Some of the technologies for browser based games coming out are simply amazing. Hardware accelerated 3D graphics, ability to use PS3 or Xbox controllers within the browser, and full screen game play. Many of the demos looked indistinguishable from games on the PlayStation 3 and other consoles. Compared to Flash, HTML5 based technologies are definitely on an equal footing — of course unless the site needs to work in Internet Explorer. Some things never change…
There were many good take-aways from the talks. Improving tools was one of the main ones, one that I’ve now had a chance to implement. I’ve built a number of new tools in both shell scripts and compiled code to validate the code quality of the sites I produce. These validators, called ‘lint’ in programming, help make sure the sites I build not only work but are well written too. I’ve made a tool to help automate site creation, which really improves consistency – another core part of quality work.
And last but not least, another if not web related takeaway was Decaf Sucks, a coffee review site that is excellent if you’re visiting Australia – really takes the stress out of finding a decent espresso!