thebeebs

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

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    8 things you should know before building an HTML5 app

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    A few days ago, Seth Porges put up an interesting post on Mashable: 8 Things You Should Know Before Building a Mobile App . While, as the name implies, Seth’s post focused on native apps, it got me thinking – how does his 8 questions relate to creating...
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    Like apps? Like Facebook?

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    How did you find the mobile apps you use the most? I’m guessing that some of you came across them on a blog or in a mag somewhere (10 Apps Every Developer Should Own). You might have found others browsing through an app store of whatever flavour. But...
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    10 myths holding HTML5 back

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    While the momentum is certainly with HTML5, for some of us progress can’t happen fast enough. Yet, annoyingly, all too often we find ourselves facing the same old questions and challenges – ones that really have no basis in reality. So in this post, I...
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    Turning up our noses at browser sniffing

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    Did you notice it? Well if you’re an Opera user you might. As of last week, if you go to Bing using Opera, you’ll get to see the HTML5 background video in all its glory. Now, let’s be clear, it’s not as if Opera couldn’t...
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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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