David Walker | 26 February 2013
I read a LOT of tech blocks daily, infact Chrome moans that I’m about to open 20 tabs as I sit down with my coffee in the morning and figure out what is new and exciting. Over this week and for every week now on i will be letting you know what interesting, important or amusing facts I have found this week
The biggest story in web development this week is that Opera are giving up on their own browser engine and replacing it with the WebKit engine that is used for Safari and Chrome. Opera's figures have been in the doldrums for a while with numbers in their core Scandinavian countries dropping and Chrome beating them into second place. If this webkit revision reaches their mobile browser we have a really interesting set of affairs as Opera mobile is one of the top three mobile browsers in the world. If they can use webkit in that space, HTML5 will then be available to the majority of mobile browsers.
This means WebKit is now the core engine in Chrome, Safari & Opera with only Firefox's Mozilla engine and IE's Trident engine as competitors. I can't see any company giving up their engine yet but tech crunch have been considering what would happen in a web mono-culture .
Before we get too excited about a standardized platform in web development one of the jQuery gurus warns us WebKit still has some serious bugs .
So Firefox are staying with Mozilla and launched FF19 this week
The flavor of the week in enquiries I have been getting has been about User Experience or UX. UX is about considering deeply what the user needs, wants. Six Revisions have a great blog to get you thinking about UX.
One of the most important conversations in web development at the moment is Responsive design . A responsive site adapt to the display viewing it. It is one of the most important evolutions of UI design in years. Smashing magazine talk about it.
Of interest to that story Google are taking AdSense responsive which gives you an indication of how ready the world is for your site to go mobile.
Responsive is the most dominant solution to the multi device problem but there are others that Six Revisions talk about.
A few fun links
The mobile world is ablaze with the ideas of whether we will get smart watches this year. If we did why would we want them? Well my reason is I want to look like Dick Tracy.
I've been re reading William Gibson recently and unfortunately a neural jack and mirror shade eyes still seem to be a while away but if you have a spare 1500 dollars Google are opening up their Google Glass project .