Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

qGallery: Prototype gallery application

Category: JavaScript, Prototype, Showcase

Sebastian Brink has developed a nice looking gallery application called qGallery It is really simple to use you just have to upload your images in full resolution together with a simple xml file and include the script and a simple div into the webpage. Everything else is done automatically. The gallery is creating every used Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:15 am

4.2 rating from 77 votes

JavaScript, C#, and ExtSharp

Category: .NET, Sencha

Colin Ramsay thinks that JavaScript and C# can be scarily similar as he shows an ExtJS example: < View plain text > javascript var win = new Ext.Window({     title: ‘Order Viewer’, layout: ‘border’,     width: 500, height: 500,     modal: true, resizable: false, closable: false, draggable: false,     items: [ Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:06 am
1 Comment

4.5 rating from 61 votes

Browser Update: Firefox 3b5 and Opera Mini 4.1 beta

Category: Firefox, Mobile, Opera

We have a couple of browser updates. First, we have Firefox 3 beta 5 which has improved integration with the host system, a better places organizer, and a bump: Speed improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:57 am

3.7 rating from 22 votes

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Book review: Advanced Ajax by Lauriat (Part 2 of 2)

Category: Book Reviews, Books

Back in February, I reviewed the first half of Shawn M. Lauriat’s “Advanced Ajax: Architecture and Best Practices” (Prentice Hall, 2008, 360p). The first four chapters of Lauriat’s book, which focused almost exclusively on client-side technologies, impressed me considerably. But it’s taken me several weeks to get through the remainder of the book, and there’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 4:51 pm
1 Comment

3.9 rating from 25 votes

IE 8 strict mode doesn’t allow for CSS opacity?

Category: Browsers, CSS, IE

Howard Rauscher tipped us off to this IE 8 ticket that talks about how opacity and IE 8 strict mode do not jive: Description IE8 Strict Mode correctly omits the filter: alpha(opacity=xx) in CSS which allows the user to specify the opacity in pre-IE8 browsers but does not implement the CSS3 opacity setting. While I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:13 am

4.4 rating from 47 votes

What does the “Open Web” actually mean?

Category: Editorial

Many of us use the term “Open Web”, yet what does this actually mean. There isn’t a Wikipedia entry on it yet. When you start to think about it, you may be surprised to find out how hard it is to pin down. It is HTTP, HTML, JavaScript and CSS? Brad Neuberg argues that they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:48 am
1 Comment

3.6 rating from 25 votes

OpenAjax Call-to-Action for Browser Wishlist

Category: OpenAjax

Maybe it is “Open” Wednesday. Jon Ferraiolo of the OpenAjax Alliance reached out to ask your thoughts on a browser wishlist. I have been talking about OpenID and Jabber as well other things and now it is our turn to think about what we need. Coach Wei is leading this task force and posted himself Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:03 am

3.9 rating from 17 votes

The performance of your Acid 3

Category: Standards

Ian Hickson has blogged about the performance side of Acid 3: The Acid3 test says “To pass the test, a browser must use its default settings, the animation has to be smooth, the score has to end on 100/100, and the final page has to look exactly, pixel for pixel, like this reference rendering”. (Emphasis Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:09 am
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3.1 rating from 14 votes

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Ajaxian Roundup for March, 2008: IE 8, Acid3, and Performance

Category: Roundup

As we sit through the fun and frolics of April fools day on the Internet, we can look back on a busy March in Ajax land. Often life is dominated by Ajax libraries, as they continue to make our lives easier, but this time it was about the browsers and the standards. With IE 8 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
1 Comment

4.1 rating from 12 votes

GChart 2.0: Give me some pie

Category: GWT, Java, Library

Version 2.0 of GChart has been released: The main idea behind GChart is simple: You can make very nice charts efficiently out of a reasonably small number of 1-cell Grids (for the aligned labels) and (empty) Images (for everything else), styled and positioned appropriately on an AbsolutePanel. Not surprisingly, bar charts don’t suffer at all Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:06 am
1 Comment

3.6 rating from 16 votes

Fun with SVG and CSS Animations

Category: CSS, Examples, SVG

Torrey Rice took Safari 3.1 and the new CSS Animations feature, and mashed it up with SVG to create a fisheye demo. All the functionality through CSS: < View plain text > css .dock img {    width:50px;    padding:10px;    float:left;    position:relative;    display:block;    -webkit-transition:width 0.5s ease-out, top 0.2s ease-out; }   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:45 am

-2.7777777777778E+16 rating from 36 votes

ECMAScript 4 Update: New Grammar, and No Tail Calls

Category: JavaScript

…. proper tail calls are out of ES4 as of yesterday’s Ecma TC39 meeting, by general (regretful, in Mozilla’s case) agreement. This is Brendan talking about the death of true tail calls in JavaScript 2 as the language gets tightened a la: ES4 has overspent its complexity budget in order to explore a large design Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:39 am

2.6 rating from 9 votes

jQuery gets Classy

Category: jQuery

Finally, you can throw away the concise jQuery code, and you can instead grab a more verbose version Classy Query, that John Resig has provided. This extra verbosity is perfect for a compiler or a document parser. The important people. You can now write code like this: < View plain text > HTML <script src="jquery.js"></script> Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:50 am

4 rating from 30 votes

Google releases GWT for JavaScript 2

Category: GWT, JavaScript

The Google Web Toolkit has long been a bastion of Java developers who are able to chant “We don’t want your stinking JavaScript!” GWT is a lot more than a client side framework that allows you to write code in Java. It is a productivity tool that lets you developer and test a solution that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:24 am

3.1 rating from 27 votes

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