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Why polyfills matter

By Brandon Satrom
February 26, 2014

From its nascent days, the growth of the web has been marked by the waxing and waning of technologies, frameworks and ideas. Old ideas and technologies expire and fade away, and new ones arise in their place. Much as the …

Why Polyfills Matter

By Brandon Satrom
February 26, 2014

From its nascent days, the growth of the web has been marked by the waxing and waning of technologies, frameworks and ideas. Old ideas and technologies expire and fade away, and new ones arise in their place. Much as the …

Building Rich Web UIs with Knockout.js

By Peter Cooper
January 30, 2014

  At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Microsoft’s Steve Sanderson gave a tight 20 minute introductory tour of Knockout.js, a popular JavaScript UI library built around declarative bindings and the Model-View ViewModel (MVVM) pattern. In his …

MathML Forges On

By Peter Krautzberger
November 1, 2013

20 years into the web, math and science are still second class citizens on the web. While MathML is part of HTML 5, its adoption has seen ups and downs but if you look closely you can see there is …

HTML5 is the Future of Book Authorship

By Sanders Kleinfeld
September 19, 2013

In the past six years, the rise of the ebook has ushered in three successive revolutions that have roiled and reshaped the traditional publishing industry. Revolution #1 began in November in 2007, when Amazon released its first-generation eInk Kindle. As …

Can Markup Unite?

By Simon St. Laurent
August 8, 2013

A few years ago, I stopped talking about XML and starting talking about markup. After a few too many conversations with developers who had found XHTML, web services, and various other things that had proudly branded themselves with the “X,” …

Toward Responsive Web Programming

By Simon St. Laurent
July 31, 2013

“Expect the unexpected” has long been a maxim of web development. New browsers and devices arrive, technologies change, and things break. The lore of web development isn’t just the technology: it addresses the many challenges of dealing with customers who …

The Appeal of the Lift Web Frameworks

By Richard Dallaway
July 10, 2013

Lift is one of the better-known web frameworks for Scala. Version 2.5 has just been released, so it seems like a good time to show features of Lift that I particularly like. Lift is different from other web frameworks (in …

Driving the Momentum of Modern Web App Development

By Jenn Webb
May 29, 2013

The rapid pace of improvements in browser technologies and the growith of HTML5 have presented many opportunities and challenges for web app developers. In the following interview, Ido Green, developer advocate for Google Chrome OS, reviews some characteristics of the …

JavaScript: Not as Expected

By Simon St. Laurent
May 8, 2013

JavaScript’s ever-growing importance still takes people by surprise. Every time I post about things JavaScript makes possible, I get pushback from people who refuse to be impressed by JavaScript. Why? Because it isn’t what they wanted. In the course of …

How to Develop for the Mobile Casual Gaming Market

By Jenn Webb
May 8, 2013

HTML5 is becoming a larger and larger part of game design—so much so that Jesse Freeman (@jessefreeman) expects the future of HTML5 gaming to go beyond the browser. In the following interview, Freeman, a technology evangelist at Microsoft focusing on …

Stop standardizing HTML

By Simon St. Laurent
April 24, 2013

When HTML first appeared, it offered a coherent if limited vocabulary for sharing content on the newly created World Wide Web. Today, after HTML has handed off most of its actual work to other specifications, it’s time to stop worrying …

HTML5 makes offline web apps possible

By Jenn Webb
April 16, 2013

With advances in HTML5, web apps no longer require an Internet connection — thanks to HTML5′s support of client-side storage, web apps now can run offline in today’s browsers. “An HTML5 offline application is simply a website that has been …

Four short links: 15 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2013

Consumer Heterogeneity and Paid Search Effectiveness: A Large Scale Field Experiment (PDF) — We find that new and infrequent users are positively influenced by ads but that existing loyal users whose purchasing behavior is not influenced by paid search account …

Rich multi-media and a web of devices is driving us to a world of standards

By Jenn Webb
February 28, 2013

At the recent TOC conference in New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium, to talk about the Open Web Platform and standardization issues. In our video interview (embedded …

The publishing industry has a problem, and EPUB is not the solution

By Jani Patokallio
February 26, 2013

This article contains my personal views, not those of my employer Lonely Planet. I’ll be blunt. Ebooks and EPUB are to the publishing industry what Blu-Ray is to the movie industry: a solution to yesterday’s problem made irrelevant by broader …

