Christian Heilmann

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Problems with the YouTube Chromeless player being unavailable? – Change the URL

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

I am almost ready to release v2 of the easy youtube player but out of a sudden everything stopped working. I thought at first my own developer key got banned for incessant re-loading locally, but even Google’s own example is broken.

The solution to it seems to be to change the URL of the embed code:

// broken
swfobject.embedSWF(‘ ... ‘)
// working
swfobject.embedSWF(‘ ... ‘)

Thanks do d.kunchev who pointed this out on the mailing list

280North bring Keynote to the web

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

I’ve first seen a preview of this at the first JavaScript developer meetup in San Francisco earlier this year, but now the 280 North guys have released their very Keynote-esque presentation editor for the web.

Have a play with it and especially check the key-commands and drag and drop support. The shape designer is also pretty nifty. That said, I am on a hefty MacBook pro, so I’ll check the performance on the old work-horse Thinkpad at home later.

The most amazing thing about this is happening under the hood: the developer wrote a library that abstracts browser rendering engines using Canvas, SVG and Flash (on a per-need basis) into a unified language – Objective J which is – as the name suggests – a mapping from Objective C to JavaScript.

I tried to milk them for more information when we met briefly (yes, the guys involved did work at Apple before – obvious, isn’t it), and will try to cover this interesting concept in more detail soon on Ajaxian or YDN.

The video of my presentation at the Flashforum Konferenz is live

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Hey, the people at just uploaded the video of my talk at last year’s conference. Click the video to see me trying to struggle through an hour of German public speaking to Flash folk :)

Reason #21312 to build accessible data tables – convert them directly to YUI flash charts!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Following up the success of the data table to Google chart post, and the request in the comments to do the same for YUI charts, go and check the YUIblog today (like, now) and get your fix there:

example of how the script creates a chart above a data table from the table data

The elevator pitch:

  • Create a valid HTML data table
  • Add two script tags to the body and a class to each table
  • Have tasty pie charts above each of the tables