Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Ajax Pioneer Week: Alex Russell of Dojo

Category: Dojo, Interview, JavaScript

Last, but never least, is Alex Russell of the Dojo Toolkit and SitePen. In Alex’s five minutes of video footage for our JavaOne talk, he explained how Dojo enables you to built fantastic, responsive applications for everyone. The everyone piece revolves around accessibility too, which is core to Dojo thanks to work from Becky Gibson Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:51 am
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3.8 rating from 35 votes

Growl for Windows and a Web Notification API

Category: Gears, JavaScript

I have talked before about the desire for a Notification API on the Web. As a Mac user, I would love to see Growl from JavaScript, and there have been libraries written from as far back as protoGrowl. The difference is between a JavaScript API that does notifications on the desktop, versus trying to get Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:38 am
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File API via mountpoint://

Category: Browsers, Standards

If you ‘aint got a URL scheme, you are a nobody. That is what I thought when I saw fx:// on the first day of JavaOne. The newest one of these that I have seen is mountpoint:// which is part of an Opera proposal for a File I/O API in the browser. You know me, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:18 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Location APIs: The Discussions

Category: Gears, JavaScript

The Gears community is discussing a Geo Location API, which Aaron Boodman mentioned “was recently proposed to the W3C WebAPI group.” Aza Raskin just posted today about Geolocation in Firefox and Beyond which covers his thoughts on an API. I thought it would be fun to look at the proposed APIs: Gears Examples < View Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:09 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Wii Darts: Powering Ajax applications with Wii controllers

Category: Games, Java, Presentation, Showcase

Ben and I gave a presentation at JavaOne on what’s new with Ajax. Since this was JavaOne, we skewed a little more than we normally would to Java topics, and one of them was using the new Java Plugin, that has great new features such as being able to take a running applet out of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:08 pm
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The seven rules of pragmatic progressive enhancement

Category: JavaScript, Tutorial, Unobtrusive JS, Usability

I’ve been talking about progressive enhancement here before and got a lot of flak in comments about it. It seemed that there was a general misunderstanding of progressive enhancement and unobtrusive scripting as a “passing fad” or “backward facing rather than being innovative”. I was asked by a design agency in London to go there Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 5:58 pm
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Ajax Pioneer Week: John Resig of jQuery

Category: Interview, JavaScript, jQuery, Presentation

John Resig got in front of the camera, and the projector, as he gives us his thoughts on the state, and future of Ajax. He starts out by discussing jQuery Core, and the features in the near term (1.2.4), short term (1.3) and beyond. He then delves into the UI side of the house with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:14 pm
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3.6 rating from 59 votes

Lazily load functionality via Unobtrusive Scripts

Category: JavaScript, Prototype

David Kees has written about Using Prototype to Load Javascript Files, which is an implementation of the general technique of loading functionality via scripts based on the availability of DOM elements. He started using the technique to scratch an itch: The calendar on this site only appears on pages that show blog-related information. That calendar Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:02 pm
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line-height: painful

Category: CSS

Eric Meyer has felt a lot of pain due to line-height, which means us mere mortals are totally up the creak. He posted about how line-height is abnormal and goes into detail on his learning curve, and the pain he saw which lead him too: Why bring all this up? Because I went and poked Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:15 am
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Unobtrusive JavaScript with jQuery

Category: jQuery, Presentation

Simon Willison gave another jQuery talk, this time at XTech, called Unobtrusive JavaScript with jQuery. In the presentation he delves into the reasons why you should go unobtrusive, how to use jQuery, and why they are a good match. Here is the presentation in full:

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Opera Dragonfly: New Web Tooling

Category: Debugging, Opera, Utility

Opera has posted what looks like a great new Web debugging tool Opera Dragonfly which is released in alpha. Debug JavaScript, inspect CSS and the DOM, and view any errors – Opera Dragonfly makes developing using Opera easier than ever, both on your computer and mobile phone. Shawn Lauriat has a nice write-up that tells Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:38 pm
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4.7 rating from 37 votes

Ajax Pioneer Week: Bruce Johnson of GWT

Category: Google, GWT, Interview, Podcasts

Today we have Bruce Johnson of the GWT team talking to us about GWT 1.5. He discusses the new features, such as the long awaited Java 5 language support, performance improvements, and much more. It is very nice to take an application, run it through the new GWT 1.5 compiler, and get an instantly faster Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:27 am
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3.9 rating from 43 votes

Porting Dojo Methods to Flash

Category: Dojo, Flash

Mike Wilcox has started a nice series of posts on porting Dojo methods to Flash as a homage for Open Screen (aside: I applaud Adobe’s intentions, but need to see a non-assert of their IP before I can do anything with it.) In part one of the series Mike ports dojo.hitch to ActionScript: < View Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:12 am
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4.1 rating from 19 votes

Details of button padding in various browsers

Category: Browsers, CSS

After building a slide deck with Ben, you learn the art of a perfectionist. He would love Chris Hester’s posting on button padding that shows you how your buttons look on various browsers and operating systems. Even been frustrated when you try to style things on the Mac? Here are a few of his findings: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am
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IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3… still IE 6

Category: Browsers, IE

Whenever I see a post on the IE Blog that has a title like IE and XP SP 3 I hope to see “oh, and IE 6 users will be upgraded”. How much pain would be relieved when IE 6 usage is minimal? Unfortunately, I was disappointed again: XPSP3 will continue to ship with IE6 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:40 am
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3.6 rating from 27 votes

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Ajax Pioneer Week: Sam Stephenson of Prototype

Category: Interview, Podcasts, Prototype

We are having a special week at Ajaxian. Ben and I are giving an Ajax talk at JavaOne this week, and decided to put a little video from Ajax pioneers. As we worked out what we wanted to do, we asked the pioneers for a little time to do an interview. Although only a piece Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:16 am
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4.2 rating from 53 votes

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