Rich media, poor programmers
As the Internet evolves, and ‘high speed connections’ are more a commonplace than old fashioned dial up, it appears that everyone wants more interactivity in their websites, be it video, flash or just simply that the page updates things without leaving the screen. Gone are the days of step through forms processing, in come the days of client side scripting and rich media.
OK, so rich media has been around for ages. It’s not really a new thing. The new thing is that people see more of what custom programming can do, they want something just like it. It doesn’t really matter if what they want is more suited for a standard desktop application or one specific browser with a specific API, it just matters that they want the cool new toy to play with. I don’t blame them, I would too. But that leaves web programmers in a quandary. How do I get a good system up and running that works for the majority of users, which is interactive and fun but still can be used by those of us who are overprotective of our computers and shut off the fancy new features, or are just still living in dial up world on browsers from the last decade. Usually my source of sanity comes from pre-built/open source programming libraries which have been tested on all sorts of systems and the nice little browser specific tweaks already added in. My favorite at the moment? jQuery.
$(“body”).append(‘<div id=”popupDialog”>Thank you for being a great person, you are appreciated</div>’);