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Schillmania: DHTML and other client-side experiments

Scott Schiller is a front-end engineer who likes making shiny things on the web. This site is a collection of creative HTML/CSS/Javascript ("DHTML") interfaces, experimental ideas, downloadable code and so on.

Published: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:42:53 -0700

Last Build Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:42:53 -0700

Copyright: © Copyright 1997 onwards, Scott Schiller.

Armor Alley (1990): Web Prototype

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:42:53 -0700

"A browser-based interpretation of the MS-DOS release of Armor Alley, a combat strategy game originally released in 1990 for MS-DOS PCs and the Macintosh. Written in HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

SURVIVOR: Remaking A Commodore 64 Game In HTML

Wed, 14 March 23:00:00 a.m -0700

Remaking an Atari / Commodore 64-era space-based "shoot-'em-up" arcade game in HTML + CSS + JavaScript, including a level editor and design tool, thirty years after its release.

The Wheels Of Steel: An Ode To Turntables (in HTML)

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0700

Building a browser-based turntable prototype using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Flash: A bit of history, screenshots, explanation of the approach taken, limitations found and sample code.

How SoundManager 2 Works

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:16:46 -0700

Background details to the JavaScript and Flash that makes SoundManager 2 work, plus technical notes and other findings about Flash's wacky ExternalInterface functionality.

CSS 3 and The Future: Image-free Rounded Corners, Drop Shadows and Gradients

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 22:46:46 -0700

A brief history of rounded corner CSS 2 hacks and some examples of effects using border-radius, box-shadow and other fancy CSS 3 attributes (and vendor-specific extensions) allowing modern browsers to render shiny UI designs entirely from code.

The Cost Of "Social Media" Javascript Overload

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:17:47 -0700

Security, load time and user experience are all affected by the amount of inline Javascript blocks and third-party script "includes" being crammed into some modern sites, particularly commercial and tech blogs. This entry is a rant, and some suggestions to improve performance.

HD Time-Lapse Photography: A How-To

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 22:17:47 -0700

A hacker type can't simply plant basil and cilantro outside, and leave them alone to grow; of course there has to be something else, preferably nerdy, in the process. This is how I ended up getting into time-lapse photography and making videos from sequences of photos using a Canon camera, the free CHDK software, and QuickTime.

Javascript Malware Analysis: A Case Study

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 19:00:27 -0700

When JS goes bad: Remote iFrame tricks on legitimate (or phishing) sites can load Javascript exploits or "shellcode", which can mean drive-by downloads and other risks. This is an example of some heavily-obfuscated code seen on a recent Facebook phishing site.

Javascript Animation: Tutorial, Part 3

Sun, 17 May 2009 22:55:52 -0700

The final, and overdue, part in a series on Javascript animation techniques: Creating tweens, simultaneous animations and event handling are discussed. A simple animation API, demo and source code is included.

Extension Wars: Adblock Plus vs. NoScript

Mon, 04 May 2009 17:38:38 -0700

Is it okay for one popular Firefox extension to alter the behaviour of another without asking for your permission? (PS: Internet drama/tempest in a teapot amusement goes here.)

Optimizing Your External Javascript References

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 23:06:26 -0800

Traditionally, the script tag blocks parse, load and render of a web page. A few ideas around this include loading JS with JS, the defer attribute and caching locally.

DHTML Arkanoid

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 14:11:04 -0800

An attempt at recreating the classic Arkanoid arcade game entirely in DHTML. Includes a level editor and a highscores list.

SoundManager 2: Javascript Sound For The Web

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 14:11:04 -0800

A new, fancier version of a Javascript sound project allowing people to add sound, or make sound apps using Javascript.

Javascript Animation: Tutorial, Part 1

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 14:11:04 -0800

Part one of a planned series: Theory behind Javascript/DHTML-based animation via setTimeout and setInterval.

What Turntables To Buy?

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 14:11:04 -0800

My response to a forum post on choosing DJ equipment.