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Does HTML5 Need a Main Element?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3) is already working on a draft specification for HTML 5.1. It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this kind of thing that many of the proposed new standards have been coming up for debate. One of the points of contention is the new “main” element.

Revisiting the HTML5 vs. Native Debate
HTML5's rapid progress as a platform means that developers, particularly mobile application developers, need to revisit earlier decisions. Should they create applications natively or take advantage of the ability to “write once, run everywhere”? The answer isn't as simple as it may have been even just one year ago.

Ruby-on-Rails Faces Second Security Flaw in a Week
For the second time in a week, Ruby-on-Rails maintainers have been forced to push out what they describe as “extremely critical security fixes” to close a security hole in the popular framework. Left unpatched, the hole could allow malicious hackers to execute code in Rails applications without having to go through authentication.

Project Nashorn to Make Java, JavaScript Work Together
Oracle is putting its weight behind a new project aimed at making JavaScript work better with Java. Dubbed Project Nashorn, its goal is “to implement a lightweight high-performance JavaScript runtime in Java with a native JVM.”

Responsive Web Design: More Than Just a Buzz Word
Perceptive website developers not only know what responsive web design is; they've already put it into practice. Thanks to a number of trends among web users, the need for websites built along responsive web design principles will certainly continue to grow. If you're not tuned in to this change in the field just yet, keep reading to find out why you need to get on board, or risk getting left behind.

JavaScript Virus Attacks Tumblr Blogs
Earlier this week, Tumblr fell victim to a fast-spreading virus that affected logged-in users who viewed infected blog pages. The company was forced to temporarily suspend the ability of site users to post in order to get the JavaScript virus under control and clean it from the website.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker 1.0 Makes Videos More Interactive
As a website developer, you know how difficult it is to add text, overlays, links, and other potentially interactive elements to videos. Earlier this month, however, Mozilla changed that when they released Popcorn Maker 1.0. Based entirely on web standards, this video editing software allows even non-programmers to achieve excellent results.

Ruby 2.0 Prepped for February 2013 Release
Ruby programmers received some exciting news on the same day that general elections were held here in the US. Ruby 2.0.0 got an immediate feature freeze, which means that this version will be released soon. Indeed, Yusuke Endoh, Ruby 2.0's release manager, revealed its targeted release date: February 24, 2013.

Add New Website Features to Please Users
You may be surprised by the number of features you can add to your website that improve its usability. Some greatly affect a site's look and feel, while others add small but friendly “touches” that make it seem more personal. With CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery, you can easily experiment with some of the ideas I'll be discussing in this article.

Google Releases Stable Dart Version, JavaScript Rival
After more than a year of work, Google finally released the first stable version of Dart, the scripting language it hopes will take the place of JavaScript. Though the search giant also unveiled plenty of other goodies to go along with Dart, the company faces an uphill battle for the language's adoption.

HTML5: Not for Phone Apps?
The latest version of Hypertext Markup Language offers rich functionality without requiring the assistance of third-party plug-ins. This capability should make it perfect for generic web applications that work on any mobile platform. The reality falls short of this ideal.

Why LinkedIn Switched from Ruby on Rails
Quite some time ago, professional networking website LinkedIn moved the back-end infrastructure of its mobile site and applications from Ruby on Rails to Node.js. The company made this change for performance and scalability reasons. Does that mean that RoR is a bad idea for mobile services? Not exactly.

HTML5 or Native?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone down on record as stating that developing with HTML5 was “one of the biggest strategic mistakes we made.” Does that mean you should not use it in a corporate environment? Far from it.

Open XML Finally Supported by MS Office
It's about time – and it happened so quietly that it went all but unnoticed in some quarters. But last month, Jim Thatcher, Principal Program Manager Lead for Office Standards, announced that Office 2013 would support two additional formats: Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. The move closes one front in a years-long tech war between proprietary vendors and open source advocates.

Khan Academy Unveils New JavaScript Learning Environment
Imagine that you can type some JavaScript code on one side of your screen, and immediately see what it does on the other side. Imagine that you can make changes to this code and see the effect instantly, without having to recompile. The Khan Academy did – and built an interface that accomplishes this task.

Attention: Forum and Site Maintenance
Attention members: the Dev Articles forums and tutorial site will be in maintenance mode Tuesday, August 14th, late in the afternoon, Eastern Standard Time. The forum/site may be down briefly during this time or may be viewable (you may not be able to post, but you will be able to read other's threads). We apologize in advance for the inconvenience, but it is a necessary step towards moving our sites to a new server so that we may better serve you, our audience. Thanks for your patience during this process, and if you have any questions, please direct them to james@developershed.com.

Java Too Insecure, Says Microsoft Researcher
Microsoft Malware Protection Center researcher Matt Oh has been sounding the alarm about Java-based malware. He says that the situation is continuing to get worse. The problem goes far beyond Windows, too.

Accessing Nitro? There`s an App for That
While many users enjoy accessing the Internet through their iPhone or iPad, some may have noticed a certain disparity in the speed of certain browsers or applications. That's not endemic to the products; in fact, it has a lot more to do with something called Nitro. Fortunately, there's an app called Nitrous that can help those with the need for speed.

XML Features Added to Two Systems
Adobe and DocVerify clearly understand the importance of XML. Their latest products now allow you to use this structured markup language in more ways in your documents. Content creators and curators, rejoice.

Job Hunting? Freelancer.com Lists This Quarter`s Fastest Growing Jobs
If your skill set leans towards the technical, and you find yourself job hunting, you'll want to check out some data from Freelancer.com. The online job marketplace just released what it refers to as the Fast 50: the fifty fastest growing online jobs for the second quarter of this year. Mobile rules the roost, of course, but you might be surprised at what else is buried in those numbers.