Behind in Mootools

Well I’ve been heads down working on some ipad and other apps that I missed the fact that mootools has gone up to 1.3. After reading up on the latest posts I see all these posts on mootools libraries that have been released for 1.3 that I was getting ready to release (my versions) for 1.2. Especially the ipad gesture library I have been working on. Now all my work seems to be in the toilet since there is a new version of mootools out and libraries optimized for the new version.

*sigh*

I need to read up on the state of mootools more often so I’m not beating a dead horse. I still plan on releasing my code, but more as a learning example rather than providing something useful to the community. Note to self: crank your stuff out faster.

Congrats to the mootools team for finalizing their release.

Ipad development

I haven’t updated much lately due to being heads down on a project at Yahoo. In the meantime, I’ve been able to learn a lot about what html5 and css3 can do for ipad development.

What I find to most helpful is the fact that I don’t have to focus on making a website work across ALL platforms. These really frees me from browser hacks that can bulk up the code. CSS3 is amazing. I still can’t get over how cool some of the effects and animation are. The animations run way smoother than traditional javascript animation. Of course I use javascript to trigger most of the animations but the css does most of the heavy lifting.

I’ve developed several mootools libraries to work with the ipad. The main library I’ve put a lot of effort in is called MaxiPad. Funny name, but it is an ipad event engine. It can detect taps, double-taps, long touches, flicks (up, down, left, right) and can do multitouch events like rotation (clockwise and counter-clockwise). I’ve even got it emulating multi-touch on a desktop browser as well (however, not without some bugs…still working on that). Another library I’ve developed is a transition manager which is loosely based on the apple safari demos.

I’m working on setting up my website mootools javascript experiments page with all the new stuff I’ve come up with. Still trying to rescue old experiments off my failed harddrive from my previous server, but I’m not going to let that stop me from putting up new things.

So thats the state of things. Kind of slow on the web updates, but there are just a lot of exciting things going on.