Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Another Chapter...

Well, another phase of my professional career is coming to an end - I resigned from Haworth on Monday. I'm currently working out my required 2 weeks notice and plan to start at my new job in March at Global Forex Trading ( I'll be heading up a sort of web R&D practice within the company doing what I like to do best - building cool shit! I'm very excited and plan to share more of my work here for anyone that cares.

Onward and upward!

Friday, February 08, 2008

WebKit News from the Mother Ship

I was fortunate enough to meet with Apple this past week on a trip to the Bay Area. In my visit I learned of the web application team and specifically the WebKit team within Apple. This is a dedicated team to developing and furthering the progress of the WebKit technology that forms the backbone of Apple's Safari browser, Mail client, and Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch browsers, among others.

One of the unique features of this group is the fact that it is one of the few open source teams within the Apple umbrella. They are working in the code base with developers from around the world driving the next versions of the products and technologies to be included in the WebKit open source project. Any of us can go to to contribute to the project, download source code, or play with nightly builds. This is one place where we can actually see a 'product roadmap' for what Apple will be including in their products in the future.

Some of the cool features that we should be able to see in an early phase from the nightly builds are things like:

  • Embedded browser database for occasionally connected data access

  • Expressiveness in transitions - basically browser based Flash-like transitions

  • Downloadable fonts

  • Inline CSS editing

  • Full support for SVG

Very cool stuff! You can also follow the threads at two blogs related to WebKit development at aka SurfinSafari.