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Dev Articles Analysis and Tutorials at Dev Articles. Dev Articles is a community focused on front end display technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, AJAX and graphic displays.

Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:47:21 -0500

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Does HTML5 Need a Main Element?

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:09:40 -0500

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3) is already working on a draft specification for HTML 5.1. It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this kind of thing that many of the proposed new standards have been coming up for debate. One of the points of contention is the new “main” element.

Revisiting the HTML5 vs. Native Debate

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:09:41 -0500

HTML5's rapid progress as a platform means that developers, particularly mobile application developers, need to revisit earlier decisions. Should they create applications natively or take advantage of the ability to “write once, run everywhere”? The answer isn't as simple as it may have been even just one year ago.

Ruby-on-Rails Faces Second Security Flaw in a Week

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:50:49 -0500

For the second time in a week, Ruby-on-Rails maintainers have been forced to push out what they describe as “extremely critical security fixes” to close a security hole in the popular framework. Left unpatched, the hole could allow malicious hackers to execute code in Rails applications without having to go through authentication.

Project Nashorn to Make Java, JavaScript Work Together

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:01:29 -0500

Oracle is putting its weight behind a new project aimed at making JavaScript work better with Java. Dubbed Project Nashorn, its goal is “to implement a lightweight high-performance JavaScript runtime in Java with a native JVM.”

Responsive Web Design: More Than Just a Buzz Word

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:32:52 -0500

Perceptive website developers not only know what responsive web design is; they've already put it into practice. Thanks to a number of trends among web users, the need for websites built along responsive web design principles will certainly continue to grow. If you're not tuned in to this change in the field just yet, keep reading to find out why you need to get on board, or risk getting left behind.

JavaScript Virus Attacks Tumblr Blogs

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:52:43 -0500

Earlier this week, Tumblr fell victim to a fast-spreading virus that affected logged-in users who viewed infected blog pages. The company was forced to temporarily suspend the ability of site users to post in order to get the JavaScript virus under control and clean it from the website.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker 1.0 Makes Videos More Interactive

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:50:19 -0500

As a website developer, you know how difficult it is to add text, overlays, links, and other potentially interactive elements to videos. Earlier this month, however, Mozilla changed that when they released Popcorn Maker 1.0. Based entirely on web standards, this video editing software allows even non-programmers to achieve excellent results.

Ruby 2.0 Prepped for February 2013 Release

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:45:44 -0500

Ruby programmers received some exciting news on the same day that general elections were held here in the US. Ruby 2.0.0 got an immediate feature freeze, which means that this version will be released soon. Indeed, Yusuke Endoh, Ruby 2.0's release manager, revealed its targeted release date: February 24, 2013.

Add New Website Features to Please Users

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:44:45 -0400

You may be surprised by the number of features you can add to your website that improve its usability. Some greatly affect a site's look and feel, while others add small but friendly “touches” that make it seem more personal. With CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery, you can easily experiment with some of the ideas I'll be discussing in this article.

Google Releases Stable Dart Version, JavaScript Rival

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:18:30 -0400

After more than a year of work, Google finally released the first stable version of Dart, the scripting language it hopes will take the place of JavaScript. Though the search giant also unveiled plenty of other goodies to go along with Dart, the company faces an uphill battle for the language's adoption.

HTML5: Not for Phone Apps?

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:45:01 -0400

The latest version of Hypertext Markup Language offers rich functionality without requiring the assistance of third-party plug-ins. This capability should make it perfect for generic web applications that work on any mobile platform. The reality falls short of this ideal.

Why LinkedIn Switched from Ruby on Rails

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:34:34 -0400

Quite some time ago, professional networking website LinkedIn moved the back-end infrastructure of its mobile site and applications from Ruby on Rails to Node. The company made this change for performance and scalability reasons. Does that mean that RoR is a bad idea for mobile services? Not exactly.

HTML5 or Native?

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone down on record as stating that developing with HTML5 was “one of the biggest strategic mistakes we made.” Does that mean you should not use it in a corporate environment? Far from it.

Open XML Finally Supported by MS Office

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400

It's about time – and it happened so quietly that it went all but unnoticed in some quarters. But last month, Jim Thatcher, Principal Program Manager Lead for Office Standards, announced that Office 2013 would support two additional formats: Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. The move closes one front in a years-long tech war between proprietary vendors and open source advocates.

Khan Academy Unveils New JavaScript Learning Environment

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400

Imagine that you can type some JavaScript code on one side of your screen, and immediately see what it does on the other side. Imagine that you can make changes to this code and see the effect instantly, without having to recompile. The Khan Academy did – and built an interface that accomplishes this task.