Monthly Archives: August 2011

HTML for Babies [BOOK]

If this is not the epitome of our era, in which kids are exposed earlier and earlier to various technological innovations, I’m not sure what is.

A great idea by Web designer John Vanden-Heuvel from CodeBabies.

This visually simple, yet stunning book is designed for the “children’s books” section of retailers, but I’m sure geek parents might have more fun with the book than the kids would (not that babies would’t love playing with the colorful letters of the book). If only Tim Berners-Lee had one of these when he was 6 months old…

HTML for Babies can be found on Amazon.

Book Description

It’s never too early to be standards compliant! Show your little ones HTML markup code along with letter forms to get them started on the visual patterns and symbols that make up the essential building blocks of the Web. The first in a three-volume set, originally designed by a NYC Web Designer for his baby, this beautiful book is a fun and colorful introduction to the world of web design for babies.
I’ve guaranteed my copy of HTML for Babies, and eagerly await the release of CSS for Infants, Java for Toddlers… oh well…

Steve Jobs – Thinking Outside the Box

It’s common knowledge that Steve Jobs is an innovator and has done a great hob at bringing Apple back up and making it one of the most prominent technology companies of our time.

This video is particularly interesting in that it shows Jobs’ ability to express ideas in a simple manner with effective persuasive discourse that elicits just the right reaction from the audience. When he announced the partnership with Microsoft, back in 1997, he made a careful choice of words and visual aids (including a live video link with Bill Gates) to explain the partnership highlights.

Perhaps the following sentence  is the perfect example that summarizes his genius in that deal and the fact that he makes the right decision even when people can’t seem to comprehend why at first. Back when Apple vs. Microsoft was even more serious business, Steve Jobs says at 7’17″:

“If we wanna move forward and see Apple healthy and prospering again we have to let go of a few things here. We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. We have to embrace the notion that for Apple to win, APPLE has to do a really good job, and if others are gonna help us, that’s great! Because we need all the help that we can get. And if we screw up and don’t do a good job it’s not someone else’s fault: it’s our fault!”

Here’s a good (old) article on Businessweek about Steve Jobs’ presentation secrets: Uncovering Steve Jobs’ Presentation Secrets.

Adobe Edge – Ferramenta de desenvolvimento em HTML5

Adobe acaba de lançar (gratuitamente) a ferramenta de desenvolvimento de conteúdo Web em HTML5 chamada Edge. Vocês estão considerando seu uso no desenvolvimento de conteúdo pra #EaD ?

Seria essa mais uma indicação da direção da Web rumo à padrões mais abertos?


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