The need for speed?

IT Pro Portal ran a story the other week– HTML5 Mobile Performance Lags Way Behind Laptops. In it, Darren Allan points to a new set of benchmarks showing that HTML5 runs up to 6 to 10 times slower than on a current laptop. The conclusion is that this will limit the ability of developers to…


5 things you should know about developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML5

Now that the Windows 8 release preview is out, a lot of developers are beginning to experiment with what they can do with Windows 8. Unsurprisingly the focus for many is on Metro-style apps that can run across everything from desktop to slate. There are a number of ways to develop these apps but HTML5…


HTML5 Sports challenge: Converting a CSV file into JSON

We provided data as a CSV file for the HTML5 Sports Challenge that I launched on Ubelly last week. I thought I would take some time out and show you how to convert that CSV data into JSON (without using any server side code) and then use that JSON in an application. Here is the…


Privacy – it’s not what you hide but what you tell that counts

Online privacy is one of those polarising topics. For many people it’s the hot button that triggers all their feelings of mistrust against what companies do online. For others, it’s no big deal – they just don’t care. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. Exclusive: Online Privacy Breach Shocker! One thing is guaranteed: privacy issues…


Will you create the next billion dollar app?

So Facebook buys Instagram for a cool $1bn. Let’s face it, even in real money that’s a lot of cash. Especially for an app that only launched in late 2010. Just goes to show what a great idea, some good execution and 30 million users can do for you. Of course for every Instagram, there are thousands…


The rise of the T-shaped developer

What shape are you in? Speaking personally, I drink too much coffee and get too little sleep. But that’s not really what I mean. I’m talking primarily about your skill-set. Historically we’ve been an industry of specialists – you were either front end or back end, you might be a Flash ninja or a JavaScript…


Tech conferences – a four-point survival guide

I go to a lot of conferences.  Some would say too many. In fact, it’s probably around 25 or so a year. So, about one every fortnight (although, like London buses, there may not be one for a bit and then three turn up in the same week). While some are brilliant – incisive, inspirational,…


10 reasons why 2012 is a great time to be a web developer

With all the stories of doom and gloom in the media every day, it’d be easy to think we should all be breaking out the razor blades. But actually, if you’re a web developer and at least competent at what you do, things are looking pretty rosy. In fact, 2012 may well be the year…


HTML5 advertising breaks free of the banner

Love them or hate them, it seems online ads have been around almost as long as the web itself. Traditionally, the range of options has been pretty limited however. You get the letterbox one, the tall thin one and the bog-standard 3:4 ratio box one. Of course, over the last five years or so, the…


HTML5 – how to decide if it’s right for you

HTML5, for many of us, is the future of the web. But not everybody shares our enthusiasm. Worries over the fact that it is not a finalised standard yet, the so far limited number of authoring tools available, the concern about people on IE6 with JavaScript turned off all make some people reticent to take…