Peter VanRysdam / Development / August 9th, 2011

August: Summing Up Web & Mobile Development News

We’re deep in the dog days of summer, and while all I want to do is sit in a hammock sipping something with an umbrella in it, I have a duty to bring you the latest goings on in the world of Web development and mobile. It’s raining outside anyhow, so that can wait. Prepare yourself for a late July, early August news recap overload.

IE Users Have Lower IQ Than Users of Other Web Browsers [STUDY] – via Mashable / CNN
Well this was a story that was passed around the Web a couple of weeks back. How was this study conducted? By seeing how many people clicked on the “take a free IQ test” banner from each browser? Turns out it wasn’t conducted, because it was a hoax. My guess for how to find the people behind this? Find the two guys who actually use Opera, since the study claimed they were the smartest.

What’s the Fastest Web Browser in the “Real World?” Chrome. – via TechCrunch
And while we’re talking browsers, let’s talk about speed. Most speed tests are conducted in labs. It seems each browser developer has a lab where their own browser is king. However this test was conducted in a place called the real world. Isn’t that what matters? For what it’s worth, Chrome came out on top, with Firefox 5 right on its heels.

Adobe Launches HTML5 Web Animations Tool via Mashable
So now that you know which broswer is the fastest today, it’s time to put something in it. Adobe is there to help with some new HTML5 tools to get you started. It’s pretty clear that Adobe sees the writing on the wall when it comes to Flash. You win this round, Steve Jobs.

Lorem Ipsum Generators: 10 Ways To Make Your Dummy Text More Fun – via Mashable
Lorem Ipsum, the dummy content we Web developers use to populate content areas on sites in development, hasn’t advanced much since latin was still the official language of the Catholic church. Mashable was good enough to put together a few options for bored designers. My favorites? Bacon Ipsum (a hearty generator of all meat terms) and Malevole Text Generator (fill your site with TV theme song lyrics, FTW!).

Facebook trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’ – via Gigaom 
Let me translate for the non-Geek. Facebook started small, and kept adding to it’s code. The site’s backend now looks like a patchwork quilt made by a colorblind toddler. Think about building a house out of standard 2x4s and the house turning in to a skyscraper, without ever resupporting the foundation. So look for the epic crash any day now. According to that guy, at least.

DudaMobile Makes Your Website Mobile in One Click – via TechCrunch
What better way to transition from talking Web development to mobile development than with a story about making your Website optimized for mobile? One click? Might be too good to be true, or the resulting mobile sites might just not be too good. Either way, it’s a viable option for small businesses on a budget.

Visa To Ramp Up Chip Migration To Support NFC And Mobile Payments via TechCrunch
Paying with a credit card already doesn’t feel like using real money. Paying with your phone should propel Americans even deeper in debt. Because, let’s face it, swiping your credit card is just too time consuming. Visa is on the problem, America. Fear not.

AT&T Harasses T-Mobile Spokeswoman in Virgin Mobile Ad [VIDEO] – via Mashable
Let me see if I have the timeline right. Apple released the ‘Apple v. PC’ ads. T-Mobile spoofed the forumla to take on iPhone-partner AT&T. Now Virgin Mobile is using the concept to poke fun at the proposed T-Mobile/AT&T merger. I think we’ve officially jumped the shark on this one.
So what did we miss? Any other cool Web or mobile development stories out there? Talk to me, Goose.

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