Friday, January 4th, 2008

Zed Shaw interview on Rails community, enterprise, Ajax, patents, and a whole lot more

Category: Podcasts, Rails, Ruby

Rob Sanheim sat down with Zed Shaw at RailsConf and had an hour long conversation with him that covered his thoughts on the Rails community, the role of the Enterprise, the state of Ajax, JRuby and Rubinius, documentation, tests, tooling, the role of patents in software, and a whole lot of opinion. It is very Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:55 pm

3 rating from 66 votes

GWT Videos from GWT Conference Available

Category: GWT, Presentation

Pearson put on a GWT Conference that had a lot of great content. Fortunately, video cameras were running, and the video has been edited and posted: You may want to check out Kelly’s talk on usability, as well as Bruce and Dan’s overview of how GWT can improve productivity. There’s also the conversation with Josh Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
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3.9 rating from 31 votes

Autotesting JavaScript in Rails

Category: Articles, Testing

Dr Nic has written a tutorial on testing JavaScript in Rails using a new javascript_test plugin. Once you ruby script/plugin install javascript_test you can ruby script/generate javascript_test maths. Then you can write a test a la: < View plain text > javascript testTruth: function() { with(this) {   assert(true); }} You can go further though Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am
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3.4 rating from 13 votes

Mibbit: Ajax-based IRC Client

Category: Ajax, JavaScript

I’m always surprised but what people are building using JavaScript & Ajax. It’s spurred so much creativity over the last two years and it doesn’t appear to be stopping soon. Most recently, I discovered Mibbit, a JS/Ajax-based IRC client, and had the opportunity to interview the developer of the site, Jimmy Moore. What prompted you Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 6:46 am
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4.1 rating from 49 votes

Survey on Ajax IDEs and development

Category: Survey

We have been doing various surveys with Richard Monson-Haefel and the Burton Group. We just did one on frameworks that the community uses. This time around, we want to see what IDEs and tools people are using. To make sure that we have the right tools on the list, we first wanted to ask for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am

4.1 rating from 14 votes

iDesktop: YouTube Viewer

Category: Showcase

iDesktop is an Ajax application that allows you to search and view YouTube videos. The viewer uses a stripped down Prototype, and a whole bunch of script to give you sliders that automatically change the layout to allow more or less content on the screen, menus, pagination, inline popups, and a lot more.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am
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3.4 rating from 21 votes

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Protagonize: Choose your own Web 2.0 Adventure

Category: Showcase, Yahoo!

Nick Bouton has released Protagonize, an online writers’ community dedicated to the (nearly) lost art of the adventure, a type of collaborative fiction. Once an author writes a story, others can post branches to that story in different directions. We chatted with Nick about the new site: What was your inspiration? Early forms of this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:55 pm

3.4 rating from 25 votes

Apache CouchDB: Congrats to IBM and Damian Katz

Category: Database

CouchDB has been getting people re-energized about DB stuff recently. Some got gung-ho about the OODBMS and that fizzled and people went back to the “ug, I guess we just do the SQL thing and be done with it… and maybe use an ORM if we really hate it”. Then the Couch came along and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:27 am

4.3 rating from 30 votes

window.onload: another solution to get it going

Category: JavaScript, Tip

The solutions for getting real DOMContentLoaded across the various browsers keep on rolling in. The first one of the new year involves using the IE HTC feature and differs from others due to: document.write and conditional JavaScript comments try() catch() and doScroll having a separate file for IE This solution uses Microsoft’s proprietary HTC feature. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:09 am
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2.8 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Google Gears Future APIs

Category: Editorial, Gears, Google, JavaScript

Over on my personal blog I kicked off a series of articles on some future APIs that are on the table for Gears, and how in my opinion, Gears is mistakenly seen to be about “offline”, when that is just the surface. I started off by discussing the Image Manipulation API, “is a module to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:32 am
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3.3 rating from 37 votes

Cool and useful GWT Solutions

Category: Examples, GWT

David Geary and Rob Gordon have launched a companion Website to their book on GWT. The website uses GWT itself of course, and the most interesting section is the example code that they have made available: This stack panel contains some examples from GWT Solutions. These examples showcase the power of GWT. Short of implementing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:46 am
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2.8 rating from 35 votes

EditArea: Rich Sourcecode Editor

Category: JavaScript, RichTextWidget

EditArea is a free JavaScript editor for source code. This editor is designed to edit source code files in a textarea. The main goal is to allow text formatting, search and replace and real-time syntax highlight. Features Easy to integrate, only one script include and one function call Tabulation support (allow to write well formated Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:57 am

3.9 rating from 30 votes

JavaScript: It’s Just Not Validation!

Category: Articles, JavaScript

Colin Morris, author of Y-Validator, has written a piece on JavaScript: It’s Just Not Validation! which discusses JavaScript validation, and “input assistance”: JavaScript input assistance, when built separately from back-end validation, is not ideal. At worst, the two piece of functionality work differently, and what’s valid on the client side isn’t valid at the server. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:05 am
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3.3 rating from 20 votes

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Why Front End Performance Matters to You

Category: Performance

Front end performance (you know, HTML + CSS + JavaScript). Tweaking it is for the big guys right? You know, performance folks like Steve Souders :) Hell, Facebook has gotten to be quite popular with a crazy set of JavaScript and CSS, so does it matter to you? That is the topic of Rob Larsen’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Ajaxian Roundup for December, 2007: It’s the end of the year as we know it

Category: Roundup

Happy New Year. I was tempted to post a top ten list of the best aggregators of top ten lists, but decided against it ;) I hope that 2008 finds everyone well, and the Web in a better place. In 2007, the Web development community has jumped a lot, but at the same time, hasn’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:47 am

3.8 rating from 18 votes

iWorkWeb: Keynote, Pages, Numbers for the Web at Macworld?

MobileMe launched with SproutCore to big acclaim, and now we get some Macworld rumours that are not only about Steve’s health (I love Fraiche in Palo Alto) but also relates to our community. Is iWork going to also have Web versions?: We just got a truckload of Macworld information dumped on us from our best Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

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