The tenth instalment of the all-new Rawkes Weekly. In it I go over recent events and give you some of my favourite links related to Web development and general geekery.
Since the last update there has been further progression with the Gamepad and Mouse Lock APIs within Firefox. In fact, there is now an experimental build of the browser that contains both APIs for you to play with.
Also, not long ago I started integrating the Mozilla Open Web Apps API, Gamepad API, and Full Screen API into Rawkets. This is the future, people!
The coolest thing about the Open Web Apps API is that it allows players to install the game (or any Website with an application manifest file) as a native OS app with a desktop/dock icon and no browser UI.
Links of the week
- Ilmari Heikkinen
- Socket.IO and firewall software
- Useful research into the issues surrounding WebSockets and firewalls. Turns out there isn't such a problem so long as you're aware of the issue use the right ports.
- Building the Game
- Source code and tutorials for Brandon Jones' series on building a game with WebGL.
- Introducing Flatiron
- Yet another interesting initiative from the guys at Nodejitsu to make Node.js development a little easier.
- Report from the W3C Games Community Group Summit Nov 2011
- Just after New Game Conference the W3C Games Community Group met up in San Francisco to discuss the state of creating games with open Web technologies. This report is the result of that meeting.
- HTML5 Game Lab
- This partnership between Bocoup and Atlas Ventures aims to fund projects related to the open Web games industry.
- Developer Tools in Firefox Aurora 10
- We're working hard at Mozilla to bring built-in developer tools to Firefox. Right now they are pretty damn awesome and this post highlights what can be done with them.
- HTML5 2D gaming performance analysis
- The guys at Scirra have taken the time to do some performance tests on HTML5 canvas and WebGL. The results are interesting.
- A little tool that visualises the various transport platforms that Socket.IO supports. The aim is to help you determine which transports to support in your application.
Track of the week
Unlike Me by Kate Havnevik. I'm a massive fan on Imogen Heap, and that combined with the new Spotify resulted in me finding out about Kate Havnevik. Such soothing music.