Category Archives: JavaScript

How mobile Flickr was built

Really interesting blog post on how the mobile version of Flickr was constructed. I haven’t had the opportunity to try the mobile version of the site out on a mobile browser aside from iPhone Safari, but it works really well on that browser. You can tell the focus on optimising everything has paid off when it comes down to user experience, and I love the visual feedback that every click provides (so the user isn’t left twiddling his/her thumbs wondering if a click has registered).

Very cool Safari iPhone demo

It seems Apple included a Safari update in their recent 2.1 firmware upgrade and have now opened up a few new things for web developers to play with, as Matthew Congrove blogs about on myDailyPhoto. His iPhone Safari Flick Navigation demo is really impressive and opens up new ways of serving web content to iPhone/iPod Touch users.

Browse the demo directly from your iPhone by clicking here. Article originally spotted on Ajaxian.

iPhone touching and gesturing

Really interesting article here on some of the things you can achieve with HTML and JavaScript for iPhone’s Safari browser. I’m an iPhone n00b but am impressed so far with the device (which’ll be even better once O2 enable the “phone” part and connect me by midnight tonight apparently). Being able to develop iPhone-specific web content interests me and it seems you’re able to work with screen interaction quite a bit.

Direct link to the demo here, but won’t work properly unless you’re viewing with an iPhone/iPod Touch.

Safari 3.1 kicks ass

Apple have updated Safari to version 3.1 to include support for a lot of cutting-edge technology (including client-side database storage), along with adding a native developer dropdown (enabled within the preferences section). With Firefox 3, Opera 9.5 coming soon and, erm, IE8, it’s looking like the browser market is about to make web developer’s lives a lot more interesting soon.

By “interesting” I of course mean more difficult!

P.S. Visit this page in Safari 3.1 to see some funky CSS animation. Coo!

SWFObject 2.0

The new SWFObject is out. There are two main ways to embed Flash content on a page, with Option 2 sounding like the best fit for the rules/regulations we have to adhere to for work (progressive enhancement, no click-to-activate rubbish in IE, you HAVE to have JS to view the Flash, etc). Option 2 follows a similar method to SWFObject 1.5 as well.

Will have to look into the documentation in detail and try out some examples on a range of browsers if I have the time…