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Alex Russell
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Dragging the web platform into the late 90s, one spec at a time
Dragging the web platform into the late 90s, one spec at a time

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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