Linkalicious Friday: New Rails, Spinners, and Yet Another HTML5 Demo

Louis Simoneau

Whew! Another big week (in case you missed it, we launched the second edition of our all-time biggest selling book) is over, so let’s have a look-see at what’s been shaking in the web world:

  • Rails 3.0.3 was released this week. Despite it adding little in the way of new features, there have been significant performance tweaks, so Rails-heads should definitely take it for a spin.
  • There’s a really interesting post on the YUI blog about how spinners affect our perception of performance. It turns out that a spinner that changes state (for example, it appears, spins a bit, disappears, and appears again) gives users the impression of a quicker load than a spinner that just stays there the whole time. There’s a demo in which one of two spinners appears after a slight delay (rather than as soon as the Ajax call is fired), and it really does feel faster.
  • This has been up for a few weeks, but in case you missed it, all the slides and audio from Web Directions South 2010 are now available. I highly recommend checking out Steve Souders on front-end performance, and Dan Rubin on HTML5 and CSS3—both great talks.
  • I blogged about this earlier in the week, but in case you missed it, Jeremy Keith’s opening keynote from Fronteers 2010 is well worth the watch.
  • The Google Chrome team launched an interactive online book called 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web. It’s sort of an introduction to all things internet, meant for the uninitiated, and very cleverly done in HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. So if you can stomach another demo of what HTML5 and CSS3 can do, check it out.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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