Monday, August 17th, 2009

punypng: crushing your images even more

Category: Performance, Utility

Conrad Chu, Design Director at Ask.com, thought he needed an image compression tool better suited for designers and front-end developers (compared to smush.it) and scratched the itch with punypng. punypng is serious about image compression — it handles 8-bit PNGs, 24-bit PNGs, JPEGs, GIFs and animated GIFs. It also leverages dirty transparency techniques to further Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:19 am
24 Comments

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4.5 rating from 42 votes

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Social coding step one; Collaboration support in Bespin launched

Category: Bespin

This content re-posted from my personal blog. You can choose to follow the Bespin team on Twitter: @dalmaer (Dion Almaer, early look at Ajaxian posts), @bgalbs (Ben Galbraith), @dangoor (Kevin Dangoor), @joewalker (Joe Walker) and @bespin itself. Bob in Boston: “Hey Harris, can you help me on a bit of code?” Harry in Hamstead: “Sure Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:34 am
14 Comments

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4.2 rating from 30 votes

Fontplore: A crazy table UI to check out fonts

Category: Fun

Christian Hertlein and Marcus Paeschke spent their summer creating Fontplore an experiment that allows you to explore the world of fonts using an interactive table and some funky objects to represent navigation and actions. The application running on the table is written in Java (using the NetBeans IDE) and based on the Processing framework. We Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am
6 Comments

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3.4 rating from 26 votes

Seeking Proposals for Lightning Rounds at The Ajax Experience conference

Category: Ajaxian.com Announcements, Conferences, The Ajax Experience

The Ajax Experience is being held September 14-16 at the Hilton Logan Airport in Boston. What are Lightning Rounds?: Lightning Rounds are 5 minute sessions are designed to showcase new cool Ajax stuff, cutting edge technology, new solutions and emerging trends; it is also an opportunity to get new information out to the community.  Speakers Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 8:37 am
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2.7 rating from 11 votes

Detecting globals with a bookmarklet

Category: Utility

Kangax stumbled upon a blog post by Remy Sharp on detecting global variable leaks. He took that work and updated it a little to filter out Prototype, Script.aculo.us, Google and Mozilla globals. If you want to add sets it is easy to do so… go fork away. The bookmarklet itself is here. Of course: It’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:04 am
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3.5 rating from 11 votes

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Skulpt: Crazy project that lets your browser parse and run Python

Category: Python

Skulpt is an entirely in-browser implementation of Python. Really. Crazy and cool. You can build an example term like this just via: < View plain text > javascript window.addEvent(‘domready’, function() {     var term = initTerminal(80, 20);       // set up demo typers     $(‘codeexample1’).addEvent(‘click’, (function(e)           Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:59 am
23 Comments

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4.2 rating from 39 votes

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Last Chance: Free Book Offer Ends Friday

Category: Ajaxian.com Announcements, Conferences, The Ajax Experience

This is a friendly reminder that our free book giveaway for The Ajax Experience is about to expire. Anyone who registers between August 4 and this Friday, August 14, can take their pick of a book from our developers’ library (this offer is to sweeten the deal for those who didn’t get to take advantage Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 11:08 am
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2.3 rating from 20 votes

W3C publish first working draft of File API

Category: Standards

The W3C has published a working draft for the File API which gives us a much improved <input type=”file”> and programmatic ability to work with file uploads and the like. There are actually a few pieces to this work, which does a good job interfacing with other standards too: This specification provides an API for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:25 am
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4 rating from 38 votes

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Ext Designer Preview tool, to go with Ext 3.0

Category: Sencha

The Ext folks released Ext version 3 a few weeks back, but we were holding back for their blog post on the matter. There is a lot of great stuff in this release, much of which has been covered in other posts on the release candidates. What is new about the full release though is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:37 am
35 Comments

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3.7 rating from 113 votes

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Microsoft dips toe in HTML 5 water

Category: Browsers, Microsoft, Standards

Stephen Shankland pointed to Adrian Bateman of Microsoft speaking up in a W3C list on HTML 5. Microsoft has been incredibly quiet until now (the IE team at least, Chris Wilson is in another team now) and so it is interesting to get a glimpse of their thoughts (and try to work out what they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am
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4.3 rating from 22 votes

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Tori’s Eye: You can never have enough Twitter visualizations

Category: jQuery, Showcase

We posted on the audio + processing Twitter visualization this week, and today we have a new one. Luis Abreu and Quodis Labs have created a jQuery DOM based visualization, Tori’s Eye. It’s a twitter visualization animated with jQuery, fetches search rss results( has a default keyword, user can change ), and for each result Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am
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4.1 rating from 58 votes

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Book Giveaway for The Ajax Experience!

Category: Ajaxian.com Announcements, Conferences, The Ajax Experience

August 28th marks the $100 off early-bird deadline for The Ajax Experience conference, September 14-16 in Boston, MA. Have yet to take advantage of early-bird savings? No worries. We’ve arranged a plan to sweeten the deal. Here’s the scoop: Anyone who registers for The Ajax Experience over the next 2 weeks can take their pick Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 3:18 pm
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3.2 rating from 18 votes

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Google buying On2; New twist in the hope for Open Video

Category: Google, Video

Today, video is an important part of many people’s everyday activities on the Internet and a big part of many Google products. Because we spend a lot of time working to make the overall web experience better for users, we think that video compression technology should be a part of the web platform. To that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:29 am
13 Comments

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4.5 rating from 31 votes

iPhone-like password field; quickshow character

Category: jQuery

We showed the cool Chroma Hash last week, and then we saw another cool jQuery plugin for passwords. The iPhone-like passwords plugin takes an input and makes it feel like the iPhone in that you see what you type for a short period and it then gets hidden as a “?”. There are some real Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am
9 Comments

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2.3 rating from 45 votes

Google Chrome Eclipse Debugger

Google Chrome has had a V8 debugger for some time, and they just released a Chrome Dev Tools Protocol that builds on that: The V8 Debugger protocol covers only JavaScript debugging operations, and only within a single V8 virtual machine (VM). In reality, there can be one or more separate V8 VMs inside a Google Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:08 am
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3.5 rating from 29 votes

HTML5 Audio + Processing(Canvas) Experiment

Category: Canvas, Showcase

Sebastian Deutsch has a nice new experiment that uses HTML5 audio + Processing (which uses Canvas) to visualize Twitter streams sync’d to music. In their words: We’ve created a litttle experiment which loads 100 tweets related to HTML5 and displays them using a javascript-based particle engine. Each particle represents a tweet – click on one Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:55 am
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4.1 rating from 29 votes

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