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RIP Flash: Will you be missed?

“Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed... It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn't work on most mobile devices. It's a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of Web technology.” The words of the Occupy Flash have come true. Preps Web Browser Engine for Public Beta

Rendering engines inside browsers have been the subject of some of the fiercest debate across the Web. Although HTML5 represents a significant advance in terms of the richness of Web applications, industry giants such as Facebook have balked over what are often described as “black box” implementations of rendering engines in browsers that support HTML5 and that were not nearly as fast as native environments on mobile computing devices.

Sencha Converts Microsoft Azure into BaaS Platform

Mobile developers have come to rely on a number of backend-as-a-service (BaaS) offerings that make developing and deploying mobile applications a whole lot simpler. Now Sencha wants to take that that concept to the next logical conclusion in the form of an extension to its application development tools that turns the Microsoft Azure cloud into a BaaS environment for mobile applications.

Seven Conversations Overheard at DeveloperWeek 2014

Industry conferences such as DeveloperWeek 2014 are a great way to take the temperature of current industry thinking: whether it be discussions among developers over coffee, an aside in a panel presentation, or the chance to compare two presentation styles from developer-focused services. With ProgrammableWeb at DeveloperWeek in San Francisco, here is some of the buzz that we heard.

Javascript Gains While HTML5 Stalls

Mobile application developers are increasingly moving in the direction of Javascript while at the same time losing their enthusiasm for HTML5. According to a new survey of 6,698 mobile application developers conducted by International Data Corp. on behalf of appcelerator, a provider of tools for building mobile applications, 47.3 percent ranked JavaScript as the most relevant programming language they use today. By comparison, Java came in second at 35 percent while Objective C was third with 32 percent.

The State of the Web Audio API

HTML5 and its APIs have gone a long way toward making Web applications compete with native applications. A key area in which HTML5 has seen the maximum attention from developers has been in its support for media technologies. Developers have used HTML5 audio and video APIs in tremendously innovative ways. However, it has not been an easy ride, with developers complaining about the lack of support for complex audio and video functions.

Goo Technologies Partners with Mozilla to Showcase the Power of Web Audio API

Goo Technologies, leader in HTML5 high-end graphics for interactive visualizations, has collaborated with Mozilla to create an interactive graphics and music application that demonstrates the features of the latest Firefox release. The demo, Songs of Diridum, showcases the Web Audio API utilized in the latest Firefox release. Before the Web Audio API, a third party was needed to effectively add audio to web apps (i.e. plugins, Flash, etc.). Web Audio embeds audio processing, filtering, and other modern audio features directly into applications.

Mobile Developer Becomes Redundant

The phrase mobile application developer gets frequently bandied about because for a while not it’s required specific tools and expertise to build these types of applications. But as general purpose application development tools become more tightly integrated with HTML5, Javscript and cascading style sheets (CSS) a question about whether the average IT organization is going to need dedicated tools for building mobile application not only arises, the whole concept of being a mobile developer may eventually become as quaint as the phrase Web developer before it.

SAP Aims to Serve One Billion by 2015

By 2015 SAP aims to have has one billion people interact with some piece of the company’s software. The folks at SAP are not saying where there are now in terms of achieving that goal, but as part of achieving that goal SAP has been releasing a raft of applications that one would not normally associate with a provider of enterprise applications.