Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Ajaxian Roundup for April, 2008: CSS goodness, Ext licenses, and the Cloud

Category: Roundup

March has flown by for me, and we had some great announcements, and some busy threads of discussion to show for it. The Webkit folk have had the great insight to realize that although SVG and canvas are still thought of as more advanced technology and are not mainstream in anyway, the problems that they can solve are very useful. In fact, you can take those tools and give specific solutions to use cases. For example, round some corners! The CSS animations and CSS masks work are killer good and exciting.

March was a coming out party for the Cloud, with the technical preview of Google App Engine and the news of the upcoming Aptana Cloud. I have a feeling that 2008 will be the “when we get to hit the DEPLOY button” year for developers, and I am very excited about it!

Finally, the ugly parts. Ext JS 2.1 was released, and with it came a license change. This brought up the undercurrent of some in the community that thought that the old license wasn’t valid, and with the GPL change we saw OpenEXT, the fork.

The Ext JS team is responding with open source exceptions, and is asking for community input.

Here is the full roundup:

JavaScript

jQuery

Prototype

Dojo

Ext

Moo

Browsers / Standards

CSS / UI

Mobile

Performance and the Cloud

Showcases / Games

Utiltiies / IDE

Misc / Humor

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