Linkalicious Friday: New Rails, Spinners, and Yet Another HTML5 DemoBy 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.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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