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Monday, February 20th, 2006

Direct Web Remoting (DWR) 1.1 RC1 released

Category: Java, Library, Toolkit

DWR, Direct Web Remoting for Java, has a new 1.1 release candidate available for download. DWR has quickly become the leading open-source Java library for proxy-based remoting of your server side objects. Its also bundled with the popular WebWork framework. New features include: New Converters for Enums and Objects The ability to keep Bean properties Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 5:39 am
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3.5 rating from 32 votes

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Show Love to the Object Literal

Category: JavaScript, Programming

A Javascript tip from Chris Heilmann, who reckons the object literal is “pretty close to sliced bread”. Replace: < View plain text > javascript var commonSense=null; var standardsCompliance="50%"; function init(){   // code } function doStuff(){   // code } function doMoreStuff(){   // code } with the object literal form: < View plain text Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:11 am

3.2 rating from 53 votes

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Happy Birthday, Ajax!

Category: Ajax

Today marks one year since Jesse-James Garrett posted the seminal essay, “Ajax: A new approach to web applications”. What happened next … well, let’s just say tipping points don’t get much bigger than this! Sure, there were Ajax-style applications before that – as the original article points out – but the new name turbo-charged the Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 11:27 pm

3.7 rating from 40 votes

Lightbox.js with moo.fx

Category: JavaScript, Prototype, Toolkit

Sean McBride at alwasybeta has a detailed entry describing their modification of the lightbox.js tool we covered earlier. For use at alwaysbeta, Sean integrated moo.fx, added a close button, did some general code cleanup, and added an attractive Apple-like spinner graphic for the loading image. In the process, Sean found some bugs in moo.fx that Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 5:28 pm

4.1 rating from 113 votes

Friday, February 17th, 2006

WikiCalc Video

Dan Bricklin’s spreadsheet-style wiki, WikiCalc, is progressing nicely (we recently described its Ajax-style navigation). There’s no public demo as yet, so for those of us (ahem) who’ve been too lazy to install it, there’s a good overview in Wednesday’s RocketBoom, a 4 minute video with interview and walkthrough (via Dan Bricklin’s Log, which also includes Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 12:42 pm

3.6 rating from 28 votes

Opera Nintendo Browser

Category: Business, Games, Mobile

Opera will be producing an official web browser for the handheld Nintendo DS platform (via Anne’s Weblog): In Opera’s agreement with Nintendo, Nintendo DS users will now be able to surf the full Internet from their systems using the Opera browser. The Opera browser for Nintendo DS will be sold as a DS card. Users Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 12:18 pm

4 rating from 30 votes

Friday Geek Humour: Announcing Web 2.0.1

Category: Fun

Web 2.0.1 has been announced on the ink-stained banana. It’s Friday, so time to go light: We would like to alert you that there’s been a patch release to Web 2.0 to address some minor bugs and address valuable new features. Although this is a minor upgrade, and should not effect your use of Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:56 am

3.7 rating from 38 votes

Creammonkey: Safari gets some Grease

Category: Browsers, JavaScript, Library

First we had GreaseMonkey for Firefox, then we had GreaseMonkIE, Trixie, and Turnabout for IE, but what about Safari? That is where Creammonkey comes in.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:47 am

3.9 rating from 26 votes

Flash without Flash with

Category: JavaScript, Prototype, UI

Thomas Fuchs linked to a site that many thought was Flash, but in fact was just using The site is and shows off portfolio of the artist.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:42 am

3.8 rating from 29 votes

Opera and Freedom Media Announce Mobile Ajax (Opera) Development

Category: Ajax, Toolkit has posted a new article about the partnership between Opera Software and Freedom Media to launch the “world’s first mobile widget application based on Opera Software’s mobile AJAX authoring environment” – Opera Platform. Named “Freedomâ€?, the application offers a collection of mobile pay-per-view services designed to increase the usability of mobile Web based services Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:24 am

3.4 rating from 21 votes

Thursday, February 16th, 2006 – Search CD and DVD Cover/Album Art

The site takes advantage of the power of PHP with the flexibility of Ajax to create a simple, powerful site that you can use to query album art for your favorite CDs and DVDs. Type the name of a CD/DVD or artist in the searchfield below and will find hundreds of covers within Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:44 pm

4.1 rating from 52 votes

Yahoo! does Ajax – Javascript libraries and Patterns

Category: Dojo, Library, Prototype, Yahoo!

Over on SitePoint today, in the DHTML & CSS blog section, Kevin Yank has a new post that talks about some of the Javascript libraries, including the new Yahoo offerings. JavaScript is hard, but it could be a lot harder. These days, choosing your tools can actually be most of the work. Today, the poster Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:25 pm

3.9 rating from 47 votes

JotSpot Wiki Updated: Now with 80% more Ajax!

Category: Dojo, Showcase

Abe Fettig announced a new improved JotSpot Wiki which features new ajax components. Favourites Toggle You simply click on the favourites star icon, and it gets instantly added to your favourites. Ajax comments and attachments You can simply add comments and attachments all within the page with Ajax goodness.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:17 am

3.7 rating from 39 votes

JavaScript Style Guide

Category: Dojo, JavaScript

Ah the hours of arguing over coding style. We have all been there. It starts with: Should our team/company have guidelines? And then it gets to: { braces MUST be on the same line, are you NUTS!!! It is often good to look at what others are doing, and the Dojo Toolkit has their Javascript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:13 am

3.7 rating from 65 votes

Thoughts on the Ajax Toolkit Spectrum from a Microsoft-ie

Category: Editorial, JavaScript, Toolkit

Harry Pierson of Microsoft has replied to the other Dion’s Ajax spectrum with his own thoughts. With respect to AJAX toolkits, the question becomes just how easy will these lightweight toolkits compose? Because while Dion describes Google Maps as “a simple JavaScript include”, that’s just the technicalities, it doesn’t begin to deal with the semantics. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:06 am

3.7 rating from 21 votes

Mastering Ajax with IBM developerWorks

Category: Examples, Programming, XmlHttpRequest

The IBM developerWorks site has posted several parts of a series related to working with Ajax, building developers up from knowing nothing about the technology to some of the more advanced features it offers. There are three parts to the series that have been posted: Part 1 is an introduction to Ajax – what it Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:50 am

3.9 rating from 37 votes