2010: The Year That Was at SitePoint

    Louis Simoneau

    As we’re rapidly coming up on the end of the year, I figured I’d go digging through the blog archives and put together a calendar of some memorable moments from 2010 on the SitePoint tech blog.

    January: Version 1.4 of everyone’s favorite JavaScript library was released, and we all cheered. YouTube and Vimeo added support for HTML5 video. In my post on the news, I was critical of their choice of the H.264 codec—little did we know at the time that Google would be doing good things with HTML5 video in the not-too-distant future.

    February: February was a month of good news for web developers, at least on the browser front: Microsoft rolled out the “browser ballot” in Europe, asking Windows users to choose which browser they’d like to use, and Google dropped IE6 support from Google Apps.

    March: Prompted by a tweet by Elliott Jay Stocks, we discussed whether whether web designers should know how to code, both on the podcast and in the blog. Also, we added ePub and Mobi versions of most of our books, available as part of a digital pack with the PDF.

    April: Microsoft dropped the Trident rendering engine from Internet Explorer, and Google implemented “predictive” searching. Oh wait, it was April. I get it. In the real world, SitePoint courses were born, with our very own Kevin Yank’s JavaScript Live as the first offering.

    May: In many ways 2010 was the year of web type, not least thanks to the launch of the Google font directory. In other Google news, the company open-sourced the VP8 video codec and announced the WebM HTML5 video format. Also, Opera is faster than a potato.

    June: WordPress 3.0 was released, with tons of new goodies for developers, and PHP celebrated its fifteenth birthday.

    July: Craig ran down a list of the 10 most common mistakes made by novice web developers, and quite a few of you chimed in with your opinions on the topic. Speaking of vocal disagreement, Craig also blogged about Brendain Eich’s suggestion that the function keyword be ditched from JavaScript.

    August: Our new designer Mark Cipolla took to the blogs with a guide to WordPress’s custom write panels, and some tips for front-end optimization.

    September: September is the ninth month of the year, and this year it was all about nines: PostgreSQL 9.0 was released, as was the beta version of IE9. We also discussed whether you should close your PHP code tags, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the number nine.

    October: The jQuery team released an alpha version of jQuery mobile, a set of cross-platform UI components for mobile web apps. Craig had a look at the BBC website’s published coding standards for CSS, and Alex wrote up a great technique for making cross-browser, image-free glossy buttons in CSS.

    November: This was a month for controversy on the blogs, with both Craig’s post on common MySQL mistakes made by PHP developers, and my post on HTML5’s looser syntax requirements sparking vigorous debate in the comments.

    December: December’s not quite halfway done, but already we’ve talked about the release of Android 2.3, new features in Firebug 1.6, not to mention the return of our fan-favorite Christmas Countdown Sale.

    2010 also saw the release of some great SitePoint books (if I do say so myself): jQuery: Novice to Ninja, Create Stunning HTML Email That Just Works!, Photography for the Web, Host Your Web Site in the Cloud: Amazon Web Services Made Easy, The SEO Business Guide, and Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes.

    All in all it’s been a great year at SitePoint and on the Web at large. Here’s hoping that 2011 is all that and more.