News roundup: Mozilla Rainbow, Wink toolkit, JSMentors
Mozilla has previously dabbled into in-browser audio recording with Jetpack, but this is their first foray into video recording.
Currently the plugin is only available for Firefox nightlies running on OSX. Future releases will have expanded OS support, as well as other improvements such as support for WebM video and live streaming of video feeds.
It seems clear that this addon anticipates the HTML device tag, which opens up camera and microphone access to the browser. What’s exciting is that developers can start developing for that today (and hope it’s not too troublesome to convert an app written for Rainbow into the future native implementation).
Wink toolkit (Webapp Innovation Kit)
The interesting thing about Wink is that it comes with a ton of UI controls out of the box: accordion, carousel, date picker, menu, popup, slideshow, etc. One of the coolest things is a drawing surface called “movement tracker”. All these nice features and effects available right out of the box is quite impressive for something that hasn’t been in the wild for too long. Definitely go check it out!
It seems to be a great free resource, but it’s somewhat troubling to see that it hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. Anything free is worth checking out, and especially so when it has the right people behind it. So go check it out!
Introducing Sencha Animator: The CSS3 Alternative to Flash (not JS, but pretty big news from the creators of Sencha)
Firefox now has its own built-in web console
Functionality Focused Code Organization by Rebecca Murphey (slides)
Modernizr 1.6 released