Friday, November 17th, 2006

ACAP: Making Ajax Search Friendly

Category: Editorial

Peter Illes has posted on handling search crawlers within an Ajax application. He discusses ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol), a new initiative from the international publishing community to turn the challenges facing the industry from web technologies (especially search) into opportunities in a win-win way, and as a side effect can help Web Applications out, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am
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3.4 rating from 14 votes

JavaScript Code Inefficiencies from the IE team

Category: IE, JavaScript

Peter Gurevich has stepped up with another post on IE+JavaScript Performance Recommendations Part 2: JavaScript Code Inefficiencies. The post is itself part one of a two parter, so this is 2.1 if you will, and covers inefficiencies in Javascript code: Optimize String Manipulations by Avoiding Intermediate Results Use Array.join(”) over constantly += them together (as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:30 am
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3.6 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Google Web Toolkit 1.2 Released

Category: Google, GWT, Toolkit

GWT 1.2 has been officially released. The last important bugs have been squashed from the RC that was out there recently. Features Dynamic, reusable UI components Create a Widget by compositing other Widgets. Lay out Widgets automatically in Panels. Send your Widget to other developers in a JAR file. Really simple RPC To communicate from Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:39 pm
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Popup Nightmare 2.0?

Category: Advertising, Security

Nat Torkington on the O’Reilly Radar recently commented on the rise of “floats” (AKA “divdows”, “Ajax dialogs”). One of the really big issues facing us, IMHO, is the new Javascript-driven ad technology called “floats”. They’re not separate windows popped up, they’re in-window divs that move up to obscure the web page and force the user Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:34 pm
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3.5 rating from 78 votes

Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Category: Accessibility, Editorial, Mobile, Rails

Phil Greenspun bemoans the difficulty of running modern web apps from his sidekick. My Motorola/Windows XP phone began to die after two years. Wanting something that would let me keep in touch with friends over AOL Instant Messenger, I got a T-Mobile Sidekick. I was reluctant to get a non-flip phone, but so far I Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:29 pm
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3.9 rating from 23 votes

GetFirebug: 1.0 is getting close

Category: Firefox, JavaScript, Utility

Firebug 1.0 is currently in beta, and looks very different to the 0.4.1 that we all know and love. The new website Get Firebug gives you a glimpse of what is coming shortly: Inspect and edit HTML Tweak CSS to perfection Visualize CSS metrics Monitor network activity Debug and profile JavaScript Quickly find errors Explode Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:32 am
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UJS Illustrated with Event Wax

Category: Library, Rails, Ruby, Unobtrusive JS

Dan Webb, one half of the team behind the Unobtrusive Javascript Plugin for Rails, posted an article on how he used UJS to develop a slick help sidebar for Event Wax. He first gets the help sidebar working using a traditional request for the whole page, and then he adds the ajax functionality via apply_behavior Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:30 am
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Yhc/JavaScript: Write apps in Haskell

Category: JavaScript, Library

We have converters that allow us to stay in Java-land, Ruby-land, and others. Now we have a new kid on the generator block: Yhc/Javascript. Yhc/Javascript is aimed to create a tool that generates Javascript out of a binary Yhc core file. The ability to convert an arbitrary Haskell source into Javascript makes it possible to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:05 am
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Back Button Support: Safari and Speed

Category: Ajax, JavaScript, Library

Daniel Kantor has implemented a Back button solution in Streampad and has shared it with us. One of the main gripes against AJAX webapps is how they break the back button in a typical browser. There have been a few solutions (notably Brad Neuberg’s Really Simple History) but none have got it working in Safari. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am
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3.8 rating from 59 votes

SWFUpload: A nicer file upload experience

Category: Component, Flash, JavaScript

Lars Huring and team have created SWFUpload, a small JavaScript/Flash library that tries to re-make the way file uploads works on the internet. It works by replacing the contents of a div with a small transparent flash that handles all the upload-frontend, javascript for configuration and callbacks and html/css for styling/looks. This allows: Specify what Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:44 am
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Me.dium: Bringing social to the web

Category: Showcase

We have heard that a major part of Web 2.0 is the ‘social’ side of things. That being said, most of the time we are working on the web in solitary mode. There are the odd sharing applications such as sitting with a buddy in front of Google Spreadsheet, but in the most part you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:17 am
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3.6 rating from 37 votes

GeoJoey: Mashing up maps and experiences

Category: Mapping, Showcase

One of the keys to mashing up maps is the fact that our species gets to annotate the web. GeoJoey is an application that is trying to make this happening by mashing up places with experiences. Find experiences and places, and vote on them. The front page looks like Digg, Delicious, and Google Maps combined.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
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3.6 rating from 21 votes

Jettison: JSON StAX Parser

Category: Java, Library

If you live in the world of Java, a new JSON parser has been born called Jettison: Jettison is a collection of StAX (streaming XML) parsers and writers which read and write JSON. This allows nearly transparent enablement of JSON based web services in services frameworks like CXF. There are currently two included conventions for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:27 am
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DormItem: Free College Classifieds

Category: Rails, Showcase

DormItem is a Rails application that uses a single page Ajax model for the interface. Filtering is done via search and tags, all filtering the main content area without a full page request. You will notice that the URLs end in: #/someaction. This allows for bookmarking and reloads even though the item was got too Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am
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Tigermouse PHP/Ajax Framework

Category: PHP

Michal Slaby has created a new PHP/Ajax framework called Tigermouse. Tigermouse is an object-oriented, event driven, MVC architecture based framework. Its goal is to take care of View and Controller part of the application, but there is also a very basic support for your Model. It encapsulates Javacript callbacks so you don’t have to write Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am
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3.5 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Borland spins out CodeGear: New tools include Ajax support

Category: Announcements

Borland looked like they were selling off their tooling business, but today we learn that Borland spins off its tool unit to supply developers with the tools of the trade. Borland Software announced Nov. 14 the formation of CodeGear, a company with the goal of advancing the Borland integrated development environment tools. The CodeGear development Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:04 pm
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