Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Web Design is 95% Typography

Category: CSS, Editorial, Usability

This is a touch off-topic, but important for those that want to build killer web applications :) The iA folks have written a post on Web Design is 95% Typography (including a follow up part two). 95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:37 am
22 Comments

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4 rating from 38 votes

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Pyjamas: Pythons answer to GWT

Category: GWT, Python

If you are a python coder who doesn’t like JavaScript and wishes she could stay in python land more, maybe pyjamas is the framework for you. It is an early stage port of sorts of GWT. Given that a lot of python goes on at Google, they may be interested in this themselves, and it Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:54 pm
9 Comments

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3.7 rating from 35 votes

Review of Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology

Category: Book Reviews

At a quiet time during my 40th birthday extravaganza, I finally had the chance to finish reading Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology by Frank Zammetti from Apress. I’ve read enough good, hands-on Apress books by now to get a warm and fuzzy feeling anytime I see their distinctive bumble bee black and yellow covers, Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 4:48 pm
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4 rating from 27 votes

Jellyfish: Where buying smack means something else

We have friends at JellyFish, which is a startup that is pioneering cash back via CPA advertising. For the last week we have been jumping on their newest product “smack shopping! deal of the day”. A smack is a group of jellyfish by the way (not what you are thinking). The smack shopping deal is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:33 pm
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3.3 rating from 21 votes

Rails RJS for Ajax 101

Category: Rails, Ruby

If you haven’t checked out RJS templates, Leon of fallenRogue has written up a walk through article of RJS templates in Rails or Ajax with ease a 101 .rjs walkthrough. The article walks through a new Rails project from scratch and simply adds some ajax goodness to the comment system: < View plain text > Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:14 pm
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3.7 rating from 62 votes

StickyTag: Web post-its

Category: Showcase

StickyTag is a simple system that lets you create post-it notes via the web just like the desktop version, and other online versions. If you are the kind of person who would prefer to use a web based system that follows you as you go from computer to computer this could make sense. It would Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:57 am
5 Comments

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3.4 rating from 21 votes

SpeedTest: Test your internet connection speed

Category: Flash, Showcase

This is an old classic. SpeedTest.net is a hybrid Ajax/Flash web application that shows you upload and download stats between your computer and server around the world. It has a very nice visualization of a dashboard and a map (Flash) that integrates with your results and sharing those results via HTML. They could have just Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:55 am
4 Comments

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4.1 rating from 29 votes

Meebo Update: Now more like a native app?

Category: Chat, Showcase

Meebo made a huge splash when it came onto the scene. It was an example of a real world app inside the browser, in this case chat. From that we started to see chat everywhere :) It also had the side benefit to proof that people would trust their passwords into a meta service like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:29 am
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4.2 rating from 30 votes

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

moo.fx 2.0: a whole new mooing

Category: JavaScript, Library, UI

A new moo.fx has been released, version 2.0. You can get a couple of versions of moo.fx: moo.fx for mootools and moof.fx for Prototype (note how it groks the anchor to open that div). What’s New in moo.fx 2 moo.fx2 Introduces a lot of new stuff: beginning with Fx.Style, to modify any chosen CSS property, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:58 am
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4.2 rating from 49 votes

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Capturing users info via auto-form fill and Ajax

Category: Security

Convenience is a great thing, but sometimes the most convenient action isn’t always the best. Being able to eat mangos and bananas in the middle of winter up north is great for the consumer, but maybe not for the environment. Form auto fill plugins and builtins offer the convenience of not having to type your Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:52 am
6 Comments

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3.3 rating from 32 votes

DRAW: Open source Ajax drawing tool

Category: Showcase

Fancy creating drawing on the web that can be saved as jpg/png/svg/pdf in addition to an editable format? Cumulate Labs has created an open source drawing tool called DRAW that lets you do the work online, and currently supports IE and Firefox. Check out a demo to see the rich application.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:36 am
37 Comments

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4.1 rating from 59 votes

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

iFilm Relaunch

Category: Showcase, Yahoo!

iFilm has just relaunched with a nice rich redesign. Mark Kawakami is one of their developers, and he told us: We’ve integrated Ajax and DOM scripting all over the place, like our sexy new carousels, dynamic video resizing, emailing, commenting and even login. We’re using tight, lean, semantic and validating XHTML (or at least very Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:08 am
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3.5 rating from 25 votes

Animator.js: animations using CSS

Category: Prototype, UI

Bernie Sumption loves the functionality of Moo.fx, Script.aculo.us and Rico but thinks that inheritance is evil: In particular, they don’t seem to realise that inheritance is evil, and must be destroyed. By providing base classes for an effect and requiring users to subclass it to make new effects, they create a proliferation of classes and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:39 am
21 Comments

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4.3 rating from 64 votes

Remote Scripting Transport Patent

Category: Editorial

In yet another example of “Man we need to revamp the patent office and get a process that has a clue” Brent Ashley has pointed out the Patently Obvious: Douglas Crockford points out at the top of his blog that a patent was applied for in 2001 and awarded late last year covering using the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:27 am
11 Comments

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3.9 rating from 16 votes

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Amberjack: JavaScript Site Tour Creator

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Arash Yalpani has released Amberjack, a tiny and Open Source/GPLed JavaScript library you can use to create nice looking tours for a web site. There is a tour wizard to make it simple to create your own tours, and a JSON technique is used to post-fetch skins. Checkout a sample tour to see it in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:46 am
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4 rating from 39 votes

Is it time for a Web OS yet?

Category: Editorial

David Kushner has writen a piece on Blake Ross, and his new product Parakey that is: a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do.” Translation: it makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. Most or all of Parakey will be open source, under a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:30 am
17 Comments

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3.7 rating from 28 votes

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