Monday, October 13th, 2008

Ajaxians join Mozilla; Creating a Developer Tools Group

Category: Ajaxian.com Announcements, Announcements, Mozilla

Today, we are really excited to be able to announce a big personal change. Ben and I are joining forces, full time, for the first time. What are we doing? We are joining Mozilla to create a new group with the charter to create developer tools for the Open Web. Mozilla is placing a big Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:15 pm
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4.7 rating from 80 votes

Tying great visualizations to Ext charts and maps

Category: Sencha

Aaron Conran has developed a nice Ext extension to tie that world to the Google Visualization API: Working with different API’s can present hurdles as we attempt to massage the same data in two different data structures – one for a grid and another for a pie chart. To address this specific challenge, I developed Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am
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3.5 rating from 212 votes

The bane and choice of Rich Text Editors

Category: RichTextWidget

Whenever Abe Fettig is in town I think about how painful his live has been working with rich text editors :) Stuart Atkinson has kindly done a roundup of the state of rich text editors, and it covers: TinyMCE: There’s a modified version of this included in WordPress these days, and it’s extremely well supported Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am
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3.1 rating from 67 votes

Ruby on jQuery and Closures

Category: jQuery, JSON

Sam Ruby has that way about him that sees things very clearly. He just took a peak at jQuery for the first time and was able to really put into words what I think jQuery enthusiasts like about the library: The notable thing about this is that despite all of the asynchronous events taking place, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:40 am
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Saturday, October 11th, 2008

This Week in HTML 5: Web Forms 2, Search, and more

Category: HTML

In Mark’s eighth roundup of HTML 5 land, he delves into the merging of Web Forms 2, which gives us fun things like: input type=”email” input type=”url” inpu type=”number” input type=”range” input type=”date” input type=”time” input type=”datetime” input type=”week” input type=”month” Then Mark discusses input type=”search”: Andy Lyttle wants to standardize one particular feature of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:43 am
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3.5 rating from 19 votes

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Maintainable JavaScript videos are now available.

One month ago, the Fronteers conference in Amsterdam featured several “deep dive” talks on various web development topics. Stuart Langridge for example explained in detail what closures are and I talked about Maintainable JavaScript. The slides of my talk have been available for quite a while now and now Bachelor ICT have released the videos Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 7:13 pm
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2.2 rating from 298 votes

Reinhardt: a Client-side Dispatch Framework

Category: Dojo

Kevin Dangoor of SitePen has introduced Reinhardt a dispatch engine on the client side: 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. dojox.dtl provides the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am
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IE8 and Standards

Category: Browsers, IE

Anne van Kesteren of Opera Software has updated his post on IE 8 to cover beta 2: XDomainRequest: Microsoft unfortunately continues with XDomainRequest rather than making changes to XMLHttpRequest as other browsers are doing and as is being standardized by the W3C Web Apps Working Group. (Disclaimer: I am the editor of XMLHttpRequest Level 2.) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am
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2.4 rating from 35 votes

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

An Interesting Twist on a Pastebin

Category: JavaScript, jQuery

Pastebins have become an important part of sharing code with colleagues. Sites such as Pastebin & Pastie.org are extremely popular because they’re easy to use and very effective in letting people compare notes on source code, especially in a support setting. Remy Sharp wanted to take the pastebin concept a step further, past the static Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:52 am
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3.7 rating from 24 votes

Chofter: search mashup using all things Dojo

Category: Dojo, Showcase

Shane O’Sullivan has built a nice search mashup experience called Chofter. It uses all things Dojo, including: Layouts, Dialogs, Menus and ContentPanes for the user interface. dojo.data and dojo.rpc for data transfer. dojox.dtl (Django Templating Library) for transforming search data into visuals. dojo.fx and FisheyeLite for eye candy

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:50 am
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3.3 rating from 30 votes

How does the scoping work with eval()?

Category: JavaScript

Rakesh Pai wanted to understand scope issues with eval and found a few surprises. He started with the snippet: < View plain text > javascript var foo = 123; var bar = {     changeFoo: function() {         // We’ll keep changing the following snippet         alert(this);   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:32 am
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3.2 rating from 20 votes

Exclusive iPhone in Action Chapter Downloads

Category: iPhone

Now that the NDA has been released, book publishers are finally able to get out their wares. Christopher Allen and Shannon Appelcline have written iPhone in Action, and have kindly given the Ajaxian community free downloads of a couple of the early access chapters: SDK Programming for Web Developers delves into the introduction to Objective-C Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:26 am
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Antisocial: 3D in Canvas with Sound

Category: Canvas, jQuery, Showcase

Gasman has created Antisocial, a very enjoyable demo of Canvas doing fake 3d and 2d along with that ZX Spectrum sound that you loved as a kid. Check out the tool to see where the magic happens, and make some music, Spectrum style! I feel like we have been light on showcases recently, so please Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:42 pm
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3.6 rating from 28 votes

Pimp My Site with CSS and Prototype

Do you like some code pimpage? We saw a couple of interesting posts on this recently in fact. First, our own Christian Heilmann took a table based layout, and in short order turned it over to the light via YUI Grids and CSS. He took this: And it quickly became this: He has made the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:19 pm
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3.5 rating from 28 votes

The myths and reality of XHTML

Category: W3C

Lack of support for XHTML is a fact of life on the web in 2008. Prior to the 3.0 series of Firefox the XHTML processor in Gecko was so poor that Mozilla’s own engineers recommended against it[27]; no version of Internet Explorer up to, and including, IE 8 support XHTML at all, and a number Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:07 am
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3.2 rating from 22 votes

Aptana Jaxer 1.0 RC

Category: Aptana

The Jaxer team has released a release candidate for Jaxer 1.0. Here a synopsis of all the new features and improvements that have gone into this latest release candidate: Jaxer.Sandbox: HTTP-level control; support readyState, toHTML, waitForCompletion Built-in, extensible dispatching for RESTful and RPC service requests Fast, native JSON support Improved APIs for HTTP Request and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:12 am
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