Maciej has published the transcript of his magnificent (and hilarious) talk from dConstruct 2013.
A fantastic piece by David Weinberger on the changing uses of the internet—apparently in contradiction of the internet’s original architecture.
Some folks invented the Internet for some set of purposes. They gave it a name, pointed to some prototypical examples—sharing scientific papers and engaging in email about them—shaping the way the early adopters domesticated it.
But over time, the Internet escaped from its creators’ intentions. It became a way to communicate person-to-person via email and many-to-many via Usenet. The web came along and the prototypical example became home pages. Social networking came along and the prototype became Facebook.
There’s more than a whiff of Indie Web thinking in this sequel to the Cluetrain Manifesto from Doc Searls and Dave Weinberger.
The Net’s super-power is connection without permission. Its almighty power is that we can make of it whatever we want.
It’s quite lawn-off-getty …but I also happen to agree with pretty much all of it.
Although it’s kind of weird that it’s published on somebody else’s website.
You Don’t Need jQuery! – Free yourself from the chains of jQuery by embracing and understanding the modern Web API and discovering various directed libraries to help you fill in the gaps.
The tone is a bit too heavy-handed for my taste, but the code examples here are very handy if you’re weaning yourself off jQuery.
Aaron raises a point that I’ve discussed before in regards to the indie web (and indeed, the web in general): we don’t buy domain names; we rent them.
It strikes me that all the good things about the web are decentralised (one-way linking, no central authority required to add a node), but all the sticking points are centralised: ICANN, DNS.
Aaron also points out that we are beholden to our hosting companies, although—having moved hosts a number of times myself—that’s an issue that DNS (and URLs in general) helps alleviate. And there’s now some interesting work going on in literally owning your own website: a web server in the home.
Léonie gives a great, clear description of how screen readers switch modes as they traverse the DOM snapshot.
The Aaron Swartz film is available on the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial share-alike license.
A great little piece by Russell Davies on the Indie Web movement.
I really hope that this is the kind of usage we’ll see for web components: enhancements for the browsers that support them without a good ol’ fashioned fallback for older browsers.
Well, this is pretty bloody brilliant—Dan Gillmor has published an article on Slate about the Indie Web movement …but the canonical URL is on his own site.
We’re in danger of losing what’s made the Internet the most important medium in history – a decentralized platform where the people at the edges of the networks – that would be you and me – don’t need permission to communicate, create and innovate.
This isn’t a knock on social networks’ legitimacy, or their considerable utility. But when we use centralized services like social media sites, however helpful and convenient they may be, we are handing over ultimate control to third parties that profit from our work, material that exists on their sites only as long as they allow.
This is a wonderful piece by Maciej—a magnificent historical narrative that leads to a thunderous rant. Superb!
We were struggling, whether we knew it or not, to found a more fluid society. A place where everyone, not just appointed apologists for the status quo, could be heard. That dream need not die. It matters more now than ever.
We have lost an ally in the fight to maintain net neutrality. I wonder how Vint Cerf feels about his employer’s backtracking.
The specific issue here is with using a home computer as a server. It’s common for ISPs to ban this activity, but that doesn’t change the fact that it flies in the face of the fundamental nature of the internet as a dumb network.
I think the natural end point to owning your own data is serving your own data—something that Steven Pemberton talked about in his fateful talk.
We must fight these attempts to turn the internet into controlled system of producers and consumers.
This is a really well-written and worrying piece that pokes at that oft-cited truism about kids today being “digital natives”:
The causes of this lack of digital literacy can be traced back to school:
We’ve mirrored corporate networks, preventing kids and teachers access to system settings, the command line and requiring admin rights to do almost anything. They’re sitting at a general purpose computer without the ability to do any general purpose computing.
Also, this article has the best “TL;DR” description ever.
This is handy: a look at which DOM properties and methods cause layout thrashing (reflows).
Bruce takes a look at the tricky issue of styling native form controls. Help us, Shadow DOM, you’re our only hope!
Don’t do it. Don’t click that button just one more time. Don’t.
This looks great! It’s a CC-licensed book by Cody Lindley (whose work I’ve admired for many years) aimed at teaching DOM Scripting for modern browsers. You can read the whole thing online or wait for the paper version from O’Reilly.
I had a chat with the guys from Pingdom about performance’n’stuff. If I sound incoherent, that’s because this is a direct transcription of a Skype call, where, like, apparently I don’t, y’know, talk in complete sentences and yeah.
There’s a chain of hotels, one of which is in Brighton, called “My Hotel.” I bet they have stories like this one.
The hitherto unnoticed connection between the names of Android phones and the names of condoms.
A handy performance testing tool from Pingdom, similar to Google’s offering.
I’ve found myself using jQuery less and less recently. Partly to avoid the extra download and file size but also—as shown here—when it comes to DOM manipulation, there’s a lot you can do straight out of the box.
My short talk from Aral’s Update conference in Brighton last September. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. If I only I had a handheld mic—then I could’ve done a microphone drop at the end.
This helps to clarify the difference between native semantics and ARIA additions.
Having just seen Anna Debenham’s superb but scary presentation at Update about the shocking state of UK schools, this is a timely piece of journalism.
