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thebeebs

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

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  • Blog Post: The need for speed?

    IT Pro Portal ran a story the other week– HTML5 Mobile Performance Lags Way Behind Laptops . In it, Darren Allan points to a new set of benchmarks showing that HTML5 runs up to 6 to 10 times slower than on a current laptop. The conclusion is that this will limit the ability of developers to create more...
  • Blog Post: 5 things you should know about developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML5

    Now that the Windows 8 release preview is out, a lot of developers are beginning to experiment with what they can do with Windows 8. Unsurprisingly the focus for many is on Metro-style apps that can run across everything from desktop to slate. There are a number of ways to develop these apps but HTML5...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Sports challenge: Converting a CSV file into JSON

    We provided data as a CSV file for the HTML5 Sports Challenge that I launched on Ubelly last week. I thought I would take some time out and show you how to convert that CSV data into JSON (without using any server side code) and then use that JSON in an application. Here is the video:
  • Blog Post: Privacy – it’s not what you hide but what you tell that counts

    Online privacy is one of those polarising topics. For many people it’s the hot button that triggers all their feelings of mistrust against what companies do online. For others, it’s no big deal – they just don’t care. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. Exclusive: Online Privacy Breach Shocker! One thing...
  • Blog Post: Will you create the next billion dollar app?

    So Facebook buys Instagram for a cool $1bn . Let’s face it, even in real money that’s a lot of cash. Especially for an app that only launched in late 2010. Just goes to show what a great idea, some good execution and 30 million users can do for you. Of course for every Instagram, there...
  • Blog Post: The rise of the T-shaped developer

    What shape are you in? Speaking personally, I drink too much coffee and get too little sleep. But that’s not really what I mean. I’m talking primarily about your skill-set. Historically we’ve been an industry of specialists – you were either front end or back end, you might...
  • Blog Post: Tech conferences – a four-point survival guide

    I go to a lot of conferences. Some would say too many. In fact, it’s probably around 25 or so a year. So, about one every fortnight (although, like London buses, there may not be one for a bit and then three turn up in the same week). While some are brilliant – incisive, inspirational...
  • Blog Post: 10 reasons why 2012 is a great time to be a web developer

    With all the stories of doom and gloom in the media every day, it’d be easy to think we should all be breaking out the razor blades. But actually, if you’re a web developer and at least competent at what you do, things are looking pretty rosy. In fact, 2012 may well be the year we look back on in the...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 advertising breaks free of the banner

    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 course, over the last five years or so, the advent...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 – how to decide if it’s right for you

    HTML5, for many of us, is the future of the web. But not everybody shares our enthusiasm. Worries over the fact that it is not a finalised standard yet, the so far limited number of authoring tools available, the concern about people on IE6 with JavaScript turned off all make some people reticent to...
  • Blog Post: How can I show a graph using HTML5?

    There are a number of ways to create graphs in HTML5, you could use canvas for example, but one of my favourite ways is to go outside of the HTML5 spec and use an associated technology called Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Using SVG you can create really nice data visualisations that don’t degrade when...
  • Blog Post: Why is HTML5 so focused on JavaScript?

    I frequently get asked this question by people that are new to HTML5. As well as detailing lots of new elements HTML5 defines a number of new JavaScript APIs. When the HTML5 specification was formulated in 2004 it was felt that APIs were necessary to support the new elements that were created to support...
  • Blog Post: PostMessage Popups and IE

    If you have not used postMessage (or Cross Document Messaging to use it’s proper title) it’s a way of securely sending messages between frames even when the documents passing messages are on different domains. To learn more about it you can read this introduction that we wrote during the IE8 launch ...
  • Blog Post: Why HTML5 league tables are a waste of time

    My dad is bigger than your dad. No, really, he is. He’s 6’4” in his socks. Did I say 6’4”? No, I meant 6’8”. And next week, he’ll top 7’ for sure. So it was recently announced that IE10 PP4 has surpassed Safari and Opera in HTML5 support . Now, obviously, from my point of view it’s great to see IE adding...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Apps in HTML5: do it, but realise it's not a panacea

    So you’re developing a mobile app. Which platform do you choose? Well, if you’re looking for the biggest market, you’ll probably lean towards iOS. Alternatively, if you don’t want to give 30% to Apple, you might go Android. And, of course, for some of us, Windows Phone is totally the way forward (admittedly...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 security – new target for lazy reporting by the BBC

    Are you scared? Well you should be according to the BBC . Right now cybercriminals are targeting you through frightening new developments in HTML5. Be afraid. Be very afraid. <rant> I’m usually a fan of the BBC. They’re normally pretty insightful around technology. But this latest...
  • Blog Post: Will Spotify create a new breed of HTML5 developer?

    The announcement that Spotify is transforming itself (at least in part) to an application platform has been grabbing some serious attention in recent days. For those who missed it, the basic idea is that developers will now be able to create HTML5 apps that integrate into the Spotify platform. Wired...
  • Blog Post: Learning to let go with HTML5

    While it’s a generalisation, I think most of us in the web development community have an internal control freak just lurking inside of us. After all, there’s so much that can (and generally does) go wrong. And you know that it’s always the one thing you let go that’ll come back to bite you. With Flash...
  • Blog Post: I'm trying to display an image over a HTML5 video but it’s not showing up, what can I do?

    I was asked this recently asked this by a developer attempting to place a picture over a HTML5 element. His problem was that when the image was pressed it would hide and the video would start playing. The issue that the developer was having was related to not getting his z-index incorrect. However, rather...
  • Blog Post: Five Things You Can’t Do With HTML5 (yet)

    As much as I’m fascinated with where HTML5 is going, most of my day to day work is all about what you can do right now (or at the very least, ways to hack something together that works until a more elegant solution comes along). But today, I want to briefly focus on a few things HTML5 can’t do just yet...
  • Blog Post: Web Workers and Tooling

    Web Workers are a technology that give you a way of supporting long running or complex JavaScript functions without interrupting the general browsing experience. In short, Web Workers give developers an opportunity to create applications in JavaScript that would have previously been impossible. When...
  • Blog Post: Wheels of Steel

    Ever wanted to be a DJ? Ever dreamt of standing in the DJ booth at the Ministry of Sound looking down on the sweaty minions. Watching as they raise their arms, throw some shapes and worship you like some kind of beat dropping music god?…No me neither. Honest. However, if you do want to try your hand...
  • Blog Post: Creating a picture gallery with HTML5 canvas

      Displaying pictures in a gallery is something that so easy to do with one of the many jQuery Plugins, but what if you want to use the HTML5 canvas tag? Capital FM recently created a HTML5 showcase page called Be A Star and at the bottom they show off a rather fancy image gallery. The gallery uses...
  • Blog Post: 3D (well actually 2.5D) in HTML5

    It’s been released for a little while now, but I just wanted to make sure you hadn’t missed this rather cool HTML5 demo that was developed by the National Museum of China. You’ll need a HTML5 capable browser, I tested Google Chrome, FireFox, Safari and IE9 Beta. All Browsers except Safari were capable...
  • Blog Post: Google Drops H.264 codec support

    Now I will be honest, I wasn’t expecting this. Google have today decided that they will remove support for the video codec H.264 from their Chrome browser in the next couple of months. H.264 is the codec that's used currently in Flash, PS3, Xbox and even my trusty little flip cam. More importantly for...
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