Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Fixing Loss of Focus on IE

Category: IE, JavaScript

Continuing with SitePen stories for today, Dustin Machi posted a short but interesting piece on how to detect loss of focus on IE6. So your cool new app is perfect, but you want it to lock the user out when the browser hasn’t had focus after 15 minutes? Well that’s easy you think, I’ll just Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am

3.5 rating from 26 votes

Reinhardt: Client-side URL Dispatching from SitePen

Category: Dojo, JavaScript

Kevin Dangoor from SitePen recently announced the release of a small pet project: Reinhardt. From the blog: A typical server-side web framework today includes three main components: a URL dispatching to some controller object scheme, a template engine, and a data mapping facility. Currently in Dojo, you’ll find that the latter two items already exist. Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am
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3.6 rating from 21 votes

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Peppy: New CSS 3 selector engine

Category: CSS, JavaScript, Library

James Donaghue has released Peppy, the first release of his CSS 3 compliant selector engine that runs independent of one particular library (and can thus be used with any of them). He has some bold claims on speed: As it stands now Peppy is faster1 than all other major JavaScript libraries with DOM querying capabilities Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:44 am

4 rating from 597 votes

TestMonkey: How appropriate

Category: Testing

There are a lot of monkeys making appearances in the Ajax world. Tamarins, Greasey ones, Action monkeys, and now we have TestMonkey from the Appcelerator crew: TestMonkey is an open source (Apache License) UI test framework we’re introducing today. It’s going to be fully integrated into Appcelerator (with some additional cool features on top if Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:51 am

4 rating from 21 votes

CSS Expressions are no more in IE 8 standards mode

Category: Browsers, IE

< View plain text > css div.title { background-color: expression( (new Date()).getHours()%2 ? "#B8D4FF" : "#F08A00" ); } The CSS expressions of old will no longer work in IE 8. Whenever a feature goes away in IE, Ajax hackers get worried, as many hacks rely on quirks or proprietary features of the browser. Why did Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am

4 rating from 26 votes

Great JavaScript and CSS Menu Libraries

Category: CSS, JavaScript

Noupe is doing a good job cataloging content, such as their post on great JavaScript CSS menu libraries which features: Sexy Sliding Menu – Andrew Sellick decided to use mootools due to the smoothness of their effects, however, he developed a sliding menu using FastFind Menu Script – This script allows for nested menus, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:58 am

3.7 rating from 31 votes

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Greasemonkey, Chrome Edition

Category: Browsers, Chrome, Plugins

Chromium gained an important patch over the weekend, with the introduction of Greasemonkey support. The patch came from none other than Aaron Boodman, creator of the original Firefox add-on, and also a Google employee. For now, it’s just a patch and it’s not yet clear if and when it will be part of the official Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:09 pm

3.9 rating from 31 votes

Fennec (Mobile Firefox) Alpha 1 Released

Category: Browsers, Mobile

Mark Finkle has announced the first alpha release of Mozilla’s mobile web browser, Fennec. While there was some discussion in recent days of progress on a Windows Mobile version, this release runs on the Nokia N800 and N810 only. However, Mozilla has also provided an emulator for folks to run Fennec on their desktop machine Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:46 am

4 rating from 23 votes

Firefox 3 and XML

Category: Firefox

I’ve been delving back into the gnarly world of XML on the web lately and surprised to see what’s changed and what hasn’t. Coming up to speed on what’s new in this part of the Ajaxian world, I found a great article from IBM DeveloperWorks on what Firefox 3 brings to the table with XML. Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 7:30 am

3.1 rating from 17 votes

Letting off some “steam” for your Cappuccino

The 280 North crew continue to do good work with Cappuccino and Objective-J. We were fortunate to have Francisco Tolmasky speak at The Ajax Experience, and he has continued on a world tour on the subject. Below are some highlights from the Future of Web Apps in London: The crew has also been detailed some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:05 am

3.6 rating from 16 votes

jslibs – free JavaScript of browser limitations

jslibs is a way to use JavaScript on the command line using Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey. It provides wrappers for a lot of common libraries normally accessed through PHP or Python like image manipulation, packing or sound, animation and video through ogg vorbis and openGL. You also get access to SQLite Databases with a special wrapper.

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 6:22 am

4.5 rating from 31 votes

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Ajaxian Featured Tutorial: Building a JavaScript table grid application with TaffyDB

Category: JavaScript

Back in March, we posted about Ian Smith’s newest project, TaffyDB, the lightweight JavaScript library that acts as thin data layer inside Web 2.0 and Ajax applications. Ian contacted us to let us know about a new tutorial that he posted which provides step-by-step instructions on how to best implement TaffyDB: TaffyDB extracts the “hard Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:00 am
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3.6 rating from 35 votes

MAMA, who is using Web standards?

Category: Opera

Ars discussed the new Opera initiative MAMA, the study that only 4.13% of the web is standards-compliant whatever that means :) It is cool to see Opera doing this kind of work, with “Metadata Analysis and Mining Application (MAMA), a tool that crawls the web and indexes the markup and scripting data from approximately 3.5 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:17 am

3.9 rating from 17 votes, an internet notification platform

Rusty Klophaus has launched, an internet notification platform that works on both Windows and Mac (including support for Growl). “Using Stitcho, your website can send real-time noti?cations directly to a user’s desktop, even when their web browser is closed.” Rusty told us: Stitcho is different from the other Javascript-to-Growl bridges that you have reviewed. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:05 am

4 rating from 41 votes

A Million-user Comet Application with Mochiweb

Category: Comet

Richard Jones has started an interesting series to talk about scaling comet web applications using MochiWeb: In this series I will detail what I found out empirically about how mochiweb performs with lots of open connections, and show how to build a comet application using mochiweb, where each mochiweb connection is registered with a router Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am

2.4 rating from 25 votes

Mootools 1.2.1 Released

Category: MooTools

Tom Occhino has released Mootools 1.2.1, a backwards compatible release that also features: Element.Properties.html (element.set(‘html’, html);) now works even with select and table element’s in Internet Explorer. Element:clone is also now faster than ever, and retains the values of form elements being cloned. A lot of work has also been done to fix some bugs Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:18 am

4.2 rating from 33 votes

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