Web developers are bound to already be familiar with some of the resources that Microsoft made available especially for them even before the browser hit RTW (release to web).
One particular destination came up again and again, with each new Platform Preview of IE9, namely the Internet Explorer 9 Guide for Developers, which continues to be available even at this point in time.
“If you’re interested in IE10, the IE10 Platform Preview 1 Developer's Guide offers an exhaustive list of what is available in IE10 Platform Preview 1. It contains CSS3 Flexible Box, CSS3 Gradients, ECMAScript5 strict mode, and more,” a member of the IE team stated.
Of course, as devs know, MSDN is THE place to visit for all those in search of development resources on Microsoft technologies, and IE9 is by no means an exception in this regard.
At the same time, the Redmond company is working tirelessly in order to produce additional content that web developers can take advantage. In this regard, Microsoft wanted to highlight what it referred to as a new content philosophy.
“We are trying a different content philosophy. Using scenario-based samples and tutorials built around real-world Web development, we highlight how developers can use modern standards and the new features in Internet Explorer 9,” the company said.
“Each section presents one or more developer scenarios, followed by a number of sub-tasks designed to achieve a specific goal, such as creating an elegant Web design that uses rounded corners or a page that plays audio without an external add-on.
“This is a deliberate attempt to add value beyond our feature-based documentation. We hope you will find the newer content engaging in the way it follows the thought process through the tasks that accomplish development in the real world.”
Dabbling with web development myself from time to time, comprehensive tutorials and working samples that demonstrate solutions to specific problems are invaluable to developers, and I’m sure that there are quite a few those that will benefit from the new content provided by Microsoft.
“For the first time in the history of Internet Explorer developer content, the samples and tutorials were made simultaneously available in 8 languages, concurrently with these IE9 RC and RTW releases : German, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Chinese (Simplified), and Japanese, allowing us to more effectively support a broader global developer audience,” the software giant added.
“And, like the conceptual content, we’ve published localized versions of the Developer Guide: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Italian, Russian, and Japanese.”
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Platform Preview 1 (PP1) is available for download here.
Windows Internet Explorer 9 RTW for Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1 is available for download here.