Chrome, JavaScript, mobile, webdev

The Latest From The Web

google-chrome-logoA lot of new interesting APIs that are pushing the web platform forward introduced with Chrome 43 (now in Stable). Let see the ones that are going to impact a lot of users.

  • The Fetch API now allows developers to directly operate on and incrementally release the bytes of streamed network responses, in contrast to the equivalent XMLHttpRequest functionality that requires developers keep the entire in-progress stream response in memory.
  • The Cache Storage API, previously only available in service workers, now provides developers full imperative control over their caching in the page context. This is huge! It will enable users to have better (=faster) experience in places where the connections are not good.
  • Autofill and Autocomplete – People hate filling out web forms, especially on mobile devices, learn how to help them complete it up to 30% faster. (And yes! I wrote it).

  • Chrome OS now fires devicemotion events on pages at a regular interval, allowing developers to track the device’s acceleration in the same way they do on all other platforms. I’m guessing we will see in the near future, some new games (and apps) that take it into consideration.
  • Polymer 1.0 Released – Polymer is a new way of thinking about building web applications – a sugaring layer on top of Web Components, making it easy for you to create interoperable custom elements. These elements can then be put together to create app-like immersive experiences on the web. If you are Looking for a fast and easy way to get started use the Polymer starter kit. Packed with the latest elements, ready-to-use boilerplate, and an end-to-end toolchain to use from development through production deployment, the starter kit works out of the box so you can focus on adding features right away. Btw, with this release the Polymer project now ready for production!
  • Chrome Custom Tabs – Chrome custom tabs allow apps to run a Chrome browser on top of the app. Take for example Pinterest. When the user clicks on a link in Pinterest App that would ordinarily spin up a browser tab on your phone. Instead, Pinterest can use a custom Chrome tab. Apps are also able to customize the tab through color and branding and/or add options to the options menu. Here is the code for an example:

Last but not least, you might want to check a new episode from “Totally Tooling Mini Tip: Command-line Keyboard Shortcuts”




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