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Friday, November 18th, 2005

A Cold Fusion of Ajax

Category: Articles, ColdFusion

Rob Gonda has written a series of Ajax articles in the ColdFusion Developer Journal. He starts at the beginning, with So what is AJAX? and by the end of the article you’ll be able to set up AJAX, a ColdFusion model, make basic calls, and exchange simple data. As the applications grow and become more Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:51 am

3.8 rating from 33 votes

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

W3C Creates Web APIs Working Group

Category: Editorial

The W3C is kicking into gear and trying to create standards around the de-facto standards of items such as XMLHttpRequest. They have created a new Web APIs Working Group, that mirrors a lot of the WhatWG, with the mission of: The mission of the W3C Web API Working Group is to develop specifications that enable Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:18 pm
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3 rating from 6 votes

ASP.Net Atlas demo app and movie

Category: .NET, Examples, Presentation, Screencast

Atlas is Microsoft’s big push into the Ajax space for the .NET platform (read our past posts or read Scott Guthrie’s “Atlas Unleashed” for more info). Well, XML for ASP posted the strangely named “Using Atlas to View Customers”. It has sample code and a video presentation of a demo app using Atlas to retrieve Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 8:44 am

3.7 rating from 42 votes

Graceful Degredation with Prototype, Scriptaculous and Ruby on Rails

Category: Accessibility, JavaScript, Prototype, Ruby

Encytemedia has a series of articles discussing graceful degradation with Ajax and how to handle the issues with Rails, Prototype, and Scriptaculous. Part one deals with the problem of degrading when the user has Javascript disabled, and illustrates with a couple simple examples. Part two looks at some possible solutions using Behaviour and the author’s Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 3:21 am
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3.5 rating from 19 votes

What I want from Flash.Next

Category: Editorial, Flash

Jonathan Boutelle has written Flash: what is it good for?, and many people have options on Ajax, Flash, Ajax with Flash, and more. There are a few things that I would love to see improved in Flash, to make me like it more: Integrate with my browsers saved fields. When I go to a site Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:26 am

3.1 rating from 8 votes

Issues when working with Ajax

Category: Articles, Editorial

Mercury Tide has written a mini-paper on Issues when working with Ajax. They cover basic items to do with working with XMLHttpRequest, focusing on cross-browser issues. Getting the XMLHttpRequest Object They start with how to get the object itself: function getNewXMLHttpRequest() { var obj; try { // For Internet Explorer. obj = new ActiveXObject(‘Microsoft.XMLHTTP’); } Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:12 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Is Ajax gonna kill the web frameworks?

Category: Editorial

James Strachan has written some flame bait with Is Ajax gonna kill the web frameworks? :) His contention is that: The Java eco system has zillions of web frameworks from JSF, Tapestry, Struts, WebWork, Spring WebFlow to things like JSP/JSTL/Velocity etc. There’s probably a new web framework born every day in Java some place. However Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:49 pm

3 rating from 5 votes

Meatball wiki adds asynchronous updates to recent changes

Category: Examples

The Meatball wiki has added ajax functionality to its RecentChanges page and the history view of diffs for a page. You can read the reasoning and some implementaton details for this at the AsynchronousAutorefresh page on Meatball: Therefore, add asynchronous auto-refreshing to RecentChanges for those browsers that support it. Highlight new information, both graphically and Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 1:53 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Audible Ajax Episode 7: Joe Walker Interview

Category: Podcasts

We had the pleasure of interviewing Joe Walker of the Direct Web Remoting (DWR) project. Show Notes Introducing Joe and DWR How does DWR work? How does DWR differ from JSON-RPC? How can you get access to Java classes? What are your thoughts on issues using Ajax? What are some of the issues with the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:48 am
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3.6 rating from 10 votes

Mobile Ajax:Opera Platform SDK

Category: Browsers, Mobile

Arve Bersvendsen has been working away in silence for the last few months at Opera. His team has been working on Opera Platform: Opera Software released a beta version of Opera Platform SDK, a software development kit for developing and running Web applications on mobile phones. With Opera Platform SDK, developers can rapidly develop Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:44 am

3.6 rating from 7 votes

log4js: Logging in JavaScript

Category: Library

Stephan Strittmatter has written about adopting Log4J in JavaScript, and came up with log4js. There are already three appenders to get the output of logging: Write out the logs to a additional popup window in browser with WindowAppender. I was also inspired by Dan Allen Logging via Meta and added an appender using his idea Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:43 am

3 rating from 5 votes

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 Tagrolls

Category: Examples

One of the meme’s of Web 2.0 seems to be the tag rolls that you see on sites like They give you the instant cue to “what is hot” on the site, in a fun way. just gave us a way to add these tagrolls to our sites, and what is fun about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:23 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Measure Map: Statistics for Bloggers

Category: Showcase

It seems quite apt to post about Measure Map the day after Urchin got re-released as Google Analytics. Adaptive Path (I think you have heard of them ;) saw that the web statistics out there were focused on the world of pages, and that bloggers wanted to think of a world in posts, comments, links Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:49 am

3.3 rating from 6 votes

Ajax Activity indicators with Rails

Category: Examples, Ruby

One of the definite patterns in Ajax is the activity indicator, the tool that we use to let a user know that we are talking back to the server, at that point. Thomas Fuchs of has written up how to simply do this in a Rails-based application: Create an element on the page that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:23 am

3.9 rating from 31 votes

Cross browser screenshots from

Category: Accessibility, Toolkit, UI, Usability

Are you tired of wondering if your finely crafted interface will look correct in Safarai or the latest Konqueror on Linux? If so, check out browsershots. Just enter the URL you want screenshots for and it gets added to the queue. Check back (the delay is around a 12 hours lately) and you’re screenshots will Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:08 am

4.1 rating from 14 votes

Monday, November 14th, 2005

A-Tree: Amazon Catalog in a dynamic tree component

Category: Component, Examples, JavaScript

Veerendra Shivhare has made an interesting “live tree” view of Amazon’s entire product catalog. He expanded upon the JSCookTree component so that each level of the tree retrieves Amazon product data in the background. Its an interesting way to view Amazon’s catalog, and illustrates what you can do by extending a plain javascript component with Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 3:14 pm

3.1 rating from 13 votes