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Kenneth Spencer, Posted On: October 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I have been evaluating the IE9 beta since it came out in September, and to my surprise it is actually pretty good. Microsoft has had its hands full with IE for so many years fixing bugs and supporting older standards that it is actually pretty amazing to see a product release from them that pushes forward.

When IE7 came out it was remarkable because it head been so many years  since we had seen a release from Microsoft. As developers we had suffered for so long  trying to work around IE6's many, many bugs.  So when IE7 finally came out and fixed some of those bugs we were very excited.  Unfortunately it didn't fix all of the bugs from IE6, and it introduced a few of its own. As time went on we came to realize that the uptake of this new browser was also low. Many users still clung to IE6 for whatever reason.  So now we had two squirrely browsers to test for instead of one.  

When IE8 finally came out, we found this to be a big step forward. It pretty much rendered all HTML4 and CSS2 properly. It was still well behind the other browsers which were on to HTML5 and CSS3 by this time, and it still didn't support many long standing Java Script standards, but at least it wasn't crazily buggy. Finally we had something we could work with. Unfortunately like IE7 the adoption rates were low with many users still using IE6 and IE7. Now we had three different browsers  from MS that we had to work with each of which with the potential to render a page completely differently than the others. This while competing browsers all render pages consistently year after year version after version.

Shawn Bouchard, Posted On: September 23, 2009 at 9:53 AM

It seems like there's a ton of information coming out this week regarding developments in web development. Here I have assembled some links to blogs, websites and pages that discuss interesting new technologies, work arounds and generally cool stuff that web developers might find interesting. Some of these innovations will apply to Smallbox, but most apply to anyone working in web development.

First off, Smallbox has released an upgrade to our core content management engine. The latest release offers improvements in page load time (on average pages now render twice as fast as the previous version), new functionality such as the ability to manage navigation using Smallbox Config™, and hundreds of other small improvements that contribute to the ongoing evolution of our content management system. 

IE Workaround - Google developers have come up with a clever work around for the ongoing and painful experience of optimizing websites to work for Internet Explorer. The Google Chrome Frame is essentially a plug-in for IE 6/7/8 that renders pages with Google Chrome's webkit engine. How sweet is that?!

Google has also released a new set of tools called Google Web Elements. Web Elements lets developers and content managers insert code snippets that integrate Google Calendar, Maps, News, YouTube Video and more into your website. Users can specify specific sources and render this information on their website as an interactive page plug-in.

Have you heard of Kaltura? If not you should definitely know more about it...

Shawn Bouchard, Posted On: January 05, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Smallbox Software has announced that as of today, the company will no longer provide default support for Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) 6.x browser for content managed websites built on the Smallbox CMS platform.