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Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Ajax Pages: Scripting Engine for JavaScript

Category: Google, Library

Ajax Pages is a scripting template engine that enables rapid development of Ajax Web-based Applications, just like GMail, Google Maps, A9 and Backpack, but without having to manipulate complicated Document Object Models to make things dynamic. If you check out the 5 minute tutorial, you will see that you create .ajp files which have JSP/ASP/PHP Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:33 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Because We’re Not Yet Bored of Google Maps Stuff…

Category: Library, Mapping

Brennan Stehling has created a simple, cross-browser abstraction on top of the Google Maps API called GPlotter that lets you define your map markers in an XML file and have them plotted at run-time on a Google Maps window. Neat.

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:18 pm
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4.5 rating from 6 votes

Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla

Category: Articles, RichTextWidget

Doron Rosenberg has written an interesting article on How to make Internet Explorer-specific Web applications work in Mozilla-based browsers. He dives into general cross browser tips first, such as the usual suspects (document.all vs. document.layer vs. document.getElementById). Doron then delves into other differences such as: HTML Entities Dreaded DOM JavaScript differences CSS differences Quirks versus Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:45 pm
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4.2 rating from 11 votes

Ajax Deep Linking

Category: Editorial

Jon Udell has spoken about MSN Virtual Earth, Google Maps, and AJAX deep linking. We talked about some of these points in an earlier editorial piece: Making sure that crawlers like Google can grok your Ajaxian apps. Neither Google Maps nor MSN Virtual Earth records the state of a particular map view on the browser’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:22 pm
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4.3 rating from 6 votes

Ajax Shopping Cart: Progressive Enhancement

Category: Accessibility, Showcase

Over at Adactio they are trying to practice what they preach. They have released an Ajaxian Shopping Cart which uses progressive enhancement. Basically, fancy words to say that it still works if you aren’t able to do the JavaScript wonder, and doesn’t make screen readers cry (etc etc). It’s also an example of the kind Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:38 am
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4.2 rating from 96 votes

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

JavaScript Archive Network: The CPAN for JS

Category: Editorial, Perl

One of the great gems of Perl is CPAN. Rael noticed that some Perl hackers are jumping into some JavaScript code, and built JSAN, a place to find comprehensive information on JavaScript libraries. As Rael says… The most interesting find in the archive thus far has to be JSAN library itself, allowing scripters to import Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:49 am
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4.5 rating from 12 votes

MochiKit JavaScript Library

Category: Library

Some pythonistas set their sites on “making JavaScript suck less” as they put it. They created the JavaScript library MochiKit. MochiKit consists of: Async – manage asynchronous tasks Base – functional programming and useful comparisons DOM – painless DOM manipulation API DateTime – “what time is it anyway?” Format – string formatting goes here Iter Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:38 am
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3 rating from 2 votes

HTML Form Element: Radio Select – Combining Radio Button and Select items

Category: Examples

HTML came out with nice form elements such as radio buttons, select boxes etc… but it also missed a few. I knew that I wanted a drop down list that also let me just type in something as “other”. Now we kinda get that with the LiveSearch Ajaxian components. Lucas Jellema has taken another stab Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:57 am
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3.5 rating from 53 votes

Prototype based LiveGrid

Category: Library, Prototype

Alley fell in love with Rico LiveGrid when he saw it and wanted to implement it on his site. As he started on this task he items in which he wanted to change, so he has created a new prototype version: No support for the mousewheel Your html-output needs to be serialized (ie. use <a> Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:36 am
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3.6 rating from 9 votes

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Konfabulator 2.1: Ajax additions

Category: Utility

Konfabulator has been purchased by Yahoo!, and the platform is to be known as Yahoo! Widgets. What is Konfabulator? Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:42 am
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4 rating from 6 votes

New Zealand YAGM

Category: Mapping, Showcase

We have YAGM (Yet Another Google Maps). This time around the mapping area that is catered for is the Kiwis. If you move around the map faster than it can draw you oan even get peaks at the Loading… screen again! New Zealand Guide Update: You have also probably seen that Microsoft has announced MSN Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:28 am
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3.7 rating from 7 votes

Ajax going mainstream in The Guardian

Category: Editorial

The Guardian is a great UK newspaper, and it was interesting to see them write a dedicated report on Ajax, what it is, and the state of the onion. Ajax is set to dramatically change the way we work with web applications. Even without a fancy interface everyone can see the advantages: no more back Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:10 am
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4.3 rating from 3 votes

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Ajaxian Phone Book

Category: Showcase

Pablo Impallari has created an Ajaxian Phonebook demo that uses XHConn as its Ajax framework. The phone book allows you to easily add and search the phone book within the same application.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:24 am
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4.7 rating from 7 votes

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Ajax May Undermine Web Advertising, Analytics Models

Category: Editorial

The marketing/ad folk are getting worried again in: Ajax May Undermine Web Advertising, Analytics Models. Sure the web “page” may change a little. This doesn’t mean that you can’t advertise anymore though! You can tie into events and change ads based on inner page changing hooks. And, hopefully we won’t see sets of pages all Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:02 am
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2.9 rating from 16 votes

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Digg Auto Refresh

Category: Showcase

Digg has an ajaxian new page that auto refreshes, and uses the Fade Anything Technique to show you which entries are new… although the fade is too bloody fast. It would better to show different backgrounds to tell what got loaded each time. It would also be nice to have a standard refresh timeout that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:54 pm
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3.6 rating from 18 votes

Faster DHTML in 12 Steps

Category: Articles

MSDN has recurrected an old favourite, Faster DHTML in 12 Steps. The article talks about: Batch Your DHTML Changes Talk to Your innerText Use the DOM to Add Individual Elements Expand Your Options in a SELECT Element Use the DOM to Update Tables Write Once, Use Many Times Don’t Be Too Dynamic with Your Properties Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:30 am
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3 rating from 7 votes