Monday, October 16th, 2006

pic resize 2.0: crop, resize, blur

Category: Showcase

Pic Resize 2.0 has been released today. Pic Resize is another web based tool to help you munge your images. Once uploaded, you can crop, resize, and add a set of effects to the image. There is also a multiimage edit mode that lets you simply add a set of files, and batch resize them. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:50 am
15 Comments

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2.9 rating from 28 votes

RJS API for Java and GWT

Category: Java, JavaScript

Jacob Hookom has liked what he has seen with RJS within Rails, so pondered a RJS like API for GWT and Java. He then created a ClientWriter that would generate the JavaScript from the Java code. E.g. in Java: < View plain text > java // MyBean.java private UIInput nameInput; public void setNameInput(UIInput input) { Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:23 am
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3.2 rating from 24 votes

Google Ajax Video Bar

Category: Component

The Google Ajax Search API has added a Video Bar solution that lets you plug videos to your blog, like a Flickr stream (and others). They have a playground blog that shows a lot of the inline ajax search components in action. Chances are you will not want to flood your own blog with every Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:18 am
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3.7 rating from 29 votes

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Benchmark: Prototype and jQuery

Category: Prototype

Claudio Cicali thinks benchmarks are boring and useless, so he decided to conduct a series of micro-benchmarks of CSS selector tests with both Prototype and jQuery. He decided to do this after he saw others observe: Prototype (1.5+) has CSS selector syntax now “jQuery is horribly SLOW” Some Examples < View plain text > javascript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:34 pm
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3.6 rating from 71 votes

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Mozilla 2: JIT JVM and much more

Category: Firefox

Brendan Eich has released a posting on Mozilla 2 in which he looks back at Mozilla 1 before pointing the new way. This jumped out at me immediately: For Mozilla 2, we will have a JIT-oriented JavaScript VM (details soon) that supports the forthcoming ECMAScript Edition 4 (“JS2”) language. Among the desirable characteristics of this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:02 am
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4.2 rating from 25 votes

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Flapjax: Functional JavaScript

Category: JavaScript, Library

Flapjax is a new programming language designed around the demands of modern, client-based Web applications. It sits on top of JavaScript, and you run the special syntax through a compiler. You end up writing template code such as this example from the tutorial on setting up style based on behaviour: < View plain text > Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 am
20 Comments

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3.4 rating from 29 votes

Caring about quality in our JavaScript libraries

Category: Editorial

What do we seem to care about in JavaScript libraries that come out? Anecdotally it seems that the top items are: Nice API: We want a nice simple well thoughtout API. File size: If it is under 3KB it must be good :) Documentation: Please! Components / plugins that can do a lot of stuff Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:03 am
26 Comments

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3.7 rating from 40 votes

jQuery Image Gallery: Transitions, thumbnails, reflections

Category: Showcase

Ramin B. has put together yet another image gallery. This time it is using jQuery as the library, and has a bunch of rich effects such as transitions, reflections, and the use of thumbnails. It looks pretty close to the Flickr Flash widget. Check out the Demo Page

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:58 am
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3.7 rating from 108 votes

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Mootools Accordian Tutorial

Category: Examples, JavaScript, Library

Isn’t it fun to see students doing projects with Ajax? Jonathan Molina just finished his final project which was to: use a framework and show it being used as well as giving an example of how it can be used in a real life scenario. I used Mootools for the frameworks just because it looks Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:11 pm
10 Comments

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3.6 rating from 69 votes

OnForce Ajax Server Monitor

Category: Announcements, Utility

OnForce has released an initial release of an Ajax Server Monitor. There are two components, the Ajax Server Monitor, which displays real-time CPU, memory, and MySQL server data, and the COMET System Command Streamer, which pulls output directly from normal system commands to the browser. The software is currently working in PHP 5, with the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:42 am
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4.1 rating from 25 votes

Instantiations GWT Designer

Category: Announcements, GWT

Googles GWT toolkit came flying out of the gates. We instantly saw interest, and many components were getting created. It fit the need of the “I am a Java developer but I don’t want to learn JavaScript” profile. Vendors are getting behind GWT too. One example is the new GWT Designer from Instantations: GWT Designerâ„¢ Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:20 am
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4 rating from 33 votes

Accessible Ajax Best Practices

Category: Accessibility

Access Matters has wrapped up an article on Today’s AJAX and DHTML Best Practices: This article builds a sturdy three legged stool which we can stand upon to see farther. Before getting started, I want to set the stage by defining a benchmark. Accessibility’s worst case scenarios are for blind people. The blind are the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:01 am
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3.7 rating from 37 votes

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Office 2.0: Google and Zoho Announcements

Category: Showcase

The web “Office” applications are here. At the Office 2.0 conference we saw two announcements in the office arena: Google Docs and Spreadsheets Catchy name aside, Google Docs now combines Writely and Spreadsheets in one. With it you can: Use our online editor to format documents, spell-check and more. Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:26 am
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4.6 rating from 32 votes

Smooth Slideshow 2.0

Category: JavaScript, Library, Utility

Jonathan Schemout has released version 2 of his Smooth Slideshow library, written on top of mootools. New Features in 2.0 All the code is now wrapped in objects. In other words, you can now add more than one slideshow to the same webpage. JonDesign’s SmoothSlideshow now center images in the viewport. This way you can Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:12 am
17 Comments

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4.4 rating from 38 votes

DomJax: Ajax based domain registration

Category: Showcase, Utility

Shortly after Ajax started getting hype we saw ajaxian domain searches. The latest to the pack is DomJax that allows you to search for available domains. When it finds domains, it gives you easy access to various tools such as SEO tools, validation tools, and research tools. All in one simple page.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:06 am
10 Comments

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3.2 rating from 23 votes

Tracking Ajax Requests in Analytics

Category: Google

People often complain about tracking Ajax requests in web stats programs. If you are crunching server logs it is a non-issue since all of those requests are seen exactly the same as a ‘normal’ web request. It comes into play with JavaScript based tracking. Google Analytics has a solution: With a typical HTML page, you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:00 am
7 Comments

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3.7 rating from 23 votes

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