Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Ajax Cookbook: Helpful JavaScript tips

Category: Ajax, Articles

Bret Taylor is the guy who is responsible for the first Google Maps. He obvi0usly has a lot of experience, and has recently been on fire with a new blog called the Ajax Cookbook. The blog focuses on small useful JavaScript snippets that do not assume a particular JavaScript/Ajax library, so they can be generally Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:32 am

3.8 rating from 282 votes

Friday, December 15th, 2006 is updated

Category: Microsoft, Showcase

Microsoft has updated their main homepage and it has a new navigation style that is very dhtml. When you click on the right sidebar (or search) results popup in an inline div that you can sort and play with.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:50 pm

3.3 rating from 205 votes

Phobos and Dojo

Category: Dojo, Java, JavaScript

Dojo is more than “an Ajax library”. It is a set of JavaScript libraries and packaging system. It just so happens to have a remote binding API in there too. Phobos has seen this and you can now use Dojo on the server side when using the Phobos framework. < View plain text > javascript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:49 pm
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3.2 rating from 28 votes

YUI: Reset The Browsers CSS

Category: CSS, Yahoo!

YUI has a CSS Reset set of style that aims to normalize the browsers so your CSS can start on an even playing field. The entire CSS file (which you can see here) is just 30 simple lines of getting explicit. Dean Edwards wants a <reset /> button :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:55 pm

3.8 rating from 43 votes marketplace

Category: Showcase

Patrice Neff and his team have released a new market place at Ajax features are abound, and include: An input form for creating a new listing is a WYSIWYG form where the inputs are immediately displayed the way they will look in the end. (Example) The upload of pictures is done with a nice Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:38 pm

3.6 rating from 17 votes

Tweebox 1.0: Browser based choose-your-own-adventures

Category: Framework, JavaScript, Showcase

Chris Klimas has released Tweebox 1.0, which is a browser-based application used to create interactive stories. Aside: You remember the good old Choose Your Own Adventures books. This is them for the web. I keep thinking that someone will do this for the big screen, and the audience votes at various times. Then people may Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:23 am

3.9 rating from 19 votes

Slide Share: You Tube for Presentations

Category: Prototype, Showcase

Slide Share is a community sharing site for slide presentations. It has mimicked a lot of the YouTube features, and has some nice ones such as the translation of slides. The feel is nice and interactive, and it appears to be powered by Prototype and

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:55 am

3.6 rating from 18 votes

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Googles Rounded Corner Generator

Category: Google, UI

Zach has picked up on google’s own corner generator. Google probably doesn’t want this to be a corner service, but for now you can create your own google-esque corners with URLs such as: The parameter list: c – the color, as either a name or a CSS-style hex color spec (RGB or RRGGBB) sans Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:36 am

4 rating from 117 votes

Doing it Asynchronously

Category: Articles

Jeffrey Sambells has written a nice intro post on Doing it Asynchronously. If you are new to Ajax and haven’t spent much time thinking about the A part, take a peak through the article.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:14 am

4.1 rating from 19 votes

Ajax DNS: DNS Tools

Category: Utility

Ten Ships has announced AjaxDNS, the latest Ajax based DNS and hosting admin tools. It includes: Live DNS Whois Search IP Whois HTTP Headers RBL Search Ping DNS Traversal

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:35 am

3.2 rating from 18 votes

Bill Gates on Web Apps

Category: Business, Microsoft, Usability

If you’ve read any tech news in the past 24 hours, you’ll now be familiar with the meeting Bill Gates held among influential bloggers, ahead of next year’s Mix conference. Aside from learning what’s on Bill’s Zune, we get to hear his views on the future of web apps, thanks to a question from Liz Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:07 am

2.6 rating from 34 votes

Yahoo! comScore lowers due to outdated page view metric

Category: Editorial

There have been a couple of articles on the so called rise of MySpace over Yahoo! in the comScore metrics. This one is getting beat to death. The notion of Ajax lowering page views as a bad thing is dumb. Using Ajax to get more data that users want in a more usable fashion? Good. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am

3.8 rating from 19 votes

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Firefox 3.0: Passes Acid 2 CSS Test

Category: Firefox

Ars Technica has a nice look at Firefox 3.0 now that alphas and nightly builds are rolling out. The reflow improvements in Gecko 1.9 (included in the latest Gran Paradiso nightly build, but not the alpha release) finally enable Firefox to pass the Acid 2 test, a CSS test case developed by the Web Standards Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:26 am

4.4 rating from 241 votes

Be Green: Use Ajax while you help the environment

Category: Prototype, Scriptaculous, Showcase

Be Green is a new website that uses Prototype,, and SIFr, on a website that helps you learn about environmental matters. The site features Ajax in a variety of ways, some of the most exciting being the Carbon Footprint calculator.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:12 am

3.8 rating from 25 votes

MooTools for the Rest of Us

Category: JavaScript, Screencast, Tutorial

Beauty in Design just released a tutorial screencast that goes over how to use various Mootools effects. The tutorial is called MooTools for the Rest of Us and it walks through using Mootools on the Joomla platform, another Web OS. The work is split up into: Lesson One – Ideas and Resources Lesson Two – Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am

4.3 rating from 52 votes

Building a Fish Eye Menu

Category: Articles, Usability

Alexei White has written a post on Building a Fish Eye Menu in which he goes over iterations of his development of a fish eye component. Iteration 1 – Proximity Detection and Scaling Iteration 2 – X-Axis “Zooming” Iteration 3 – Alignments Left, Right, and Center Iteration 4 – Labels and Menu Item Activation (Bouncing) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:53 am

4.3 rating from 62 votes

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