Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Nextpoint releases open source project Growl4Rails

Category: Component, JavaScript, Prototype, Rails

The team at Nextpoint has released the open source project Growl4Rails, a component providing Growl-like functionality in Rails web applications. Nextpoint’s e-discovery product deals with many very large documents. Indexing, imaging and PDF-ing of those documents can take a bit of time, which requires us to execute these tasks asynchronously. Background processing demands a solid Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

JavaScriptMVC 1.5 Released

Category: JavaScript

Justin Meyer emailed me to let me know that JavaScriptMVC, the framework that provides a Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern for JavaScript development, has been updated and version 1.5 is offically available for download. New features include: Env.js/Shrinksafe based compression: A custom env to simulate the browser. As the browser encounters script tags, it adds them to Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 3:31 pm
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YAML Debug: Page Info Debugger

Category: Debugging, Utility

Dirk Jesse pointed us to his YAML Debug project, a cool little bookmarklet with a nice interface: While he talks about its special abilities when mated with YAML-powered websites, its general abilities are quite handy indeed, including highlighting various code quality and accessibility metrics, conditionally removing style sheets, viewing layout information, and more. One interesting Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am
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Canvas for a Text Editor?

Category: Bespin, Canvas

The following is a lightly edited repost from an entry on my personal blog. Culling through the Bespin feedback we received post-launch, it’s clear that a few aspects of the project are controversial. I’d like to address one of them: our choice of canvas as the rendering engine for the editor. (In addition to feedback, Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am
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JavaScript Inheritance Performance

Category: JavaScript, Performance

Robert Kieffer has run some benchmarks on the performance of JavaScript inheritance using different inheritance techniques: One area of the Prototype JavaScript library that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with is its support for mimicing OO inheritance.   The ability to call $super from within a function to refer to a superclass’ Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:34 am
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Queued: a Netflix Queue Manager Using Dojo and AIR

Category: Dojo, Showcase

SitePen, via Adobe sponsorship, has created an open source queue manager for Netflix called Queued. The entire Dojo toolkit contains much more functionality than any single application needs, so the task of building applications often comes down to figuring out what style of coding you’ll use rather than learning how to use different components and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:31 am
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Xopus Application Framework: Objective-J Done Different

Category: Framework, JavaScript

The good folks at Xopus (the really cool browser-based XML editor) have been working largely in silence on a new version of their application. They’ve recently posted a presentation that talks about the framework behind this new version of Xopus. In the linked PDF, the framework is revealed to be an “object-oriented ‘extended subset’ of Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:00 am
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jQuery Ajax Experience Framework Videos

Category: jQuery, The Ajax Experience, Video

Today’s post of Ajax Experience videos from our Fall 2008 show features jQuery. Enjoy! Intro to jQuery with John Resig   Advanced jQuery with John Resig   jQuery on Rails (The Real Ones) with Jonathan Sharp

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:00 am
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Pimp Your Storage

Category: Prototype

Andrew Dupont has done what the threatened to do and created part one of series critiquing Prototype code. The first installment has him taking a version of Element.Storage by Sébastien Grosjean and tweaking it out. Andrew discusses Prototype style issues, naming, feature design, fun common things such as: < View plain text > HTML if Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:19 am
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Prefilling forms with Microformats and YQL

Category: Microformat, Yahoo!

Ever since YQL started supporting microformats scanning (the outcome of having a coffee with the team last time I visited the main office) I tried to find good examples of how you can use this. Microformats rock, we all know that but so far I am still waiting for the killer application or implementation for Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 1:24 am
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webOS and Mojo framework for Palm Pre; Finally get some info

Category: Mobile

Fancy writting a Web application on the architecture above? Since announcing the Palm Pre we have seen a lot of people wondering about the goods under the hood. We now have an online reference to check out. Once you get past the high level stuff, you get to the meat: Stages and Scenes Palm’s user Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:53 am
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Conference and a Contest

Category: Conferences, Contests

JSConf 2009 JavaScript developers now have another JavaScript-focused conference to attend. The JSConf 2009 conference will be exclusively focused on a wide range of JavaScript development topics and has lined up a great list of speakers. Presenting at the conference are notables such as: Stoyan Stefanov of the YUI team Francisco Tolmasky, co-founder of 280 Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 12:27 am
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Monday, February 16th, 2009

Designing a JavaScript client for a REST API

Category: Articles, JavaScript

This is a guest post by Jared Jacobs of the KaChing, an exciting new way to do your own hedge fund, the Web 2.0 way (a.k.a. don’t give it to Madoff!). I was very happy when he said he would be willing to do a post on REST APIs, and what makes a good design. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am
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xLazyLoader: Lazy loader callback framework

Category: JavaScript, jQuery, Library

Oleg Slobodskoi, guru behind jimdo.com, has open sourced xLazyLoader a jQuery plugin that lets you asynchronously load resources such as JavaScript, CSS, and images. Quite useful if you want to head of and load some CSS to do something custom and you need the callback. Example < View plain text > javascript $.xLazyLoader({     Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am
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Native JSON in Firefox 3.1; Joins IE 8

Category: Browsers, JSON

The native JSON API is part of the upcoming 3.1 revision of ECMAScript, so we should see it adopted in browsers pretty quickly. It’s also API compatible with json2.js, as you note, so many many web users will get the performance win without apps needing to update. I suspect that the performance advantage for native Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:05 am
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Typism: Build your own fonts

Category: Showcase, SVG

Juraj Sukop has created a fun project called Typism that lets you build fonts on the Web: typism is a web-based font editor. It is a public site where anyone can create a font for others to use and to study, to modify and to copy. You write the description of a typeface, design the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:48 am
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