Saturday, September 20th, 2008

SquirrelFish Extreme: JIT comes to SquirrelFish with extreme results

Category: JavaScript, Performance, WebKit

While Ben and I were talking about JavaScript performance (and other things) at Web 2.0 Expo NYC, Maciej Stachowiak announced SquirrelFish Extreme, the very new and improved version that appears to do very well at SunSpider: SquirrelFish Extreme: 943.3 ms V8: 1280.6 ms TraceMonkey: 1464.6 ms What makes it so fast? SquirrelFish Extreme uses four Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:09 am

4.4 rating from 30 votes

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Dojo Toolkit 1.2 RC1 is Out!

Category: Dojo

The Dojo team has put out the much anticipated release candidate for the Dojo Toolkit 1.2. Lots of work has gone into this with new updates and features galore added to this release: 1000+ changes, improvements, and bug fixes since the 1.1.1 release Huge improvements to Dijit include .attr() for getting and setting all attributes, Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:19 am

4 rating from 48 votes

DNS Presolving with Google Chrome

Category: Browsers

One of the nice performance features in Google Chrome is the DNS pre-resolving technique that asynchronously does DNS lookups to seed the cache, at appropriate times. For example, based on links in a page, search suggestions, your favourite end points at startup. The article goes into the details, and this is a long running discussion. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:21 am

3.5 rating from 11 votes

Dojo: The Definitive Guide; Degradable Reflection Widget

Category: Dojo

Matthew Russell is blogging and screencasting work from Dojo: The Definitive Guide and has put together a piece on a simple, degradable reflection widget using dojo.gfx: Reflection has been in vogue for a while now in user interfaces, and it wasn’t long ago that I saw a headline about a JavaScript library that streamlined a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am

2.8 rating from 36 votes

Pacman bites back

Category: Fun, Games

I got to play an old school, sit down, Pacman at Google Developer Day, London, so it only seems appropriate to keep playing it thanks to Harry Guillermo and his new Pacman port to JavaScript.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:19 am

4.3 rating from 44 votes

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

ZK 3.5 Released with Comet Support

Category: Announcements, Comet, Framework

ZK 3.5, the latest version of the server-side Ajax framework, is out with a raft of new features. Three of those features really stand out for me: Comet server push Customization of look and feel Performance monitoring Server push via polling has been available in ZK for a while, and Comet in the ZK “Enterprise Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 3:31 pm
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4 rating from 43 votes

And the winner is…

Category: Conferences, The Ajax Experience

We recently raffled off a free pass to The Ajax Experience on Congratulations to Brandon Aaskov, our official raffle winner! If you’re planning on attending The Ajax Experience in Boston, September 29 – October 1, there’s still time to register. The raffle drew over 500 entries from all over the world. Considering the worldwide Read the rest…

Posted by Carolyn House at 11:59 am

2.6 rating from 21 votes

Sandbag text flow with Canvas

Category: Canvas

Jacob Seidelin has implemented Sandbag text wrapping with Canvas allowing the text to flow nicely around an object: With CSS you can make text wrap around an image using the float property and for most purposes this is quite adequate. However, it doesn’t take into account the actual image and treats it as one big Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:37 am

3.2 rating from 22 votes

Ext GWT 1.1 Released

Category: GWT, Sencha

Darrell Meyer has announced the release of Ext GWT 1.1 which is said to “shortens the feature set gap between Ext JS.” New Features The Grid component wraps the Ext JS grid, and it includes support for grid plugins which fit into component lifecycles. You can also use a subclass, EditableGrid which…. allows you to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:25 am

4.3 rating from 64 votes

SVG working on the iPhone

Category: iPhone, Mobile, SVG

Dylan Schiemann wrote about how disappointing it was that the iPhone didn’t support SVG: Safari on the iPhone does not currently have support for SVG. Safari 3 beta on Mac and Windows is currently the best browser on the planet for SVG performance, so this is a somewhat disappointing omission. We are hopeful that by Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:41 am

3.2 rating from 11 votes

SVG Effects on HTML

Category: Firefox, SVG

Sticking with SVG news…. Robert O’Callahan of Mozilla has shown SVG effects for HTML: A while back, I announced work on applying SVG effects to HTML content. The idea is to make the SVG ‘clip-path‘, ‘mask‘ and ‘filter‘ CSS properties apply to non-SVG elements as well as SVG elements. This work landed on trunk last Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:47 am
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3.3 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Linux Users Are Closer to Building AIR Apps

Category: Adobe

Adobe continues to update the AIR runtime and SDK to make it a strong cross-platform candidate for building desktop apps. Support for the Linux operating system has been a bit of a sore spot for the AIR team but they’re working hard to address that as evidenced with their release yesterday of Adobe AIR for Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:23 am

4.1 rating from 21 votes

V8 Internals by Kevin Millikin

Category: JavaScript

My favourite presentation at Google Developer Day in London yesterday was a dive into the internals of how V8 works by Kevin Millikin, an V8 engineer who has been there and done that by creating Scheme compilers :) He discussed the key implementation details of V8, including: Hidden classes Hidden class transitions Inline caching Native Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:11 am

3.7 rating from 23 votes

Aptana Jaxer Benchmarks

Category: Aptana

Jaxer has been out in beta for a while and is nearing its 1.0 release. Many comments on Ajaxian about Jaxer have been about performance benchmarks. Uri Sarid, CTO of Aptana, has compiled some initial benchmarks including comparisons to PHP and Ruby on Rails. (Jaxer comes out in between the two): We wanted to answer Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:35 am

4 rating from 14 votes

iPhone Web App: Spin the Bottle

Category: iPhone, Mobile

Tomi Mickelsson has created a fun iPhone Web App called Spin the Bottle. You know, a Web app, not one that has to get into the Apple store. You can check it out on the iPhone/Touch/emulator and you will see how Tomi uses the iPhone specific APIs, such as: < View plain text > javascript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:24 am

3.1 rating from 23 votes

HTML 5: Welcome WebForms and more

Category: HTML, Standards

In Mark Pilgrim’s HTML 5 roundup he shares with us the big news: … the merging of the Web Forms 2 specification into the HTML 5 specification, and updating it with the collected feedback of the last two years. form [r2142] fieldset [r2143] input [r2144] button [r2145] label [r2146] select [r2148] datalist [r2150] optgroup [r2151] Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 am

4.6 rating from 61 votes

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