News Wire: The Future of HTML and IE

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  • Just as the Google Web Toolkit lets you write JavaScript-powered web UIs by writing Java code, Pyjamas lets you write JavaScript-powered web UIs by writing Python code. Still early days for this framework, but worth a look if you’re into Python.
  • I was afraid the moo.fx JavaScript effects library’s ultra-lightweight days were behind it now that the full mootools library is out, but moo.fx 2.0 is now out and it’s still tiny! Includes versions that rely on mootools and Prototype Lite.
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  • Adobe has announced it will contribute to the Mozilla project a large body of source code that is used in Flash Player 9’s new ActionScript™ virtual machine. Dubbed the Tamarin project, this code will support ECMAScript 4 in future Mozilla browsers.
  • Damien Seguy has compiled statistics about PHP configurations by gathering the output of the php_info() function from 11,000 sites. Some quick stats: register_globals enabled on 57% of sites; magic_quotes_gpc enabled on 76%; display_errors enabled on 80%.
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  • A nice discussion of the available interface design patterns for presenting large tables of data with filtering/sorting features. (thanks harryf)
  • An excellent article on the Opera Developer Community site with tips on improving the performance of your JavaScript code across all browsers.
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  • The new version adds the Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) APIs, with few changes to the existing .NET 2.0 APIs. The VS2005 extensions are also up.
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  • This venerable, lightweight blogging application has just made its second major release. With many changes under the covers, 2.0 includes rich text editing, simpler and more powerful skinning, and more flexible access control and user authentication.
  • Smith is a freeware, cross-platform ColdFusion engine, written entirely in Java. Beware, however, this project’s biggest limitation: it does not yet support CFCs. This makes it inappropriate for running complex ColdFusion applications.
  • From the official Internet Explorer blog, a run-down of how the various screen readers and magnifiers work with IE 7. Especially interesting is a mention of improved support for “dynamically updating content” in JAWS 8, due out in November.
  • Microsoft has asked for input on what elements of Internet Explorer’s scripting support should get some attention in the next major release of Internet Explorer (IE 7.1? IE 8?). A wiki has been established for the wishlist and they want your comments!
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  • Following the announcement that the W3C will resume development of HTML in parallel with the ongoing work on XHTML, the WHATWG is seeking feedback on what is needed in the next version of HTML, as well as how the development process might be improved.
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  • An excellent demystification of today’s announcement that Adobe is open sourcing its ActionScript Virtual Machine technology as the Mozilla Tamarin project. What does it mean, and what does it not mean? Get the facts right here.

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Kevin Yank is an accomplished web developer, speaker, trainer and author of Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL and Co-Author of Simply JavaScript and Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! Kevin loves to share his wealth of knowledge and it didn't stop at books, he's also the course instructor to 3 online courses in web development. Currently Kevin is the Director of Front End Engineering at Culture Amp.

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