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Ashton Blue is a web developer in San Francisco who engages in helping its citizens, design meetings, fighting the occasional nemesis, and public speaking. He also has a noteworthy obsession with coffee...

HTML5 Space Invaders like game with SVG

For my upcoming book HTML5 in Action, I wrote a chapter on creating a game like Space Invaders with SVG. The tutorial teaches you various methods for creating visual assets with vector graphics and XML.After creating the visual assets, it teaches you how to combine everything with JavaScript. The JavaScript isn’t too complex and I walk you through every step of the way. Great for those who want to learn how to create re-sizable graphics for in-browser use.

Play SVG Aliens at html5inaction.com and download the source code at the book’s official page.

 

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WebGL Game Geometry Destroyer

Creating 3D games with WebGL and HTML5 APIs isn’t an easy task. It requires matrix manipulation, communicating with graphics hardware, and a good understanding of OpenGL ES (mobile version of OpenGL). To try and make these concepts easy to understand, I created a game tutorial in my new book for HTML5 In Action called Geometry Destroyer. By clicking on the image below, you can play it right now.

Geometry Destroyer is a classic space shooter style game, written with JavaScript, HTML5 APIs, and WebGL

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A Web Development List Of Things To Come

Lately I’ve been busy with my new super awesome job at The Nerdery, putting finishing touches on my book HTML5 in Action, and moving to a new location in Chicago. This has kept me quite busy, so I plan on taking a break from side projects for about a month to play Mass Effect 3 and SWTOR. When I return, I’ll be pursing the following projects you can look forward to:

  • Getting my game engine Canvas Prime into beta and writing tutorials for it
  • Invites to test out my top secrect HTML5 tower defense game
  • Finishing my WordPress libraries for settings, custom post types, and user profiles (with documentation)
  • Articles on HTML5 game theory, tutorials with emerging technologies, screencasts, and more!

HTML5 Canvas Presentation

A couple months back I put together a presentation on the HTML5 Canvas API. Its aimed at giving an introduction to developers with a very basic understanding of JavaScript. It includes links to live examples you can tinker with in-browser, so you can play with what you’re presented. A majority of the content comes from my upcoming book project HTML5 In Action.

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