Thursday, October 26th, 2006 Select Box

Category: Component, Prototype

Gabriel Lanzani has created a Select Box component that is meant to replace <select> with visual effects, a skinnable look, and autocomplete support. < View plain text > javascript new Ajax.SelectBox(id_of_text_field, id_of_div_to_populate, url, id_of_result_value, options); I would stay away from gratuitous use myself, but there are some usecases where it could come in handy.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:42 am

3.1 rating from 123 votes

SSLBridge: Ajax Samba Client

Category: Ajax, Showcase, Utility

Jim Kern has created SSLBridge, an Ajax enabled Samba Web GUI, and has released it using the GPL open source license. SSLBridge features: Authenticates using your existing user name and password against MS Active Directory using Samba. All permissions that apply at office are also applied through SSLBridge. Can download files from computers, just like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:31 am

4.2 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Brendan Eich: JavaScript 2 and the Future of the Web

Category: Presentation, The Ajax Experience

We had the pleasure of having Brendan Eich at the event to give the final keynote. The presentation is online now, but to be honest, it lacks Brendan’s wit. Half of the jokes come in under his breath, and his honesty is a breath of fresh air. You would never think that this is the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:14 pm

4.2 rating from 39 votes

Yahoo! Bookmarks

Category: Showcase, Yahoo!

Yahoo! has got a new Bookmarks site at the ready in beta. I imagine they spent a lot of time working out what people really want out of this service, and how it fits in with A nice part of experience is that it is extremely easy to import bookmarks from the old y!bookmarks, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:53 am

3.8 rating from 28 votes

Dojo 0.4 Released

Category: Announcements, Dojo

The Dojo team has fully released version 0.4 which “contains many exciting new features, a whopping 529 bugs closed, and the initial release of the long-awaited documentation tool, with inline API documentation that will continue to improve with follow-on releases. These improvements will make Dojo appealing to entirely new audiences and will bring Ajax applications Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:45 am
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4.3 rating from 41 votes

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Death of the Desktop by Aza Raskin

Category: The Ajax Experience, UI, Usability

Notes form Aza Raskin’s presentation on Death of the Desktop. Interface Concepts cognetics = ergonomics of the brain 7 +- 2 = amount of things we can keep in our brains habituation – never use a warning when you mean undo people will make mistakes despite any warnings, due to habit hick’s and fitt’s law Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 4:28 pm

4.2 rating from 52 votes

JSONRequest Proposal

Category: Ajax, JSON, The Ajax Experience

Douglas Crockford of Yahoo, a pioneer of JSON, presented “JSON: The X in Ajax” at The Ajax Experience Tuesday afternoon. In the presentation, Douglas discussed his proposal for native support of a new JavaScript object named JSONRequest. The object would provide a simple API for issuing Ajax requests to exchange JSON data using the following Read the rest…

Posted by Tom Geer at 4:19 pm

4.1 rating from 49 votes

Hands on DWR

Category: Conferences, DWR, Framework, Presentation, The Ajax Experience

Joe Walker (Getahead–DWR) and Bram Smeets (Interface 21–Spring) took a novel approach to their “Hands on DWR” talk at The Ajax Experience: Creating a game – “Multi Player Battleships” live in the session. The concept was very well received – many smiles around the room when the idea was introduced. With Joe talking and Bram Read the rest…

Posted by Jim Halberg at 3:00 pm

3.9 rating from 28 votes

A Couple Quick Ajax Experience Notes

Category: Announcements, The Ajax Experience

if you are taking pictures or blogging the conference…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 1:22 pm

3.7 rating from 36 votes

Dojo In Depth with Alex Russell

Category: Dojo, The Ajax Experience

After a thorough Introduction to Dojo, Alex Russell demonstrated some of the lastest additions to the Dojo Toolkit at The Ajax Experience. Two areas new to Dojo 0.4 stood out. First, dojo.gfx now provides a common API to native 2D graphics across browsers. The API takes advantage of the native SVG support in Firefox 1.5+ Read the rest…

Posted by Tom Geer at 12:15 pm

3.6 rating from 20 votes

Unobtrusive Ajax for Rails by Dan Webb

Category: Rails, The Ajax Experience, Unobtrusive JS

notes from Dan Webb’s presentation at Ajax Experience

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 11:52 am

3.6 rating from 34 votes


Category: Microformat, Presentation, The Ajax Experience

Kevin Lawver (or is it here?) discussed Microformats this morning at The Ajax Experience. Microformats define ways to make your markup more descriptive, allowing a reader (be it machine or human) to very easily grok the just what you’re getting at. Basically, you know what you’re doing: why don’t you just tell us instead of Read the rest…

Posted by Jim Halberg at 10:35 am

3.4 rating from 30 votes

Google Coop: Vertical Searching

Category: Google

Google has released a vertical searching product similar to Rollyo. We tried it out by putting in a few Ajax sites, and creating an Ajax search: There is also Ajax used inside the application itself. For example, when you add sites to narrow the searching, an in-window modal popup appears. I actually found it quick Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:58 am

3.8 rating from 14 votes

Yahoo! Store: Rich YUI Version

Category: Showcase, Yahoo!

Dustin Diaz is a UI engineer at Yahoo! that worked on two new setup wizards to help design your store and add items into your product database. My specific area of development was channeled into the Design Wizard which allows a merchant to choose between various custom designed templates or pick a generic design with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am
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3.8 rating from 21 votes

A World of Free Online Apps

Category: Business, Office

In CNN Money, Om Malik talks about the shift to online apps. The browser is the new OS. Yes, we’ve heard this before, and if you’re quietly groaning right about now, I can understand why. It’s been 10 years since a barefoot Marc Andreessen graced the cover of Time magazine and trumpeted how the browser Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 1:24 am

3.1 rating from 32 votes

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Google Web Toolkit – Performance and Interoperability

Category: GWT, The Ajax Experience

The Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is Google’s solution to making Ajax development easy for Java programmers. Google’s Bruce Johnson spoke about GWT at The Ajax Experience on Monday. As we all know, Ajax development introduces some complexities (browser incompatabilities, managing numerous technologies within the page, etc.). GWT is a Java framework that nearly eliminates these Read the rest…

Posted by Tom Geer at 10:45 pm

2.9 rating from 20 votes

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