools and technologies! Last month in Las Vegas, we hosted the MIX11 conference; a 72-hour conversation, featuring developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Ignite Your Coding Web Development Series!

    Every year, around this time, my colleagues and I organize a series of conversations called Ignite Your Coding . Its purpose is to spark your inner awesomeness by providing you with knowledge and insights on software development. Why? It’s simple: we want to support you; we want to help grow your...
  • Blog Post: Dev Unplugged: HTML5 Contest for Web Developers

    For a past few days, there’s been a mysterious hashtag that’s been floating around on Twitter; #devunplugged . There were a lot tweets from the @IE Twitter account cited this hashtag but folks couldn’t find out why. Well, earlier today, Carter Rabasa and the contest organizers took...
  • Blog Post: Quick Updates

    I’m sitting in the airport lounge in Vancouver, waiting to board my flight back to Toronto. Some quick updates: TechDays Vancouver went very well. Over 800 attendees catching over 60 technical sessions on Microsoft’s platforms, tools and technologies, all taking place in the beautiful West Building of...
  • Blog Post: New Internet Explorer 9 Videos

    If you haven’t tried the latest Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9, get your hands on it now! This one’s got new goodies like a new SVG engine, the “Chakra” JavaScript engine now integrated into the browser instead of a separate object called via COM, better Acid3 (95/100) and WebKit SunSpider scores...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9, Platform Preview 4

    I’ve been busy with all sorts of stuff, so I ‘m a little late with an announcement you might have seen elsewhere online: IE9 Platform Preview 4 has been released! If you want the full story, check out IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch’s blog entry over at IEBlog , where he goes over the latest platform...
  • Blog Post: IE’s Big Leap Forward

    Peter-Paul “ppk” Koch writes in his blog, QuirksBlog (which lives on his site, QuirksMode ): In the past few days I’ve been revising the CSS compatibility table with information about the latest crop of browsers. There’s no doubt about it: this is IE9’s show. It just supports nearly everything. No hassle...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Videos on Channel 9

    By now, you’ve probably seen my article covering the new, faster, even more standards-compliant Platform Preview 3 of Internet Explorer 9 . From hardware acceleration to a speed-boosted JavaScript engine with support for new ECMAScript 5 language features to support for SVG, <audio> , <video>...
  • Blog Post: IE9’s Hardware-Accelerated Canvas in Action

    As announced in yesterday’s posting, Platform Preview 3 of Internet Explorer 9 is out, and it’s faster than snakes on ice. Some of the credit goes to “Chakra”, the new JavaScript engine, and some of it goes to IE9’s hardware acceleration, which bypasses the layers of abstraction between your web app...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9: Kicking Ass and Acid3 with Platform Preview 3!

    Back in March, when the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 was released at the MIX10 conference, the IE9 team promised to release new previews of the browser about every eight weeks. Eight weeks after MIX10, they kept their promise and released Platform Preview 2. It featured improved JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: VP8 Support in Internet Explorer 9

    You’ve probably read the news already , so I’ll cut right to the chase: earlier today, Internet Explorer’s big kahuna Dean Hachamovitch made an announcement about Internet Explorer 9 support for HTML5 video in Blogging Windows : In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as...
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