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Thursday, August 11th, 2005

Script.aculo.us Ghost Train: Functional Testing

Category: Utility

The script.aculo.us guys are devloping more and more cool things all the time. They created a web application functional test engine, with automatic recording called Ghost Train. Turn the puppy on (Firefox only), lets it rip, and see your script come to life.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:45 am
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ClearNova: Ajax Examples

Category: Examples, Google

ClearNova has some nice ajaxian examples: Ping: Ping sends the current date to the server. Basic AJAX functionality. See server console for date. Track Changes: As each field changes, the change is sent to the server. If all is well, the word OK shows up next to the field along with the text sent to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:23 am
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Hotmail Kahuna: Start.com for mail

Category: Showcase

It appears that the rogue start.com group at Microsoft is at it with mail. According to some, Kahuna, the next generation hotmail, has just gone internal beta1. Using AJAX to suppress page reload Emulatiing outlook a lot Mail will support chinese characters. But Folder list doesn’t. Contacts will represent all my msn messenger contacts. Progressing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:10 am
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ESPN Using Ajaxian Preview

Category: Showcase

The ESPN new headlines are using Ajaxian callbacks to get previews of the news when you mouseover the headline. The previews are pretty tiny, so does this make sense versus having that data sent back with the main page?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:03 am
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AjaxTags 1.0 Released

Category: Java, Toolkit

The AJAX Tag Library is a set of JSP tags that simplify the use of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) technology in JavaServer Pages. AJAX is primarily rooted in JavaScript. However, many server-side developers do not have an extensive knowledge of client-side programming in the browser. It’s much easier in some cases for J2EE developers, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:52 am
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

FUD: Using the XMLHttpRequest Object and AJAX to Spy On You

Category: Editorial

It looks like the FUD fest has started wrt Ajax. Devx has an article called Using the XMLHttpRequest Object and AJAX to Spy On You. The example that he uses is having a game which sends back what you are doing. Like this couldn’t be done with Flash? iframes couldn’t be used to do this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:53 am
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Backbase reviewed by Infoworld

Category: Articles

Infoworld has completed a review on Backbase. Snippet For instance, a Backbase Web page includes a link tag that starts off with an ‘a’ like a standard link, but it includes unfamiliar attributes such as b:action=’load’ or b:url=’window-01.xml’ or b:mode=’aslastchild.’ These are parsed by the Backbase libraries and interpreted by them. Many of the tags Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:22 am
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FeedDigest Effects

Category: Showcase, Usability

FeedDigest is using the scriptaculous effects throughout the site. For example, if you add a feed you will see the following comment bar spring to live at the top: After flashing, it settles down for a bit, and then dissapears entirely. Although this is “cool” it has me wondering whether this is actually a good Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:07 am
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Ajax Toolbox

Category: Toolkit

Ajax Toolbox has released another wrapper on top of XHR that encapsulates the details allowing you to just: AjaxRequest.get({‘onSuccess’:function(req){ document.forms[0].pageSource.value = req.responseText; } }); You can view the source And, there is a JavaScript Toolbox too.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:34 am
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Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

View Post-rendered Source

Category: Firefox, Utility

Michael Moncur found the View Formatted Source Mozilla extension. He hit the nail on the head with respect to its usefulness. Having color-coded HTML is fine and all, but the interesting piece is that the source that is shown isn’t just what was downloaded from the server, but represents the current work, post script: I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:06 pm
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JavaScript Gotcha

Category: JavaScript

Keith ran into one of the classic JavaScript Gotchas wrt closures and sharing function objects resulting from: Browser independant code *may not* rely on obtaining a different, unjoined function object for *any* function declared inside another function, whether this be because of function declaration or expression within a loop, across calls to the containing function, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:54 am
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Monday, August 8th, 2005

Will Ajax Threaten Windows Desktop?

Category: Editorial, Google

We know our tech is hyped when the question asked is Will Ajax Threaten Windows Desktop?. The Slashdot-ians have spoken everything that probably needs to be said there. Ajax is great, but I don’t think it will be the deployment platform for every rich application that exists. There IS Google Maps and Google Earth.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:38 pm
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PalmSphere: Marking Favorites with Ajax

Category: Showcase

The PalmSphere website has a couple of bits of Ajax going on. Next to the articles on the site are glass balls. If you click on one it auto-marks it as your favourite, and your favourites list changes.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:11 am
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script.aculo.us documentation here we come

Category: Prototype, Toolkit

script.aculo.us has just launched a Wiki which will document its efforts, and will also end up documenting some of Prototype (by the nature of s.a.u running on top of Prototype).

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:09 am
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Ajaxian Div Expansion in Drupal

Category: Examples

This recent drupal demo shows the example of having a small summary div, and then expanding it via a server-side request to get the full monty. It also shows backwards compatibiliy via the URLs that are used (i.e. you can hit the nodes URL to get the full page too) See the demo

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:57 am
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LiveJournal Ajaxian Image Script

Category: Showcase

Michael Bommarito has created an AJAX-powered script to display the latest images from LiveJournal posts. It periodically updates, intelligently transferring only those images new for the specific client, and provides an interface to start, stop, and clear updates. Furthermore, the script directly interfaces with the LJ XML-RPC server to allow direct posting of images with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:52 am
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