Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Permanent Redirect

I finally decided to get a host of my own. I setup a blog at www.starkravingfinkle.org. Blogger has been a great experience for me and I would recommend it to anyone. I just wanted more control and space for doing my own thing.

I am updating the FeedBurner feed, so anyone actually subscribed should get updated without any problems.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Live Clipboard & Open Laszlo

Two really cool announcements this week: Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard concept and Open Laszlo running on DHTML. I see both announcements having long term effects.

Live Clipboard is just so simple and useful, it has to get adopted, standardized and built into any serious web and non-web applications. That's right, desktop applications and OS shells should also support Live Clipboard. Users will love it. Moving data between web and desktop applications should be as simple as copy/paste.

Applications built using Open Laszlo can now be run using Flash or DHTML runtimes. So those Laszlo guys were serious after all. They have a demo running on both runtimes. Very nice. This goes a long way toward platform and runtime independence. A trend I'd like to see continue. Maybe a XUL based runtime could happen too.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

IE7 Changes for MSHTML Embedding

This is post is really for me more than anything else. I have been trying to find some information on what new features IE7 offers for those embedding the WebBrowser control. In the process, I also found some stuff that came out with IE6 during the WinXP SP2 timeframe.

  • DOCHOSTUIFLAG: New flags for navigation and redirect control. Also flags for enabling new "windowless" SELECT elements instead of the old "windowed" versions.
  • INTERNETFEATURELIST: This enumeration of features can out in IE6, mainly for controlling security. IE7 adds a couple new features for controlling more security stuff, tabbed browsing and builtin XMLHttpRequest. Also, it provides a way to turn off the damn navigation sounds without hacking the registry. Used with CoInternetSetFeatureEnabled and related API's.
  • Tabbed Browsing Developer Summary: Describes the effects on the DOM, shows how applications hosts can enable tabbed browsing shortcuts, and describes new notifications.
  • What's New in Internet Explorer 7: Summary of the major changes in Internet Explorer 7 of particular interest to the developers.
  • NewWindow3 Event: Showed up in IE6 XPSP2. Gives developers better control over handling new browser windows.
  • Microsoft Feeds API: An API for creating, managing, and accessing Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.
  • Protected Mode API: Develop extensions and add-ons for Internet Explorer that can interact with the file system and registry. Includes methods to control a "Save As" dialog and save content to file.
  • Many URI related API's: CreateUri and IUri interface just for starters.

I came across most of this stuff by searching the MSDN site looking for "Internet Explorer 7 or later". I'll try to update this page as I find out more information.