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Monday, January 16th, 2006

Announcing Wizlite: Collaborative Page Highlighting

Category: Showcase

Announcing Wizlite by Alex Kirk (BandNews and Blummy creator). Wizlite is a fantastic use of Ajax for highlighting and annotating any web page. Using either a bookmarklet or a Firefox extension, you’ll see highlights and annotations from other people, each with their own colour. The FAQ explains how publishers can make their pages “Wizlite-able” with Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 12:16 pm
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3.8 rating from 22 votes

Rexv.org – powerful regex evaluator

Category: PHP, Programming, Testing, Toolkit

We wrote before about some ajax regex tools to help test regular expressions. Recently we came upon rexv.org, which really is the swiss army knife of online reg ex tools. It supports three different regex modes: PHP PCRE, PHP Posix, javascript. Also includes options for greediness, case sensitivity, unicode, and others. It evaluates your regex Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:59 am
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3.8 rating from 21 votes

Lightbox.js – easy image overlays with javascript

Category: JavaScript, Toolkit

Lightbox is a very easy solution to do image overlays in your page. Check out the example at the site, and also note how easy it is to add. Works on “all modern browsers”. Just add the javascript to your page, and add rel=”lightbox” to a link tag to activate. (via Matt)

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:45 am
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4.2 rating from 94 votes

Quick ajax php function reference

Category: Examples, PHP

Phpfunctions is a quick reference for looking up that php function that you know has to exist, but you just can’t remember the name. Just type in a short string and wait for the live update – then follow the link to the full docs at php.net for more info if needed. Response time seems Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:37 am
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3.7 rating from 46 votes

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Ajax Reduces Load on MacRumors.com Servers

Category: Showcase

We’re constantly asked how Ajax impacts server load. That’s a tough question to answer as its so dependent on what it is your web application actually does. However, MacRumors.com provides an excellent example of how Ajax can be used to reduce server-side load. We first talked about MacRumors.com’s Ajax architecture back in June. They recently Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:39 am
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4.3 rating from 82 votes

Bubbleshare: Photo Sharing Community

Category: Showcase

Scott Schiller wrote in to tell us about Bubbleshare. It calls itself “the easiest way to share photos”, and its hard to disagree, especially if you have a Mac. Bubbleshare has an iPhoto plug-in that integrates with iPhoto’s “Export” feature and gives you a one-click photo album sharing feature — with absolutely no previous registration Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:58 am
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3 rating from 87 votes

Ajax Navigation in WikiCalc 0.2

Category: Showcase

Dan Bricklin has announced an upgrade of WikiCalc, the wiki framework with spreadsheet tendencies. The new version uses Ajax for navigation: Reimplemented Cells tab to use AJAX. Navigating on the Cells tab by clicking on cells or using arrow keys no longer results in a repaint of the entire screen. Just the affected cells are Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:08 am
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3.7 rating from 53 votes

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Package Mapper – track your shipments on google maps

Category: Examples, Ruby, Showcase

Map out the route your packages take on their way to their destination with Package Mapper. Its built on Ruby on Rails, and you can see use of scriptaculous effects in many spots. It looks pretty close to the single page model Joe described a while ago. From the front page: Package Mapper shows you Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:36 am
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3.8 rating from 43 votes

JAHAH – Cross-Domain JS Library

Category: Library, Remoting

With all the recent excitement about cross–domain Javascript, it was perhaps inevitable that libraries would emerge to automate the process. David Janes has produced one such library: JAHAH. The name comes from AHAH, which we posted about earlier. Amongst its features: * It is easy for web page authors to include JAHAH documents * It Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:50 am
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4 rating from 42 votes

Search Everything on the Page

Category: Showcase

Tom Light’s produced an interesting use of Ajax which is bound to be a little controversial from a usability perspective. Each word on the site (on motorbikes) is a hyperlink to a search on that word. Click on “gas” and the top of the page will morph to show the top three matching pages containing Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 7:27 am
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3.2 rating from 26 votes

Nine Tips For Rich Internet Applications

Category: Usability

Bill Scott has been putting in some great posts on Ajax design in the past few months. His most recent post is “Nine Tips for Rich Internet Applications”. Among the tips: 1) Make it directly interactive 2) Make it inviting 3) Use lightweight, in-context popups instead of page transitions where possible 4) Use real-estate creatively Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:24 am
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3.9 rating from 30 votes

JavaScript Tip: Running code in the dark

Category: JavaScript, Tip

At a recent client, we were finding strange behaviour occuring in the JavaScript side of the house. After taking a look, the problem was namespace collisions. A couple of the developers were new to JavaScript, and didn’t know about the scoping world. For example, the classic: var foo = “whee”; when placed at the top Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:11 am
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3.6 rating from 45 votes

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Odeo: Ajax Engineer

Ajax Engineer – San Francisco, CA Odeo is a very cool startup in San Francisco, CA, and they are specifically looking for an Ajax Engineer. If you want to work on killer ajax applications, give them a shout. Job Description We are looking for a passionate and talented individual to help us fill out our Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:12 pm
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3.4 rating from 13 votes

XM Radio Online 2.0

Category: Showcase

XM has launched version 2.0 of its online product. This update has made the UI ajax driven, with a few flash movies for displaying the presets and the current song data. One of the developers talks about the browser issues he had to deal with (Safari and links to elements in overflow:auto content).

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:33 pm
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3.7 rating from 16 votes

Treehouse Magazine Login

Category: Component, Editorial

Treehouse Magazine is a magazine about the web. They implement a nice login component in the top right corner. If you want to login, signup, etc you can do it from that widget. Very simple, the forms are just changed around dynamically depending on your use case. We are seeing a log of login components. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:30 am
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3.4 rating from 25 votes

Apple iWeb: Ajax Photoshow

Category: Showcase

You know that Ajax has hit the big time when Steve Jobs mentions it in a keynote. Steve showed off some Apple Ajax, when he demo’d the new iWeb product that is part of the iLife suite. When you publish your content to .Mac, to be shared on the web, there is a very nice Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:18 am
9 Comments

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3.8 rating from 32 votes