thebeebs

Also known as Martin Beeby, I am a web developer and work for Microsoft as a developer evangelist

January, 2012

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    Learning HTML5 & CSS3

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    How did you learn to code? I ask because a couple of recent chance encounters have got me thinking that there are some pretty big gaps in people’s knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3. For example, I was chatting to a student who approached me at an event last...
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    The Curse of Quirks

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    <rant> At the danger of causing my Klout score irreparable damage, I want to spend this post using their site to highlight a mistake I’ve seen three times in the last week. The problem? In a word: Quirks . I went to Klout.com in IE and rather than...
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    Is HTML5 cheaper to develop with?

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    There is an argument for HTML5 that runs: because it can run across multiple devices, HTML5 can help you slash the costs of developing new apps. Now, rather than dealing with the time and cost of developing native apps, you can simply write once and deploy...
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    Will HTML5 be the death of PDF magazines?

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    Do you still read magazines? Newspapers? If so, are they printed publications or have you gone digital? With the wild popularity of the iPad and the predicted stampede for the Kindle Fire (not to mention all the other tablets hitting the market) there...
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    So many devices, so little time

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    It didn’t seem so at the time but not so long ago, developing for the web was actually comparatively simple. Sure there were some significant differences between browsers and some (ahem) got a pretty hard time for lagging behind. But at least there was...
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    HTML5 - Not just because it’s new and shiny

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    After my giddy excitement over the Cut the Rope HTML5 game , Rob Ashton’s comment got me thinking a bit more. In some ways I take Rob’s point – using HTML5 because it’s new or shiny or cool isn’t the best of reasons for doing this kind of thing. (Although...
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    HTML5 in 2012 – the year of mobile first?

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    So we have a bright shiny new year on our hands. Both a leap year and the year when the Olympics comes to my home country. While the future looks iffy on the economy, it’s pretty rosy as far as HTML5 goes. They key, of course is mobile. Sure, HTML5 can...
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    Cut the Rope now in HTML5

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    Cut the rope was a game originally built for iPhone and Android by ZeptoLab and it's gone on to sell 70 million copies, the good news is that it has been ported to HTML5 by PixelLabs, ZentoLab and the Internet Explorer team. It works in Chrome, Safari...
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    How to name a web browser (by those who have)

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    I don’t know about you, but my web browser is the second app I launch every day (just after email). In fact, overall, I probably spend more time using it than pretty much anything else (not surprising considering what I do). But it got me wondering, where...
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    HTML5 advertising breaks free of the banner

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    Love them or hate them, it seems online ads have been around almost as long as the web itself. Traditionally, the range of options has been pretty limited however. You get the letterbox one, the tall thin one and the bog-standard 3:4 ratio box one. Of...
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