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The week in review – Feb 22nd 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


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

Web Development

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

User Experience

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

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David Walker

Head of Emerging Technologies

David is a change driven technologist who continually looks to adapt and expand his knowledge and understanding of his field. Over the least eighteen years David has led technology and training companies through emerging fields and technology trends helping them to understand the future and develop business opportunities. As Head of Emerging Technologies he works closely with customers and industry experts to ensure the opportunities and threats of new technology trends designing custom learning solutions to help small and enterprise organisation adapt and make the most of their people - ensuring QA is ready when our customers need to navigate the minefield of the fast moving digital landscape. His passion is in advanced web engineering principals and vendor neutral thick client design/development technologies reflected in his research, analysis and courseware development experience combined with his training delivery skills. As a technologist he is the lead instructor and syllabus author for web development technologies and specialising in Agile, DevOps, and User Experience driven approaches to developing solutions. He has authored courses such as HTML5, Responsive Web Development, User Experience, NodeJS, Javascript and jQuery.
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