After years of only talk about the HTML5 specification the last 2 years or so browser vendors are finally starting to implement most parts of the specification, even though the HTML5 specification isn’t completed yet. Because of this I haven’t been paying much (or any) attention to it at all so I’ve got no clue about all the new features that HTML5 brings.
Luckily for me the free online book Dive Into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim gives a nice introduction to HTML5. It gives a nice explanation on how to use <article>, <header>, <footer> and <nav> but also some of the other elements as <video> and <canvas>. Geo-location, storage, offline availability, new types of form elements and microdata have chapters of their own as well. I think microdata is an interesting addition, although I’m not sure yet it would serve any other purpose than providing specific data to search engines.
Reading this book has brought me up-to-date quickly on the HTML5 topic and makes it a less scary beast for me. If you’re interested at all in web development then I suggest reading Mark Pilgrim’s excellent book.
Edit: I was told the site no longer exists, but https://digital.com/tools/html-cheatsheet/ has a nice overview as well.
As can be seen on my bucket list I’ve got quite a few programming languages I want and need to learn this year. Some pure out of interest. Some because I have to.
First on the list is Lua. A nice lightweight programming language that’s perfect for embedding in other software applications to provide scripting functionality. In the last 2 years I’ve only touched the surface of the language so far. I upgraded the pub.lua BlitzMax module to use Lua 5.1.4 and so far have experimented with scripting some game prototypes. As well as some pure Lua stuff such as an IRC bot and a website scraper.
I also own a copy and have read the book Programming in Lua as well. But I still need to do some proper coding with this amazing language before I consider that I’ve mastered Lua.
Not that I aspire a career as a .NET programmer but Visual C# is probably the easiest way to program visual Windows desktop applications. Aside from that it’s quite big in the industry. It certainly is in the Netherlands. The XNA framework also makes it very interesting to have a go with it as I still want to do some game programming. And although I mainly got BlitzMax for that it’s a good thing to try something else as well.
The language also has some interesting features such as LINQ. I also consider it a proper language now that is has support for lambda’s. Finally it’s a language I have to learn for future needs and to get a head start on something big for me. Which is something I’ll announce soon on my blog.
Third on the list but first to learn is Haskell. Haskell is an advanced purely-functional programming language and that’s exactly what I want to learn: a purely-functional programming language. In the years I’ve been on and off reading Perlmonks I keep coming across the advice to learn a functional programming language. Aside from Perlmonks this also seems to come up quite often in replies on StackOverflow. The people telling it’s a good thing to learn a functional programming language say it helps you in how you think about problems and solving them. Even if you never intend to use the language ever again. This is advice coming from programmers that are in the business for over 15-20+ years so I suppose it should hold some value.
The reason they give is exactly the reason I want to learn Haskell. Even if I never use it again after learning the language and have written some projects.
I hate Java. I really really really hate Java. It’s an abomination. I have never ever stumbled upon a Java application that isn’t slow as a turd. It’s a language I must learn as well though, for the same reason I need to learn C#. Difference with C# is that I think the language is at least a bit fun and I want to learn it. What makes me wonder the most though is why I need to learn Java as to me C# can do everything Java can as well, only faster. And with better tools.
Have you ever tried Eclipse? It makes me want to kill myself. Never ever shall I touch that dragon again.
I guess I’ll get that answer by the end of 2011.
To everyone that takes the time to visit my blog I’d like to wish to a happy new year!