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HTML5 bases Apps versus Native

August 5, 2017

In this video I talk about why HTML5 based mobile apps are the better choice over native most of the time.

… Yes, I am a heretical nerd!

Stef

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Fullscreen Background Videos in Web Pages

September 7, 2014

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Hi!

Using video as the background for a webpage was once only a nerds dream – no more! Check out our new standalone video lesson on how to do this:

https://webmentor.org/lesson/fullscreen-background-video

In this video, you learn about HTML5 and cutting edge CSS techniques. As long as you know basic HTML and CSS, you should be good to watch this video lesson. And yes, all the modern web browsers support this.

… At the same time, check out our new training site: webmentor.org.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook
KillerSites.com

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HTML 5 Beginners Series

November 20, 2012

HTML 5 is the hot technology these days because it does what we web designers and programmers always wanted HTML to do. Among other things:

  • HTML 5 makes page layout MUCH easier.
  • HTML 5 can easily make websites work like a program that you install. Nerds call them ‘applications’ or ‘thick’ clients.
  • HTML 5 makes media embeds super easy and universal – no plugins required.

There is a lot more to HTML 5 than the few things I listed above (of course) … and so we are starting a new series of beginners articles on HTML 5 that get right to the point.

You can check them out on how-to-build-websites.com

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook
killerSites.com

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HTML5 and its’ Place in Web Design

April 24, 2012

Hi,

I just released a video where I discus the growing importance of HTML5 in web design and web programming. Some of the highlights:

  • HTML5 is now supported in all the major browsers.
  • HTML5 was built from a pragmatic point of view – this means it’s really functional!
  • HTML5 has made JavaScript a much more important language to learn.

The video:

If you are a total HTML beginner, you will need to learn that, before you can tackle HTML5. You can learn JavaScript with either my written introduction to JavaScript or my super fantastic JavaScript basics video tutorial.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook
killersites.com

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HTML5 and Academic Shills.

April 21, 2012

Hey,

Anyone who has read anything I’ve written (or watched my video blogs,) knows that I can’t stand academics. I was particularly vocal against the Web Standards zealots of the early 2000’s, wherein reality was pushed aside in favor of code purity.

These nerds would ignore reality – for example:

  • They would ignore how the most popular web browsers would interpret HTML and CSS code – which often times, was in a method contrary to their nerd wet-dreams. As such, they would come up with harebrained hacks to jam in their ‘compliant’ code … hacks that eventually broke in many cases, defeating the supposed original purpose of the Web Standards movement!
  • They would also obfuscate what the actual browser use was in terms of real people surfing the Web. They would come out with numbers that did not reflect the reality they were desperately trying to ignore: that the vast majority of people surfing the Web were using web browsers (Internet Explorer) that did not play nice with their ideas of how a web browser should read code.

… It gets even more stupid: even the basic web design cycle seemed to be ignored, where their recommendations would actually get in the way of productive web design and development. I am convinced many of the big names in this movement barely created websites in, or for the real-world – they were academics.

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Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming

March 2, 2012

I really like the style of the Head First series from O’reilly – they’ve managed to create a style of nerdbook that looks more like a graphic novel, than a tech book.

Let’s start with the verdict for this particular title:

Head First HTML5 Programming is a good book if you know HTML, CSS and at least a little Javascript.

Some details …

Basically it covers many of the big features in HTML5 and the surrounding technologies. The authors make heavy use of graphics and storylines to make the book more entertaining. If you are more of a beginner when it comes to programming or web application development, then I think this presentation style will be great for you.

If on the other hand, you are a hardcore grizzled nerd programmer, the wordy, graphic and puzzle rich book might annoy you a bit. That’s OK, because O’reilly has their more traditional style of book for you.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Canvas: drawing with HTML5
  • HTML5 video
  • Web Storage – savings files to client computers – much better than JavaScript cookies!
  • Web Workers – threading with HTML5!! Yea, this particular HTML5 capability freaked me out.

There’s more topics covered including some quick introductions to JavaScript and Dom scripting. Again, if you are new to programming, I think these sections will be a little too much to handle. That’s OK, you have our super fantastically easy KillerSites JavaScript video training to cover you there.

😉

Being a shameless self promoter that I am, we also have our own HTML5 interactive video courses you can learn from. It’s all good, depending on how you like to learn.

Stefan Mischook
killersites.com
killerphp.com

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