Friday, December 16th, 2005

Teacher! An Ajax Grading App!

Category: Showcase

From the vertical Ajax department comes Teacher! (via Digg), an Ajax grading app. It’s a clean, simple, app with plenty of well-considered Ajax features. Note, though, the server seems to be running a bit sluggish right now. Ajax should be a big thing for education – any other apps out there? Seriously. You’ve got kids Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:10 am

3 rating from 7 votes

Thursday, December 15th, 2005


Category: Programming, Remoting, Security

Simon Willison, now at Yahoo!, reports that Yahoo! has JSONified itsAPI: As of today, JSON is supported as an alternative output format for nearly all of Yahoo!’s Web Service APIs. This is a Really Big Deal, because it makes Yahoo!’s APIs available to JavaScript running anywhere on the web without any of the normal problems Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:51 pm

4.2 rating from 13 votes

Dojo 0.2 is released

Category: Dojo, JavaScript, Toolkit

Dojo 0.2 has just been released! Go download it now, check out bugs closed for 0.2, or see the full list of packages. Check out the full release notes for everything that is new, here are some highlights: dual-licensed as AFL and BSD (now GPL compatible) JSON support local storage via many new widgets Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 11:40 am

3.1 rating from 8 votes

What Ajax _Can’t_ Do

Category: Accessibility, Ajax, Editorial, Usability

Fellow Ajaxian Michael Mahemoff posted on something not discussed enough – what Ajax can’t do: Browser morphing Adding buttons, toolbars, bookmarks, icons; changing browser behaviour. Local file access Reading and writing files on the user’s hard drive. Sound Playing music and sound effects. Rich graphics Providing rich graphics, changing dynamically. (This is gradually changing with Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:28 am

3.6 rating from 28 votes

Cold Fusion + Prototype Ajax presentation and example code

Category: Examples, Prototype

Pete Freitag has posted the outline and an example from an Ajax presentation he gave at a Cold Fusion users group. The example is the standard zip code lookup with Cold Fusion on the server and Prototype for the client side. Prototype makes the error handling and form handling easy, as you can see from Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:29 am
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3.6 rating from 8 votes 1.5 and Prototype 1.4 final released

Category: Prototype, Toolkit

Ruby on Rails had a 1.0 release this week. Along with this, the Ajax side of and Prototype have final releases of their own. Download Prototype 1.4 Download 1.5 Get it while its hot.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:54 am
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3.4 rating from 8 votes

Killer effects with Canvas

Category: Canvas, UI

Romain Guy is a top guy at Sun, known for his awesome effects and look and feels in Java Swing. He had a look on the Ajax side recently though, when he took Canvas for a ride. Take that rich UI frameworks! :) Source Code function drawCD() { var g2 = document.getElementById(“cdCover”).getContext(“2d”);; g2.translate(0, cdCase.height Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:28 am

3.8 rating from 8 votes

Local Storage via Derby

Category: Editorial

Francois Orsini gave a demonstration at ApacheCon that showed off local storage via the Derby DB. We keep getting more and more options for storage. What I demo’ed at Apache during Tim Bray’s keynotes was one particular use case of embedded Apache Derby (100% pure Java RDBMS) running within a web browser such as Mozilla Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:20 am

3.3 rating from 6 votes

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Javascript closures for object oriented Ajax

Category: Articles, JavaScript, Programming, Prototype

Alex Vollmer has posted a nifty article on using closures for object oriented ajax, using Prototype’s Ajax.Request object as the example. Many developers coming from the more static Java/C++/C# worlds have problems wrapping their head around closures when they first start doing ajax work with callbacks for XHR. Alex’s writes: …a closure allows JavaScript to Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 1:35 pm
1 Comment

3.9 rating from 12 votes


Category: Showcase

Tagworld takes social tagging to the extreme, and has Ajax effects all over the place. A very nice style search lets you narrow down results with simple sliders and the like. A clean rich editor allows you to add markup without the markup.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:27 am

3.3 rating from 8 votes

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Summing Up the Desktop/Homepages

Category: Examples

We’ve been posting a lot of Ajax Desktop/Homepage/Portal websites lately, so it’s nice to see some perpectives from this new article by Stephen Bryant: Year in Review: AJAX Desktops and Homepages. I’ve emphasised a few interesting points here. The article begins with the heavyweights: (and (C)ore features, which are standard among most Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:02 pm

3.3 rating from 7 votes

Even more ajax portals: Eskobo and Porcubine

Category: Portal

Techcrunch recently posted on the flood of ajax desktops, highlighting the recent Eskobo. Eskobo looks very similiar to a lot of the ajax portal apps you’ve probably seen, with the drag and drop funtionality and ability to add your own feeds. A more interesting player in this crowded space is Porcupine Web Application Server, from Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 12:00 pm

4.2 rating from 19 votes

Meebo IM Client Growth

Category: Chat

TechCrunch has brought up Meebo’s Impressive Growth. Meebo is the top Ajax client, and is a fantastic example of what you can do with Ajax. It looks nice, acts responsive, etc. There is a reason that it gets mentioned in all of the lists of quality Ajax applications. I think an interesting debate could be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 am

4 rating from 16 votes

XIN: Rich Ajax Desktop

Category: Showcase

After we posted about the new TXN desktop, Mikael Bergkvist pointed us to another Ajax Rich Desktop called XIN. This desktop has more widgets and features, and it includes some documentation for you to write you own widgets and such.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am

3.6 rating from 7 votes

Dojo Toolkit Javascript Cryptography Library

Category: Dojo, Toolkit

Tom Trenka has been hacking away on dojo.crypto.*. Dojo now has implementations of MD5, and Blowfish. The implementations are designed to be self-standing and singleton objects, making them easy to use and implement. Coming soon we will see: Rijindael/AES SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512 Twofish DES/TripleDES, RSA, and Serpent Code Example dojo.require(“dojo.crypto.MD5”); var message = Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:03 am

3.5 rating from 11 votes

Monday, December 12th, 2005 – dynamic shopping store for hand made items

Category: Editorial, Flash, Showcase

At thursday’s ajax event, one of the sites recommended for demo was It bills itself as “the place to buy and sell all things handmade”. It has some of the most innovative ajax techniques I’ve seen on an ecommerce site. Make sure and check out the time machine (my favorite), color picker, and the Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:30 am

3.3 rating from 8 votes

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