Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Two-Way Web: Can You Stream In Both Directions?

Category: Comet, Remoting

Comet is mostly considered a server-to-browser thing, but how about a permanent connection in the opposite direction, from browser to server? I’ve been talking about this on my blog and received some interesting thoughts from Alex Russell. There are two key issues: (1) Server needs to start outputting before incoming request is finished. With a Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:42 pm

3.7 rating from 34 votes

Spotback: Personalized Portal

Category: Portal, Showcase

Spotback is a new portal that lets you get very personal with new interest Ajax features. Once you hit the site you can start to rate stories via slider instead of typical star ratings (I personally feel like stars are more usable as you don’t need to drag you can just click). As you rate Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:41 pm

3.6 rating from 34 votes

Firefox Extensions and Ajax

Category: Articles

Dietrich Kappe has written about the hybrid world of browser extensions and Ajax. As writting extensions gets easier (e.g. GreaseMonkey, or the extensions themselves) Ajax applications can potentially benefit from a tighter integration model with the browser. Dietriche uses MyStickies as an example: Another example of this curious Firefox Extension/AJAX hybrid caught my eye the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:34 am

4.1 rating from 36 votes

Backbase: Ajax Accessibility for Single Page Apps

Category: Accessibility

There have been a fair number of posts about Ajax Accessibility, but one aspect has received fairly little attention, and that is Accessibility for Single Page Interface Ajax apps. Several articles have written about multi-page Ajax applications, and how to make those accessible. For more advanced AJAX user interface you will need to use a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:30 am

3.7 rating from 35 votes

Integration of Spry and PHP/MySQL

Category: Framework, PHP, Programming

Mike Kornienko writes in this new blog entry about his experiences (complete with code) integrating the Spry Ajax framework into a simple PHP/MySQL application he develops: Adobe have recently released its Spry Ajax framework for public beta-test by developers and I’ve been playing with this baby for a while. And here’s some kind of report Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:51 am
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3.8 rating from 39 votes

Ajax as a Remedy for the Cacheability-Personalization Dilemma

Category: Programming, Usability

In his latest post from his blog today, Michael Mahemoff looks at a dilema that faces many an Ajax-enabled site out there trying to keep things lively and fresh – how can you personalize content *and* make the pages cacheable and bookmarkable? Making it happen is actually somewhat simple, but there are a few things Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:41 am
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3.3 rating from 18 votes

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Varien is looking Ajax/CSS/JS/PHP Superstar!

Are you passionate about the web? Varien ( is an interactive development firm with an eCommerce focus devoted to creating engaging web sites, rich internet applications, and innovative user experiences. We pride ourselves on effectively and consistently integrating new web technologies with user-friendly interface design. Our clients include Zend (the PHP company), Microtek, La Curacao, Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:54 pm
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3.1 rating from 15 votes

J2EE and AJAX: AJAX with Servlets

Category: Java, Programming

The use of J2EE in development work has been growing at a staggering pace over the last few years. Developers are finding its environment and capaitilities to be just what they need. One thing that it’s missing though, is a good method to interact with the user. Sure, there are the usual web interaction methods, Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:07 pm

3.3 rating from 54 votes

The Ajax Experience Boston Oct. 23-25: Call for Presenters

Category: The Ajax Experience

One of our goofs with the first Ajax Experience show was that the speaker selection process was somewhat closed. In an evening, we put together a list of some of the Ajax-related speakers we knew or knew of, invited them, and that was pretty much that. For this year’s show (Oct. 23-25), we’d like to Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:46 am

3.8 rating from 26 votes

Two Key Challenges for Ajax Adoption that We Have Ignored

Category: Ajax, Editorial

In this new article over on the Ajax World Magazine site, Coach Wei talks about the two major hurdles that are really hindering Ajax’s widespread adoption in both the corporate and non-corporate worlds. He also wonders why no one’s doing anything about them… There are some fairly big issues with Ajax and I am puzzled. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:26 am

3 rating from 29 votes

Adobe Spry and PHP/MySQL

Category: Adobe, Articles, JavaScript, Library

Mike Kornienko took Adobe’s Spry Framework for a spin. He has written up his thoughts on integrating it with a PHP/MySQL backend: Spry is Adobe’s Ajax library for manipulating XML data. It has some very unique and pretty useful functions like regions handling, related auto-updating data and stuff like that. For example, you can load Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:20 am

3.3 rating from 77 votes

A Basic Approach to Server-side Data Validation with AJAX

Category: JavaScript, Programming

Input validation can be one of the biggest hurdles in a web application (besides being one of the most important). As much as we as developers hate to think about it, there will be users out there that try to stretch the limits of the app, finding the weak spots. Don’t let input validation be Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:03 am

3.3 rating from 35 votes

RunTime Technologies – Ajax/CSS/JS Expert

Skills Ajax, CSS, Java Script, HTML standards, DHTML Position Summary RunTime Technologies seeks an expert in Ajax, CSS, JS and other cutting edge web client technologies. The project is to develop front-end visual interfaces for our client – Fortune 50 Company. You will be mentoring Ajax technologies, working directly with the client gathering requirements, and Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:49 am
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3.6 rating from 9 votes

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

billQ: Bill Tracking Application

Category: Showcase

Seen Creative has released a new free product billQ: The easiest way to keep track of your bills. Our web application helps you to schedule and manage bills. The application feels 37 Signals-esque in its simplicity and nice use of Ajax (without overuse).

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:14 am

3.9 rating from 37 votes

Go forth and API

Category: Programming, XmlHttpRequest

Backend scripts aren’t the only way to access the wealth of valuable web services out there. Anyone that’s done any playing around with Ajax can see the possibilities of combining the two – accessing the APIs directly from your client-side application. In this brief tutorial from, they follow this course and give you a Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:28 am

3.6 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday Morning Roundup

Category: JavaScript, Prototype, RichTextWidget, Ruby, Scriptaculous, Tip, WebKit

some stuff on Prototype, Safari and trailing commas, an Ajax design pattern, and a slide library

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 8:00 am

3.5 rating from 26 votes

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