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Dragging the web platform into the late 90s, one spec at a time
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I'm a web developer working on Chrome, Chrome for AndroidChrome Frame, and the broader web platform at Google London. I'm guilty of manyJavaScript transgressions. Through the Chrome team I serve in various standards-facing capacities, most-directly as a Google representative to ECMA TC39 (the standards body for JavaScript).

My professional goal is to make the web suck less.

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Scary to think DHTMLcentral was almost 15 years ago!
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This is WAAAAAY too hard.

Major OSS HTTP daemons and OS distributors have a lot to answer for.

Yes, you, +Canonical, +Apache Software Foundation, etc.
 
Andy Wingo, maybe the smartest person I know and probably the only person on the planet with major contributions to all open source JS VMs, tries to set up SSL TLS. Hilarity Sadness ensues.
I just set up SSLTLS on my web site. Everything can be had via https://wingolog.org/, and things appear to work. However the process of transitioning even a simple web site to SSL is so clownshoes bad that it's amazing anyone ever does it. So here's an incomplete list of things that can go wrong ...
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Chrome Canary has an experimental implementation of NetInfo API! ... And we're looking for feedback! Instructions to give it a try:

- Boot up Chrome Canary (works on mobile Canary as well)
- Enable chrome://flags/#enable-experimental-web-platform-features

API, use cases, and Chrome design docs:
http://w3c.github.io/netinfo/
http://w3c-webmob.github.io/netinfo-usecases/
https://docs.google.com/a/chromium.org/document/d/1LTk9uVMGi4kurzcF5ellsAJReTF31fFJMHrQwSVtBjc/edit?pli=1

Question: is it worth exposing more information about the type of cellular (and other) connections? E.g. HSPA vs LTE, 2G vs 3G vs 4G. If yes, how would you use it? Concrete use cases would go a long way here! And if not, why not?
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Wow
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For all the game/vm/web people out there, I finally got around to my (yearly, it seems) Box2d benchmark update. There are definitely some interesting changes afoot in the world of web VMs.

http://www.j15r.com/blog/2014/05/23/Box2d_2014_Update
Just a quick post to call out a recent update to my old Box2d benchmarks. I'd been meaning to update the numbers for some time, and it became clear that now is that time when I got several pull requests and issues reported within the last month or so (thanks to Alon Zakai, Alex Russell, ...
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The ServiceWorker just hit first public working draft, here's what it is and why
If registration worked, /my-blog/sw.js will begin installing for URLs that look like /my-blog/* . The scope is optional, defaulting to the whole origin. Registration will fail if the URLs are on a different origin to the page, the script fails to download & parse, or the origin is not HTTPS.
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SO GOOD.
 
If you haven't seen Chrome's FrameViewer, you're in for a treat: http://bit.ly/1uItZvD - everything you ever wanted to know about Chrome's rendering stuck, plus more. Word of warning: chrome://tracing definitely takes some getting used to, but is definitely worth it.
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Ooh +Paul Sowden +Antin Harasymiv FYI :)
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Wowza.
 
#DevTools Tip: Enhanced Network Filtering with autocomplete

Network filtering just got a bit better, you can now filter resources by certain fields such as Domain. Apply a filter like this: Domain:website.com. In addition to filtering, you also get autocomplete suggestions for valid filter values.
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Font downloading can be a performance nightmare and the browsers handle rendering-during-download differently. Thankfully, a new CSS proposal gives you full control! Here's me telling +Paul Lewis about it.
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The web is getting new capabilities! +Alex Russell and +Jake Archibald  discuss some of the changes that are already available, such as background processing with Service Worker, and also give you a sneak peek at some new APIs we're testing out. Which APIs? You'll have to watch to find out!

#io14   #serviceworker   #web   #webapps  
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Tech ++
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Less than 48 hours remain for us to ask W3C members (ACs) to cast their vote for candidates who support reforms that continue to open up the process and find ways to give developers a proper voice in the process.  If you believe that we need changes to how we think about and develop standards - like those described in the extensiblewebmanifesto, I encourage you to share, plus, tweet your support for candidates who have expressed support for things we care about.  The W3C AB is advisory in nature, but their job is to work with and advise the W3C and membership, which means it is an excellent space to put people who can carry and help represent the interests of currently disenfranchised developers too (as I explain in my last posts briankardell.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/desparately-seeking-jimi/ and https://medium.com/@briankardell/developers-of-earth-750d6fee536c).
  
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Pro-tip: Votes aren't final until the election closes - even if you cast votes already you can always change your mind :)
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Incredibly proud to have had a hand in making Web Components A Thing (TM).
 
The #W3C just won the +net magazine award for Best New Web Technology: Web Components! 
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Still hoping to be released tonight after the appendectomy yesterday. Ugh.
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keep your helthy
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