Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Selectors API Method Names: selectElement() and selectAllElements()

Category: JavaScript, Standards

Naming is hard. Lachlan Hunt took the naming of methods in the new W3C Selectors API very seriously and after choosing selectElement() and selectAllElements() he wrote a bit of a tomb describing how he came up with the names: Rationale for Naming Principles A short name is important for several reasons. Since these methods are Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am
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3.8 rating from 12 votes

JavaScript tips for rookies and gurus

Ars Technica has good piece aimed at helping developers of all JavaScript experience levels gain valuable knowledge. Here’s a tidbit from the article: Guru: polymorphic callable objects Supposing you were writing a type system, you might want objects of all your types to have the option of being callable, and for the call behavior to Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 6:30 am
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4 rating from 25 votes

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Google Web Toolkit 1.4: +Final -Beta

Category: Google, GWT

When I see something at Google have its beta tag removed, I know that the team has gone through a lot to deserve that privilege. We recently noted that GWT 1.4 was almost there, and now it is. GWT 1.4 is here. The latest release comes with a revamped Mail example that shows a three-paned Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:20 pm
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3.6 rating from 31 votes

Aptana Milestone 9 now available

Category: Aptana

Bill Manning, Aptana’s new product manager, just buzzed me about the Milestone 9 update to the Aptana editor. This new release includes: Increased PHP support includes Code Assist on PHP functions and parameters, improved PHP syntax colorization, and a PHP outliner. Updates to the latest known publicly available “current” versions of many of the Ajax Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 3:10 pm
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4.2 rating from 31 votes

YUI gets a sharp-looking lightbox

Category: Yahoo!

YUI has some really impressive components but one thing that’s been missing is a good lightbox implementation. Cuong over at Code Central has taken on the task of building a lightbox by first showing how easy it is to create one in YUI! and then making it look slick using YUI 2.3.0’s eye candy skin. Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 8:30 am
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3.9 rating from 40 votes

theClassConnection: Connecting you at U

Category: GWT, Showcase

Chris Klundt and his team have created theClassConnection, a website that provides tools to connect students/teachers/tutors across any campus, any class. They can share files, messages, flashcard decks, and more. The application is written entirely using GWT with Script.aculo.us for effects. We asked Chris a few questions about the project: Why GWT? I had never Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:04 am
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RIA Data Loading Benchmarks

Category: Adobe, Performance

Self-proclaimed “RIA Cowboy” James Ward recently updated his RIA data loading benchmarks, this time adding Lazlo into the mix as well as gzip compression on the text streams. The tests are pretty straightforward and are meant to measure performance and latency when loading rows of data via various transport mechanisms: The goal of this application Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 7:00 am
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3.5 rating from 27 votes

Adobe ColdFusion 8 gets into the Ajax game

Category: Adobe, ColdFusion

A lot of folks may not know this but Adobe ColdFusion’s recently released, version 8, has quite a bit of easy-to-use Ajax capabilities under the hood. By leveraging YUI, Ext and Spry and implementing certain functionality from these libraries in a nice wrapper, Adobe has made it fairly easy to build applications that can include Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 6:00 am
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3.4 rating from 41 votes

Keep on squeezing with YUI Compressor

Category: Utility, Yahoo!

Julien Lecomte keeps rev’ing his new YUI Compressor with a 2.0 release. What’s new? I am very pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the YUI Compressor. In addition to fixing several bugs and implementing a few enhancements suggested by the community, I also integrated Isaac Schlueter’s regular expression based CSS minifier. Therefore, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:44 am
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Monday, August 27th, 2007

Bloglines Beta with Dojo

Category: Dojo, Showcase

Bloglines, the first popular RSS feed reader, is revamped (finally!) with a new beta version that is using Dojo, and their new Dijit widgeting system. The new look and feel has some new features, wrapped up by the ReadWriteWeb as: Bloglines Beta is the first stage of “a complete redesign of the Bloglines service”. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:53 pm
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Reflex: Cover flow for your soul

Category: Canvas, JavaScript

Christian Effenberger, Canvas Library Creator Extraordinarie, has created Reflex.js 1.1, which allows you to add a Cover Flow effect (including reflection) to images on your web pages. It works in all the major browsers – Mozilla Firefox 1.5+, Opera 9+, IE6+ (tilting missing) and Safari. On older browsers, it’ll degrade and your visitors won’t notice Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:35 am
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4.2 rating from 83 votes

A Quick Lesson in Binding & Execution Scope

Category: JavaScript

One of the reasons that I love reading Justin Palmer’s blog is that he injects humor into his posts making normal technical babble that much more interesting. In Justin’s post, Understanding Scope and Binding in JavaScript, he gives a good rundown on how scope is affected when binding objects: Binding and Events In PAJâ„¢ (Plain Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 6:00 am
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3.2 rating from 21 votes

Right Click and Flash

Category: Flash, JavaScript, Library

Zoom In? Really? How often do you ever want to zoom in on an app? But we have all seen that when we right click on a Flash file. Paulius Uza has a solution for the right click context menu and has posted the code on a Google Code project. Why would anyone want to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:29 am
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3.7 rating from 42 votes

Foo: A Prototype based RIA framework

Category: JavaScript, Library, Prototype

Someone actually named their framework Foo! That someone is Rizqi Ahmad, and he is also the developer of Zparse and MindFrame. Foo is a framework specially designed for rapid development of Rich Internet Application. Its syntax is in someway similar to Adobe Spry, but it has more functionality and focused more to RIA Development. Foo Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:18 am
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3.8 rating from 42 votes

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Proto.Menu: Prototype-based Context Menu Solution

Category: Prototype

To round off the weekend, here’s a very cool Prototype-based solution for creating context menus: Description Proto.Menu is a simple and lightweight prototype-based solution for context menu functionality on your page Features: Lightweight: ~2 KB (~1.5 KB minified) Unobtrusive: Plays nice with JS turned off, uses its own namespace Cross-browser: Full A-Graded browsers support (Opera Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 1:15 pm
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3.5 rating from 79 votes

Friday, August 24th, 2007

YUI’s Experimental ImageLoader Utility

YUI version 2.3.0 introduced some cool features including a Rich Text Editor and a Color Picker Control. One control that really stands out, the YUI ImageLoader Utility, aims to handle the issue of image pre-loading and the negative impact it has on page performance. ImageLoader operates on the premise that image data for some images Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 2:38 pm
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3.6 rating from 32 votes

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