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Two of the takeaways from the 1DevDay Detroit conference 11/17/2012.

I wrote up my thoughts and takeaways on the 1DevDay Detroit conference for the Enlighten blog, and you can find the post here:

Enlighten 1DevDay Blog Post

I just wanted to expand for just a moment on the keynotes.  They weren’t technical.  You probably didn’t learn anything that would significantly impact your coding ability.  But they were, in many ways, the most important thing that was presented at the conference.  Both keynotes, if the principles are applied to our daily lives, would impact our life success far more than a little tip on the newest coding language.

So I urge people to take talks like these to heart.  Apply the practical points the speakers give, and continue to appreciate self-improvement just as much as technical detail.

Border radius inset or inverted rounded corners

At work today I was asked if it was possible to make inverted rounded corners on an element using CSS3, and it was a fun little challenge.  I thought maybe I would find that border radius has an “inset” property that can be applied, and the W3C probably should have considered adding that.  Ah well, it still turned out to be relatively simple, and I thought I’d document in case it can help anyone else.

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Can Opera get more usage?

I came across this link (Facebook To Buy Opera? Maybe. Here’s What We Hear) earlier.  It got me thinking about what that could mean for the browser wars.  Right now, Opera has less than 2% of all web users browsing with it’s browser on the desktop, although they have 15%-20% of all mobile browser traffic.

Facebook meanwhile has a ton of users.  They might have to be a little careful, but they could promote Opera to their users and increase Opera’s user base.  But more importantly, Facebook can use the experience Opera’s developers have with mobile.

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Browser stats, Summer 2012

One of the things I have to review periodically is what browsers people are using.  I am looking for a few things specifically.  I don’t really care which browser is edging out the number 1 spot.  No, I’m generally looking at the bottom of the scale, to which browsers are falling out of use, and are safe to discontinue testing on.

I’m currently particularly interested in the stats for Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3.6.  Why those 2?  Starting with Firefox 5, Mozilla implemented automatic upgrades similar to (although a bit more manual than) the upgrades to Google Chrome.  And if you look at the stats for Firefox 5+ or Chrome, you see very quick abandonment of preview versions when a new version comes out.  Firefox 4 never got much traction, but Firefox 3.6 had a lot of holdouts that either upgraded and then rolled back or never upgraded at all.

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