An online book about website performance by Stoyan Steganov, released into the public domain. Excellent!
A comprehensive look at some of the problems with taking self-hosting to its logical conclusion: running your own web server.
If I were an American, I’d now be saying something like “ICANN have jumped the shark”. Instead, I’m British, so I’ll say “ICANN are fucking useless twats who need a firm kick in the bollocks”.
Main Articles: ‘Domesday Redux: The rescue of the BBC Domesday Project videodiscs’, Ariadne Issue 36
The fascinating story of the BBC Domesday Project and its subsequent fate.
The purpose of the CAMiLEON project was to demonstrate the value of emulation in preserving not only the data stored in obsolete systems but the behaviour of the systems themselves - in this case one of the very first interactive multi-media systems. The aim was to reproduce the original user experience as accurately as possible, and the CAMiLEON team argued that the slight faults in images as displayed from the analogue discs were a part of that experience, and should not be cleaned up as Andy proposed to do. Our aim was different - we wanted to preserve the data with the highest quality available consistent with longevity.
A handy template for releasing code into the public domain.
An inspiring State Of The Web address by Tim Berners-Lee. He can't resist pitching linked data at the end, but it's mostly a stirring call to arms.
Henri Sivonen gives the lowdown on the HTML5 parser that will ship with the next version of Firefox. This is a huge development ...and yet users won't even notice it (by design).
The popesquatter reveals all.
Best. Domain name. Ever.
A detailed comparison of jQuery and MooTools.
Help keep your culture error-free by proof-reading small pieces of literature from Project Gutenberg.
An excellent article that explodes the ludicrous myth that terrorists like to go around taking pictures of potential targets so therefore photographers are dangerous.
Simon's slides and demos from his half-day workshop at XTech.
Easy as Pie Ajax Requests - Create compelling ajax in minutes with simple examples. | Notes from Phazm
This is a good straightforward hands-on explanation of Ajax: succinct and clear.
Tantek talks about the importance of open media for the longevity of data.
An offhand remark I made on Twitter spurs Dom on to do a whole lotta research on character encoding in class names.
PPK has once again been doing sterling work. He's updated the DOM compatibility chart and things are actually looking pretty good.
Playing the world's most boring real-time video game for a good cause. It's strangely compelling to watch the "game" in progress.
Best. Domain name and associated tagline. Ever.
From the people who brought you jQuery comes a set of widgets built using jQuery complete with documentation and tutorials.
Okay, this started as a joke but then I couldn't resist writing a bit of code. Usage: OH_HAI.I_CAN_HAS_ELEMENT_BY_ID("Id") and OH_HAI.I_CAN_HAS_ELEMENTS_BY_TAG_NAME("tag").
DOM Scripting... now also available in Korean.
What excellent taste this web design shop has. I don't mean the fancy scrolling—I'm talking about what's on the bookshelf.
Jessica's English translation of a 19th Century German poem in the public domain – possibly the only English translation of this poem in existence.
A collection of scripts. There might be some good stuff here but use with care and discretion.
A PDF of Dan's slides from RailsConf. Looks like it was an excellent presentation.
A French translation of my most recent article for A List Apart.
Cameron has written a great article on using APIs with Ajax. I love the idea of using .htaccess to fake a proxy and get around the same-site restriction.
Garret gives an excellent, excellent round-up of the factors involved in the behaviour layer of front-end architecture (that's 'building websites' to you and me).
The slides of the Hijax talk from the Ajax Developer's Day at XTech 2006 in Amsterdam.
John has been working behind the scenes on this for quite a while and now it's ready for launch. Lots of yummy standards-based goodness in bite-sized chunks.
Respect the DOM t-shirt
This <a href="http://bingo.adactio.com/">looks familiar</a>. Great minds think alike. (For some reason, this page has 76 divs and 50 tables. Yikes!)
Yes, Ajax is over-used but here are some cases where it really helps.
My fellow Brightonian geek, Dom, has written an article about using Perl and Ajax.
Playing with Lego Mindstorms on a train can get you arrested in Germany.
A transcript of the Q&A session with Dave.
"...it must degrade well. It must still be accessible. It must be usable. If not, it is a cool useless piece of rubbish for some or many people."
One great web development tip for every day in the Advent calendar, courtesy of Drew McLellan
Who knew? The way I do my Ajax is a microformat. AHAH: Asynchronous HTML and HTTP.
The W3C proves that it can move with the times: "The mission of the W3C Web API Working Group is to develop specifications that enable improved client-side application development on the Web." This is very good news indeed.
Download the PDF of the slides and play around with the demo from Tim Lucas' recent presentation.
Ajax in The Guardian.
Yet another Ajax implementation, but this one is making some bold claims regarding accesibility. I must investigate further.
A nice introduction the XMLHttpRequest object by Cameron Adams.
Weep not, Ethan! SVG lives... possibly in Safari and Dashboard.
An excellent alternative to the inline cruft so common in most Ajax applications.
A Greasemonkey version of my zoom layout bookmarklet. Great stuff!
So it begins... dispelling the myths and spreading the good word about DOM Scripting.
Mike Stenhouse tackles the usability concerns raised by Ajax apps, specifically the breaking of the back button functionality.
A nice round-up of the Ajax summit.