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Friday, March 10th, 2006

Google Writely: The start of the Google Office

Category: Editorial, Google, LiveEdit

We blogged about Writely way back (in the Web 2.0 sense), and it was an instant hit. Then we saw that Google has purchased the Writely folk. Many are saying that this shows their desire to get into the online office market, but maybe it is more about talent? The functionality in Writely can be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:16 pm

3.6 rating from 68 votes

Sneaky Submissions Supported by Ajax?

Category: Ajax, Examples

Rian brings to light a somewhat sneaky method of using Ajax that could make web surfers out there a bit more wary to fill out the online forms they come across. The practice, what he calls a “stealth submit”, involves the submission of form data from a user’s session even before they’ve hit the submit Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:04 am

3.7 rating from 50 votes

Alexaholic – Get your Alexa Stats Fix

Category: Showcase

Alexaholic, created by Ron Hornbaker, is a lightweight site that uses the Alexia traffic chart information to quickly and easily compare multiple domains in interactive, easily-bookmarked pages. In the main page you can enter in up to five domain names to query and hit the “get my alexaholic fix” button to send off the request. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 9:28 am

3.9 rating from 22 votes

Prototype Gets Some Serious Syntactic Sugar

Category: Programming, Prototype

According to this post on, everyone’s favorite Javascript library, prototype, has gotten some new “syntactic sugar” when it comes to dealing with Element objects. I’ve hoped for a while that Prototype would implement something similar to what JQuery has going on for DOM elements. The current Element object in Prototype is packed full of Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:48 am

3.8 rating from 31 votes

Post-Processing Javascript

Category: JavaScript

Do you post-process your Javascript? Are you an obfuscator, minifier, or gzipper? Douglas Crockford discusses these three forms of post-processing. Minifying A minifier removes the comments and unnecessary whitespace from a program. Depending on how the program is written, this can reduce the size by about half. Obfuscating An obfuscator also minifies, but it will Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:17 am

3.8 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Pixoh: Online Image Editing

Category: Showcase

There are more than a couple of photo apps popping up these days aren’t there. Pixoh is a nice Ajax app that allows you to edit pics via their dhtml interface. You can quickly give it a go, and do simple rotation, cropping, etc. The app is built using Twisted and MochiKit. Features Import pictures Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:30 am

3.8 rating from 51 votes

Eliminating redisplay flashes in JavaScript

Category: Articles, JavaScript, Tip

Patrick Fitzgerald has written up his technique for eliminating redisplay flashes in JavaScript. We all see this problem in various scenarios. Nice semantic HTML comes down before the CSS/JS has styled it. For a split second you see the ugly style before the true style is applied. Your first thought might be “I’ll just add Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:13 am

3.4 rating from 22 votes

Clipmarks: Ajax Image Clipping

Category: Showcase

Clipmarks is a web service that is using the bleeding edge of the web to offer a rich experience for saving and sharing image clips. The image clipping navigator is a true rich application written with Ajax techniques. You get a three pane window that allows you to hunt for the best clips on the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:40 am

3.9 rating from 28 votes

My-BIC AJAX: State of Mind for PHP harmony

Category: Ajax, Programming

More and more Ajax frameworks are popping up out there, and sometimes it’s nice to see one that really wants to stick to the basics and do them well. Jim Plush’s “state of mind” offering, My-BIC, does just that. After tiring of over hyped ajax frameworks trying to hide the guts that make ajax programming Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:37 am
1 Comment

3.7 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

A (Re)Introduction to JavaScript

Category: Ajax, Articles, JavaScript, Presentation, Programming

Simon Willison has posted the complete slides (low quality) (higher quality via flickr) to a three hour tutorial he gave at ETech on JavaScript. It looks very thorough with over 100 slides, starting out with the basic syntax and types and working up to objects and first-order functions. He also has made his notes available Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 11:38 pm

3.8 rating from 33 votes

Comet ETech Slides Available

Category: Comet, Programming, Remoting

Alex Russell has posted slides for his ETech presentation on Comet. Comet (which we mentioned the other day) is Alex’s new term for push-style server-to-browser communication. ETech Comet Presentation – PDF Version ETech Comet Presentation – Flash Version The presentation motivates Comet largely in terms of social and multi-user concerns, before moving onto the nuts Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:35 pm
1 Comment

4 rating from 26 votes

WordPress Ajax Comments

Category: Ajax, PHP

In a quick blog post from there’s some information about adding an Ajax-enabled commenting system to your WordPress blog. Finally, my blog is ajaxified and all this is made possible with the help of Safirul of I was initially intrigued with the commenting system at K2 and Squible where a nice animatic effect Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:12 am

3.9 rating from 386 votes

AJAX Isn’t Just All-Purpose SOAP…

Category: Ajax

Justin Schultz has posted this extensive introduction to Ajax over on his blog. In this post, my goal is to provide you with a thorough AJAX primer and give you a real-world illustration of its usefulness. Later, I’ll demonstrate the benefits of AJAX using a test case application for a chemical sales company. First, I’ll Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:03 am

3.8 rating from 25 votes

Google Calendar: CL2

Category: Google

Mike Arrington of TechCrunch has gotten leaked screenshots of Googles Ajax Calendar. CL2 is closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It includes now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, suscription feeds for integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation, search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more. It’s also clear from the event creation functionality Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:42 am

4 rating from 46 votes Maps: A new Ajax mapping service

Category: Mapping, Showcase has released their own Ajax Maps solution, that looks a lot like Google Maps again. They have added a couple of small features such as driving direction playback and saved/recent locations which is nice, but not a huge amount of innovation here. What I have found interesting in the maps space is how much Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:26 am

3.7 rating from 18 votes

Laszlo Demonstrates Ajax Runtime

Category: Flash, Toolkit

Back in December we discussed how Laszlo was going to target Ajax as well as Flash. Several people wrote in to tell us that yesterday, Laszlo released a demo of their Ajax renderer. Over at, you can check out both Flash and Ajax versions of “LZPIX”, a graphical front-end to Flickr. It’s pretty amazing Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:16 am

3.8 rating from 25 votes