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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

FCKEditor: Rich Text Editing

Category: Component, RichTextWidget

We recently covered the Dojo Rich Text Editor. Here’s FCKEditor, another widget that aims to be easy for users to work with and easy for developers to install and customise. Support for keyboard shortcuts is impressive, but the browser gets in the way sometimes. I got burned a couple of times with Cmd-Left, which in Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:14 am

3.3 rating from 39 votes

Neo CMS: WYSIWYG Ajax Website Management

Category: Showcase

Neo CMS is rich CMS tool that allows you to do WYSIWYG editing on your website directly. When you are logged into your site, you will see a toolbar above it, that allows you to make changes to your site. These changes can be as simple as changing content and design on the fly, or Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:53 am

4.1 rating from 25 votes

Introducing Michael Mahemoff to the Ajaxian Team

Category: Editorial

We are proud to announce that Michael Mahemoff of the popular has joined the team. Together, and Ajax Patterns is going to offer even more information for users of Ajax technology. Expect to see cross pollination between the sites, and in the podcasts. And, if there is anything that you wish to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:44 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Monday, November 21st, 2005

AOL’s Answer to Flickr

Category: Examples

AOL takes a cautious step towards Ajax with its rebranded image manager,AOL Pictures (login required). It’s not exactly Ajax as we know it: Most tools, including those used for photo editing and batch uploading, are not AJAX, but are Active X controls, meaning only users of Internet Explorer will be able to use them. And Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:45 pm
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3.3 rating from 8 votes

BinaryBonsai Live Archives

Category: Component, Showcase

Over at Binary Bonsai, they have a nice example of Live Archives. The archive refreshes asynchronously, and you are able to view the content via date (chronological), tagging, and categories. As well as the obligatory Tag Cloud, they also have a graph representation of the popularity of their tags, which is actually easier to view. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:51 pm

3.6 rating from 7 votes

Search Engine Experiment: Single Page App

Category: Showcase

The Search Engine Experiment is a great idea. It searches Google, Yahoo!, and MSN in parallel, for the purpose of having you rank relevance (not to use it as a multiple search engine, there are plenty of those). You get the results back, not knowing which match to a particular engine, and you select which Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:16 am

3.6 rating from 7 votes

Microsoft Touts New Ajax Tools

Category: .NET

Brian Goldfarb is a Microsoft Product Manager, and he answered questions on Microsoft’s plans for tools to make Ajax development easier by Infomation Week. What will you see in this Q&A? He has to put in “its roots in what Microsoft invented almost 8 years ago with IE4 (DHTML) and IE5 (XMLHttp).” :) What is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:47 am

3.1 rating from 10 votes

JSON == YAML? It’s getting closer to truth

Category: Editorial

Why the lucky stiff is talking about the JSON and YAML camps coming together. Why made the linkage that JSON and YAML are quite similar, and an amazing thing happened. Normally if tech X and tech Y were similar what would happen? Leader A would want to make it more different to distinguish it! And, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am

3.8 rating from 12 votes

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Ajax articles in languages that are not English

Category: Articles

Ajax is truly a worldwide phenomenon, so here is a collection of links in languages that I can’t read. Since I can’t provide commentary, I’ll just link to them with some offhand remarks: Three German articles: one at, one that probably has “next generation” in the title: Ajax: die nächste Generation der Web-Anwendungen, and Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:42 pm

3.7 rating from 9 votes

Ajaxian Commons Abstract Logging: Commons-Logging for JavaScript

Category: Fun, JavaScript, Library

We recently mentioned a log4js logging toolkit on the site. There is another version of this at And, others quickly mentioned their favorite logging engine for JavaScript (e.g. Safari lets you talk to the console via an api). Enter: ACAL The Ajaxian team has seen this kind of thing before, on the Java side. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:33 pm

3.6 rating from 8 votes

Java Studio Creator Screencast

Category: Java, Screencast

Sun has created a flash screencast that aims to show off Java Studio Creator. Java Studio Creator is a JavaServer Faces-based IDE, that happens to contain a bunch of Ajax components that you can use. This means that you can do some drag and drop Ajax development. The screencast has the following sections: Introduction Production Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:34 am

3.4 rating from 9 votes

Saturday, November 19th, 2005 1.5 RC5

Category: Library, Prototype

Why are you covering an RC5 build?, I hear you ask. Well, because Thomas (and a growing team) tends to put cool features into every build :) The latest build does more than fix a few bugs here and there, before we get to 1.5 final. It also adds: Update lib/prototype.js to Prototype 1.4.0_rc3 Support Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:20 pm

3 rating from 7 votes

JS/UIX: You wanted a JavaScript OS

Category: Fun, JavaScript

I know it. You were sitting there on the weekend thinking that you wish you had a JavaScript OS to play with. You are in luck, as it exists :) JS/UIX JS/UIX is an UN*X-like OS for standard web-browsers, written entirely in JavaScript (no plug-ins used). It comprises a vir- tual machine, shell, virtual file-system, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:54 am

3.2 rating from 10 votes

Friday, November 18th, 2005

MochiKit 1.1 Released, including Screencast

Category: JavaScript, Library, Screencast, Toolkit

MochiKit, a lightweight JavaScript library, has a new 1.1 release. As well as the typical myriad of bug fixes, the new features are: MochiKit.DOM.currentWindow and currentDocument allow you to change the global window and/or document object used by all MochiKit.DOM functions, which allows you to use mock DOM objects (great for testing), deal in a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:18 pm
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3.8 rating from 9 votes

Ajax Dialog Windows

Category: UI, Usability

Luke Wroblewski, a usability guy, has written about Ajax Dialog Windows. He analyzes the new world of poping up dialog windows, rather than having to send people to new pages for those tasks. This technique makes perfect sense when: You only need to capture a little content You don’t want to end up on a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:08 am

3.7 rating from 63 votes

llor: simple ajaxian rails game

Category: Games, Ruby

Friday fun is here. has a fun simple game written using Rails, that feels like a board game (e.g. monopoly). Check out for some time wasting

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:00 am

3.2 rating from 13 votes