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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Summing Up the Desktop/Homepages

Category: Examples

We’ve been posting a lot of Ajax Desktop/Homepage/Portal websites lately, so it’s nice to see some perpectives from this new article by Stephen Bryant: Year in Review: AJAX Desktops and Homepages. I’ve emphasised a few interesting points here. The article begins with the heavyweights: (and (C)ore features, which are standard among most Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:02 pm

3.3 rating from 7 votes

Even more ajax portals: Eskobo and Porcubine

Category: Portal

Techcrunch recently posted on the flood of ajax desktops, highlighting the recent Eskobo. Eskobo looks very similiar to a lot of the ajax portal apps you’ve probably seen, with the drag and drop funtionality and ability to add your own feeds. A more interesting player in this crowded space is Porcupine Web Application Server, from Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 12:00 pm

4.2 rating from 19 votes

Meebo IM Client Growth

Category: Chat

TechCrunch has brought up Meebo’s Impressive Growth. Meebo is the top Ajax client, and is a fantastic example of what you can do with Ajax. It looks nice, acts responsive, etc. There is a reason that it gets mentioned in all of the lists of quality Ajax applications. I think an interesting debate could be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 am

4 rating from 16 votes

XIN: Rich Ajax Desktop

Category: Showcase

After we posted about the new TXN desktop, Mikael Bergkvist pointed us to another Ajax Rich Desktop called XIN. This desktop has more widgets and features, and it includes some documentation for you to write you own widgets and such.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am

3.6 rating from 7 votes

Dojo Toolkit Javascript Cryptography Library

Category: Dojo, Toolkit

Tom Trenka has been hacking away on dojo.crypto.*. Dojo now has implementations of MD5, and Blowfish. The implementations are designed to be self-standing and singleton objects, making them easy to use and implement. Coming soon we will see: Rijindael/AES SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512 Twofish DES/TripleDES, RSA, and Serpent Code Example dojo.require(“dojo.crypto.MD5”); var message = Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:03 am

3.5 rating from 11 votes

Monday, December 12th, 2005 – dynamic shopping store for hand made items

Category: Editorial, Flash, Showcase

At thursday’s ajax event, one of the sites recommended for demo was It bills itself as “the place to buy and sell all things handmade”. It has some of the most innovative ajax techniques I’ve seen on an ecommerce site. Make sure and check out the time machine (my favorite), color picker, and the Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:30 am

3.3 rating from 8 votes

Spring and DWR integration

Category: Java

Dejan Bosanac recently posted about integrating Spring and with the Java ajax library DWR. His entry builds upon previous work done by Bram Smeets, and Bram actually comments on some possible improvements to Dejan’s setup. Bram is also working on doing full Spring integration for DWR 2.0, which will allow two nice features: using the Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:00 am
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2.9 rating from 11 votes

W3C Creates Web Application Formats Working Group

Category: Editorial

We recently discussed how the W3C Created a Web APIs Working Group, that included XHR and such. They are at it again, now creating a Web Application Formats Working Group: The W3C Web Application Formats Working Group is chartered to develop languages for client-side Web Application development. Deliverables Specification of a declarative format for applications Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:20 am
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2.7 rating from 6 votes

TXN: Ajax Online Desktop

Category: Showcase

xix xeaon has created an early stage example of his TXN online desktop. Currently the only programs are a console and chat application, but they live in their own windows, like a true GUI OS. A nice experiment of the Web OS concept. I wonder if we will ever get to a stage where our Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:10 am

3 rating from 5 votes

JSONP: JSON With Padding

Category: JavaScript

Bob Ippolito recently proposed “JSONP” as a standard for grabbing JSON from external domains. It’s about a cleaner way to get data objects (and other things) from the external domain. With On-Demand Javascript, you specify a URL as the source of a new script tag and the browser evaluates the script sitting at that location. Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 1:15 am

3.9 rating from 94 votes

Prototype Meets Ruby: A Look at Enumerable, Array and Hash

Category: Articles, Prototype

A lot of the open source Ajax frameworks need a bit more on the documentation don’t they Justin Palmer has gone through and documented some of the features that Prototype adds to your JavaScript experience. Iterating over an array someArray.each(function(num) {; }); Exposing Hash Key/Value pairs $H(F.Products[0]).each(function(product) { + “: ” + product.value); Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:34 am
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2.6 rating from 10 votes

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

MooFlex CMS Demo

Category: Showcase

The Mad4Milk have released a demo of their new CMS, MooFlex. One nice feature here is the various boxes present while editing text, which expand and collapse. The TAGS box shows all existing tags, which you can toggle for the current article. If you enter a new tag, it will then appear inside the tag Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 12:42 am

3.8 rating from 51 votes

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Desiging and Building With Ajax – slides, code and resources

Category: Editorial, Presentation, Toolkit

Yesterday Ben, Dion, and yours truly went down to Chicago for Adaptive Path’s Designing and Building with Ajax workshop. It was a full day event with presentations from Jesse James Garrett and Ben and Dion, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon and a final panel discussion. The crowd was a great mix of designers Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:07 pm

3.8 rating from 11 votes


Category: Showcase

Alexander Kirk has introduced a little xmas Ajax with his Wish-o-matic. The small web app helps those who need to buy presents for x-mas but have no clue what to buy. Shame I don’t like xmas. Bah, humbug. :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:21 am

3 rating from 5 votes

Google Password Strength Feedback

Category: Component

We often talk about one of the un-sexy core advantages of Ajax is the ability to do validation where you want it (right where the user is working) but validated securely on the server-side. As we do this, we can offer interesting feedback to the user as they enter in the form data. When you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:14 am

3.5 rating from 87 votes

Live Upload Progress Widget

Category: Component

Sean Treadway has a cool live upload progress demo. The example is implemented on Ruby on Rails.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:11 am

3.9 rating from 13 votes