Publishing News: HTML5 will be the future of publishing

By Jenn Webb
February 22, 2013

MIT Technology Review publisher, UC Berkley students bet on HTML5 At a recent executive retreat, Beet.TV sat down with MIT Technology Review editor and publisher Jason Pontin, who said that HTML5 will be the future of publishing. In a video …

Four short links: 22 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 22, 2013

Indiepocalypse: Harlem Shake Edition (Andy Baio) — After four weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” was replaced this week by Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” the song that inspired the Internet meme. SplinterNet — an Android …

O’Reilly’s journey to EPUB 3

By Sanders Kleinfeld
February 7, 2013

We at O’Reilly are very pleased to announce that we have officially upgraded to EPUB 3, and ebook bundles purchased from oreilly.com will now include EPUB 3 files, in addition to Mobi and PDF files. All O’Reilly ebooks released in …

Are we over-thinking EPUB?

By Adam Hyde
January 17, 2013

One common misnomer I have come across is that EPUB3 is ‘a technology’ – something in and of itself. I believe this category mistake is largely a result of the the IDPF’s (the organisation that maintains EPUB3) success in promoting …

HTML5: The code to maximizing revenue

By Joe Wikert
January 2, 2013

Have you heard all the hype about HTML5 but you’re still not sold on it? You need to read the latest whitepaper from SPi Global. It’s called HTML5: The Code to Maximizing Revenue and it does a terrific job explaining …

WYSIWYG vs WYSI

By Adam Hyde
December 3, 2012

Since HTML is the new paper and the new path to paper online editing environments are becoming much more important for publishing. Dominant until now has been the WYSIWYG editor we all know and…err…love? However the current WYSIWYG paradigm has …

A Kindle developer’s 2013 wishlist

By Sanders Kleinfeld
December 2, 2012

2012 was a good year for Kindle developers. With the unveiling of the first-generation Fire tablet in late 2011 and the release of the KF8 Mobi format in early 2012, designing beautiful ebooks for the Kindle platform became a reality. …

Four short links: 28 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2012

Moral Machines — it will no longer be optional for machines to have ethical systems. Your car is speeding along a bridge at fifty miles per hour when errant school bus carrying forty innocent children crosses its path. Should your …

Math typesetting

By Adam Hyde
November 26, 2012

Typesetting math in HTML was for a long time one of those ‘I can’t believe that hasn’t been solved by now!’ issues. It seemed a bit wrong – wasn’t the Internet more or less invented by math geeks? Did they give …

Direct channels and new tools bring freedom and flexibility

By Joe Wikert
October 25, 2012

Earlier this week I wrote about why I’m bullish on publishing’s future. I talked about two areas that are ripe for change: ebook prices and formats. In the second and final part of this discussion I share the other two …

The future is bright for ebook prices and formats

By Joe Wikert
October 22, 2012

I typically get a sympathetic look when I tell people I work in the book publishing industry. They see what’s happened with newspapers, they realize many of their local bookstores have disappeared, and most of them have heard about the …

Publishing’s “open” future

By Joe Wikert
October 16, 2012

If I had to summarize the future of publishing in just one word, I’d say “open.” We’re living in a very closed publishing world today. Retailers use tools like digital rights management (DRM) to lock content, and DRM also tends …

Four short links: 12 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 12, 2012

Code Talks and Designers Don’t Speak the Language (Crystal Beasley) — Many of the bugs, however, require a deep understanding of why the product exists in the marketplace and a thorough understanding of the research that underpins the project. These …

Ebooks as native apps vs. web apps

By Joe Wikert
October 5, 2012

Over the past week I’ve posted excerpts from a very insightful email exchange between Bill McCoy of the IDPF and Sanders Kleinfeld of O’Reilly (first piece here and second piece here). This is the final installment of that thread and …

Publishing News: HMTL5 may be winning the war against apps

By Jenn Webb
June 1, 2012

Some are sticking with apps, but many publishers are choosing HTML5-based solutions; students at MIT have solutions for news; and Penguin and Macmillan tell the DOJ they weren't involved in price fixing.

Publishing News: HMTL5 may be winning the war against apps

By Jenn Webb
June 1, 2012

Some are sticking with apps, but many publishers are choosing HTML5-based solutions; students at MIT have solutions for news; and Penguin and Macmillan tell the DOJ they weren't involved in price fixing.

