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Second Alpha from jQuery Mobile and Google Update SWF-Spotting Technology

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, preview 7 of MonoDroid is released.

jQuery Mobile Project Releases Second Alpha

The jQuery Mobile project are celebrating their second alpha release. About 200 tickets have
been closed since the 1.0 Alpha 1 release, and Alpha 2 users can
call refresh on a list view for when new items are added, to apply
the list view styling. This new refresh functionality has also been
added to select menus, and users can now navigate through the
select menu using their keyboard. Much of the handling for loading
new pages has been overhauled, and all of the relevant jQuery
Mobile widgets have moved over to building off of the jQuery UI
Widget Factory. Please note that jQuery Mobile 1.0 Alpha 2 requires
jQuery 1.4.4.

One more alpha or beta is currently planned for release before
the end of the year, with the 1.0 release scheduled for

Google Updates SWF-Spotting Technology

Google have blogged about improvements they have made to
their SWF indexing capabilities. They have improved the way
JavaScript is handled, meaning they are now “significantly better”
at indexing sites that use JavaScript to embed SWF content. The
service’s video indexing technology has also been updated, meaning
that extraction of metadata – such as alternate thumbnails from
Flash technology based videos – should be improved. “All in all,
our SWF indexing technology now allows us to see content from SWF
files on hundreds of millions of pages across the web,” reads the

MonoDroid Preview 7

Preview 7 of MonoDroid has been released.
Activities no longer require proxies to allow mono runtime
initialisation, and the Mono Runtime service is not required in
order to launch apps. Assemblies are now stored uncompressed within
the .apk and loaded from the .apk during app startup, whereas from
Preview 5 assemblies were named to match the lib*.so glob, and
placed into the lib/ABI directory within the .apk. Please note that
this preview has a new shared runtime, and there are a number of
breaking changes in this release.

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