Monday, November 12th, 2007

Making the OpenSocial API feel more at home

Category: JavaScript, Library, Prototype, Social Networks

Chris Chabot has been doing a lot of experimentation with the new OpenSocial APIs. He has written up his experience and created two prototype wrappers. The first short article has some general information and background. The second article includes the first library you can tell to load (owner, viewer, ownerFriends and/or viewerFriends) information, and presents Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:10 am
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3.9 rating from 29 votes

Capability JavaScript: JavaScript isn’t Caja

Category: JavaScript, Security

We talked about the new Google Caja project which tries to make JavaScript safer by processing it and putting it in namespace sandboxes. Now, Ben Laurie of Google comes out and talks about it. There is a spec: Using Caja, web apps can safely allow scripts in third party content. The computer industry has only Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:09 am
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3.3 rating from 17 votes

John Resig plays with ECMAScript 4

Category: JavaScript, Screencast

With all of the talk about ECMAScript 4, instead of opining about it, how about taking it for a test drive? John has developed a screencast on how to start playing right away: Read up: ECMAScript 4 White Paper – This is a broad overview of all the features that are in the language along Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:50 am
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3.3 rating from 18 votes

Get rid of the IE iframe “click”

Category: IE, JavaScript, Tip

I am sure you have run into this before. You are on a site, interacting with a single page app, and then you hit the back button and IE clicks at you. The navigation “click” happens with iframes, and be a nuisance if you are trying to use iframes in a non-navigational way. Julien Lecomte Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:33 am
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4.1 rating from 30 votes

Interview with Joe Hewitt on the new devphone.com

Category: Android, Interview, iPhone

There was a day when Web development was in a sad state of affairs. The majority of developers laughed at JavaScript, and were focusing on a killer new server-side web framework, or a new ORM library. The consensus was that that browser was dumb. The modern TN3270 if you will. A few renegades were actually Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:08 am
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3.8 rating from 16 votes

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Protoscripty Same Game

Category: Games, Prototype, Scriptaculous

Gary Haran wanted to see how well the latest versions of Prototype and Script.aculo.us worked, so he created a game, Same Name. The 179 lines of JavaScript has fun with animations and sound.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:50 pm
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4 rating from 41 votes

No more “Click to Activate”, no more SWFObject / UFO?

Category: IE

Pete LePage has posted on the IE blog about the change to component activation in IE. Microsoft licensed the silliness from Eolas, which now means that you don’t have to click to activate a component anymore. Previously, people were getting around that by using SWFObject or UFO, but shortly you will be able to just Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:48 am
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3.7 rating from 33 votes

Pseudo-custom events in Prototype 1.6

Category: Articles, Examples, JavaScript, Prototype

Andrew Dupont has written a tutorial on how to normalize proprietary browser events using Prototype’s new custom events feature. The piece is interesting as it talks about how the Prototype core team originally went down the wrong path trying to boil the ocean with great features that were a bit too much. And then: we Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:35 am
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JavaScript 2: News and Opinion

Category: JavaScript

Brendan has been talking about ES4 for a long time now, and we have been a little surprised at how little people had been paying attention to it. But, of course, it is like an election. People ignore it until it gets close and then they look at the issues “oh wait a minute. that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:27 am
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3.6 rating from 25 votes

How well do you know Prototype?

Category: Prototype

With all of the news about Prototype this week, it’s time to do a quick check to see if you, the Prototype developer, actually know your stuff. Juiry Zaytsev takes us through a comparison of the right & wrong ways of doing certain tasks in Prototype: I’ve been developing with prototype for almost a year Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:41 am
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3.5 rating from 36 votes

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Isomorphic SmartClient: Now Open Source

Category: Announcements, JavaScript, Library

Isomorphic has made a leap of faith to a new opensource business model today. They have freed up their SmartClient Ajax platform by releasing it under the LGPL license. The piece that has been opensourced “includes the typical set of Ajax UI components that are now available from several vendors, but goes beyond the standard Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:47 pm
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3.4 rating from 45 votes

Making JavaScript Safe With No Script

Category: JavaScript

Douglas Crockford really wants to make JavaScript safe and you can tell that he is frustrated in his new post on No Script: I like JavaScript. The language’s design got a lot of things right. But it also got a lot of things wrong. Most of those wrong things are just annoyances. A lot of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:32 am
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3.9 rating from 28 votes

Scripteka.com – The Prototype extensions repository

Category: Announcements, Prototype

Hot on the heels of the triple-threat Prototype news blast from yesterday comes more big news. Juriy Zaytsev & Maxim Chernyak officially launched Scripteka.com, the Prototype extensions repository and library. The intention is to provide a central place to organize plugins for the Prototype community. With Scripteka you can: View an extensive library of useful Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 8:27 am
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3.8 rating from 40 votes

Gmail adds Greasemonkey Helper API

Category: Google, Library

We discussed the Gmail facelift (or is it a backlift?) last week. Subtle features have been noticed, and one is particularly cool for expert users. There have always been many Greasemonkey scripts to tweak your Gmail experience. You spend a lot of time in email, so it makes sense that you would want to optimize Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:07 am
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3.6 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Prototype 1.6, Script.aculo.us 1.8 and The Book.

Category: Announcements, Book Reviews, Books, JavaScript, Prototype, Scriptaculous

This is a big day for Protoscript friends. The triple release. The big one. This post is a long one two as it discusses: Prototype 1.6 Released Script.aculo.us 1.8 Released “Prototype and script.aculo.us: You never knew JavaScript could do this!” book released, and we have a great review by Stu Halloway Prototype 1.6 They cleaned Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:22 pm
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4 rating from 58 votes

Comet: Is it’s time coming?

Category: Comet

When Comet was first coined there was a lot of buzz, and many thought that polling was dead. It turns out, that for certain use cases Comet is king, but it hasn’t spread as fast as some would have guessed (or liked). One core problem is that HTTP as we currently do it is braindead Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:11 pm
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3.7 rating from 30 votes

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