Four short links: 22 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 22, 2012

New Zealand Government Budget App -- when the NZ budget is announced, it'll go live on iOS and Android apps. Tablet users get details, mobile users get talking points and speeches. Half-political, but an interesting approach to reaching out to voters with political actions. Health Care Data Dump (Washington Post) -- 5B health insurance claims (attempted anonymized) to be...

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Why I haven't caught ereader fever

Why I haven't caught ereader fever
By Jenn Webb
May 18, 2012

Ereaders may have their place now, but shifts toward the web and HTML5 make the iPad a wiser and more enduring choice for digital reading.

Publishing News: Another publisher ends its app fling

By Jenn Webb
May 11, 2012

The publisher of MIT's Technology Review talks apps and HTML5, RWW's Antone Gonsalves reviews B&N's chances of survival, and Amazon hires Sara Nelson.

Publishing News: Another publisher ends its app fling

Publishing News: Another publisher ends its app fling
By Jenn Webb
May 11, 2012

The publisher of MIT's Technology Review talks apps and HTML5, RWW's Antone Gonsalves reviews B&N's chances of survival, and Amazon hires Sara Nelson.

O'Reilly Radar Show 5/10/12: The surprising rise of JavaScript

O'Reilly Radar Show 5/10/12: The surprising rise of JavaScript
By Mac Slocum
May 10, 2012

Fluent Conference co-chair Peter Cooper explains why and how JavaScript rose to prominence. Also, Steve Souders points the way to web performance tools and techniques.

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC

By Jenn Webb
May 4, 2012

B&N's Nook gets Microsoft's bankroll and will soon incorporate NFC, Amazon loses its shelf space at Target, and a publishing platform architect makes a strong argument for the end of ebooks.

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC
By Jenn Webb
May 4, 2012

B&N's Nook gets Microsoft's bankroll and will soon incorporate NFC, Amazon loses its shelf space at Target, and a publishing platform architect makes a strong argument for the end of ebooks.

Mobile web development isn't slowing down

Mobile web development isn't slowing down
By Mac Slocum
April 30, 2012

Over the last two years, mobile web development has continued its rapid evolution. In this interview, Fluent speaker and "Programming the Mobile Web" author Maximiliano Firtman discusses the short-term changes that caught his attention.

Christopher Schmitt and Simon St. Laurent discuss HTML5

Christopher Schmitt and Simon St. Laurent discuss HTML5
By Laurie Petrycki
April 12, 2012

HTML5 author Christopher Schmitt talks with O'Reilly editor Simon St. Laurent about why it's a great time to be a web developer.

Ebook formats and the allure of customer lock-in

By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2012

In a recent video interview, O'Reilly's Sanders Kleinfeld addressed a number issues surrounding ebook formats. He also talked about how vendors are among the biggest obstacles to an open, universal ebook standard and the end of DRM.

Ebook formats and the allure of customer lock-in

Ebook formats and the allure of customer lock-in
By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2012

In a recent video interview, O'Reilly's Sanders Kleinfeld addressed a number issues surrounding ebook formats. He also talked about how vendors are among the biggest obstacles to an open, universal ebook standard and the end of DRM.

Editorial Radar with Mike Loukides & Mike Hendrickson

By Laurie Petrycki
April 5, 2012

In this first episode of "Editorial Radar," O'Reilly editors Mike Loukides and Mike Hendrickson discuss the important technologies they're tracking.

Four short links: 15 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2012

atomize.js -- a distributed Software Transactional Memory implementation in Javascript. mari0 -- not only a great demonstration of what's possible in web games, but also a clever mashup of Mario and Portal. Lessons From BerkeleyDB -- chapter on BerkeleyDB's design, architecture, and development philosophy from Architecture of Open Source Applications. (via Pete Warden) An API Ontology -- I currently...

Four short links: 29 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 29, 2012

StuxNet Deep Dive -- extremely technical talk, but this page has a redux. The presenter's thesis, well-argued, is that StuxNet was absolutely aimed specifically at the Natanz facility. (via Chris Douglas) Smithsonian Digitizing Items (CNet) -- two-person project, only able to do a few items a year, but still an excellent advance. See also Bronwyn Holloway-Smith's art project around...

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

Children's ebooks and apps are big business on the iPad

By Joe Wikert
January 23, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Neal Hoskins, founder of WingedChariot, talks about challenges and opportunities in children's ebooks, including issues with screen sizes and making the development choice between EPUB or app. Hoskins also predicts three front runners vying for the future of this market (hint: Amazon isn't one of them).


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