Friday, September 29th, 2006

Introducing the Ajaxian.com LinkedIn Community Program

We are excited to announce the Ajaxian.com LinkedIn Community program. Every day we get numerous requests from companies to find candidates, from candidates looking for new opportunities, community members asking us who would be right person to talk about one thing or another, request for introductions, etc. Meanwhile, we have never gotten around put in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:13 pm
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3.7 rating from 36 votes

Valoony – Ajax Enabled Comparison Shopping

Category: Showcase

The German comparison shopping site Valoony has launched three new Ajax enabled comparison shopping mini apps: one for digital cameras, another for perfume, and — my favorite — one for wine. The interface allows you to adjust various numerical parameters using sliders, select brands, types and specific stores, and enter search terms, etc., all of Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 2:56 pm
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Architecting CSS

Category: CSS, Design

CSS is pretty central to Ajax, and large Ajax projects often have a lot of CSS to deal with, so it’s worthwhile asking how to maintain all of it. Garrett Dimon’s Architecting CSS is a good set of advice for structuring your CSS files (from July, 2005; unearthed on Digg). The article identifies three ways Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 12:42 pm
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3.6 rating from 38 votes

In-Browser Wireframe Prototyping with Frametastic

Category: Showcase

Christian Romney was sick of doing wireframesin powerpoint and photoshop, so he created a quick and dirty in browser wireframe tool called Frametastic, which uses Prototype and Script.aculo.us under the covers. Now, before you think this is some uber-cool web development tool, let me give you the caveats: It’s currently Firefox only for reasons I’ve Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:42 am
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3.8 rating from 35 votes

The Dangers of Cross-Domain Ajax with Flash

Category: Ajax, Flash

In this blog entry, Chris Shiflett takes another look at some of the dangers that can come up with cross-site Ajax via a Flash object embedded in the page. He mentions a previous discussion where Chris points out the filename-specific nature (crossdomain.xml) of this example. Julien (author of the example) replied in the affirmative that Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:51 am
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3.9 rating from 37 votes

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Google Reader Fresh Look

Category: Google, Showcase

The initial Google Reader launched to mixed reviews. Google has learnt from some of the critisism and has launched a new beta that has many changes: Expanded view and list view Simplified sharing functionality Improved read-state management Infinite scrolling Unread counts Mark all as read and a bunch more… The list view stands out, as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:05 pm
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3.6 rating from 21 votes

Ajax Experience Update: More Sessions, Keynote and Scholarship Program

Category: The Ajax Experience

We’ve got a few quick updates on the upcoming Ajax Experience conference next month. More Sessions When we launched the event, we planned on five tracks of ten sessions each. However, due to a large number of speaker applicants and some last minute big-name additions, we expanded to six tracks. The show now has sixty Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 12:27 pm
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4.1 rating from 18 votes

Transcorners: Because you are obsessed with rounded corners

Category: CSS, JavaScript, Library

People really are obsessed with rounded corners aren’t they? If we had a simple way to express them in CSS, maybe then we would be writting JS libraries and CSS hacks to give us spikey corners or something :) Well, the latest kid on the block is Transcorners, which is a mootools based rounded corners Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:50 am
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3.8 rating from 57 votes

COMET with PHP

Category: PHP

Manuel Lemos has written a post about the details and challenges of an AJAX COMET implementation in PHP. The article describes an approach used to implement highly responsive AJAX applications using the COMET approach, and how it can be implemented in PHP. It also discusses how HTTP compression and chunking affect AJAX response delays, as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:27 am
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3.7 rating from 77 votes

YUI Slideshow Widget

Category: Component, UI, Yahoo!

Raphael Bauduin has created a a YUI based Slideshow widget. It features: on demand loading of remote slides configurable transition effect easily extenstible, with new effects defined in 6 lines of code. A sample slideshow instance: javascript < view plain text > slideshow2 = new YAHOO.myowndb.slideshow("yui-sldshw-displayer2",     [ { type: ‘remote_html’,       Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am
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3.4 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Selenium 0.8 Release

Category: Testing

Version 0.8 of the web application functional testing tool Selenium has been released. Jeff Xiong explaing the new features: A "multiWindow" option which places the application-under-test in a  separate window, allowing testing of "frame-busting" apps. In the past Selenium didn’t deal with the applications-under-test (AUT) which use frames very well, because it put the AUT Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:31 am
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3.8 rating from 25 votes

bytefx: simple effects

Category: JavaScript, Library, UI

Andrea Giammarchi has put together another effects library that weighs in under 3kb compressed. The library is called bytefx and is definitely in alpha :) The demo page shows you the effects at hand: alpha clear color drag fade move position size

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:25 am
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Lessons in JavaScript Performance Optimization

Category: JavaScript

Fellow Ajaxian, Michael Mahemoff, has written about an experience with optimizing JavaScript from a 90 second benchmark to 3 seconds. The hog that slowed down the system was $$(“.classname”) being used on a large DOM: After some sophisticated profiling ((new Date()).getTime():D), the main culprit was revealed to be prototype’s $$. It’s a fantastic function, but Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:21 am
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12 Lessons for Those Afraid of CSS and Standards

Category: Articles, CSS

Ben Henick has got a high level editorial on CSS in 2006 (still!). The cries of frustration I hear from other developers about CSS are only an echo of the ones I made for years. As a result I like to think that I can relate, and I’m writing to convey the most important lessons Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:17 am
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3.6 rating from 43 votes

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Dojo Spreadsheet Widget

Category: Component, Dojo

Marius Hanganu has created a Spreadsheet widget for Dojo with the features: Based on Toolbar and TabContainer widgets Keyboard cell navigation Column, row resizing Cell, column and row selection Cell formatting (font, font size, bold, italic, underline, color, background color) Sheet management (rename, delete, new) Functions (22 math functions, 6 string functions) This is an Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:20 am
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No More IE6 Background Flicker

Category: CSS, IE, Tip

Have you been bugged by IE background flicker? Cristi Balan talked about the issue and the solution: css < view plain text > html {   filter: expression(document.execCommand("BackgroundImageCache", false, true)); } Cristi links to a blog posting by Dan Popa, who discovered the IE6 background image flicker fix. And while you’re on Dan’s site, check Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:55 am
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