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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Showcase: Netflix using more and more Ajax

Category: Showcase

Netflix has a nice clean web UI. Now, they are using some Ajax, with more and more usage coming all the time.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:47 am
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3.3 rating from 15 votes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Messaging with Ajax and ActiveMQ

Category: Ajax, Java, Server

There is more afoot with messaging and Ajax. ActiveMQ is an open source MOM, and it now has support for Ajax. Ajax support in ActiveMQ builds on top of the REST connector for ActiveMQ which allows any web capable device to send or receive messages over JMS. Client side view On the client the web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:02 am
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3.2 rating from 9 votes

Ajaxifying the Address Bar Interface

Category: Ajax

A lot of people are finding that the browser address bar is the new command line. Some people embed an address bar in their start menu, which means it is always there. Michael Mahemoff talks about taking this to the next level, and Ajaxifying the Address Bar Interface. Personally, I would love a QuickSilver-esque system.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am

3.5 rating from 16 votes

Example: Spell Check

Category: Ajax, Examples

Garrison Locke has put up an Ajax Spell Checker. This is another good use of client/server. You wouldn’t want to download an entire data dictionary down to the client, and now you don’t have too :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:32 am
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3.3 rating from 9 votes

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Ajax Slashdotted Again

Category: Ajax, JavaScript

Good ole /. has another posting claiming that the AJAX Buzzword Reinvigorates Javascript. Typically, the usual suspects are on the thread jumping up and down :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:35 pm
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3.5 rating from 2 votes

JavaScript Threading and Continuations

Category: JavaScript

Coming from a world such as Java, developers sometimes wish they had rich threading constructs. The f(m) project has gone ahead and implemented a threading construct / library for you to use. Threading is a double edged sword though. It is very easy to shoot yourself in the foot, and it brings in a lot Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:42 pm

3.4 rating from 37 votes

Dean Edwards’ IE7

Category: IE, JavaScript

Dean Edwards wishes that IE had decent CSS support, like us all. He went out and created a package called IE7, which tries to fix the box model, add XMLHttpRequest and DOMParser nicely, etc etc. The IE7 XML Extras is modelled on the Mozilla extras. Thanks Dean!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:50 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Ajax Usability Mistakes

Category: Ajax, Usability

Alex Bosworth has written up 10 usability mistakes that he thinks Ajax developers make. Fortunately, these are not intrinsic to the Ajax platform so we can work around them. Not giving immediate visual cues for clicking widgets:There are many patterns emerging here, such as showing the Firefox/Apple spinning wheel next to widgets, when work is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:43 am

3.5 rating from 15 votes

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Google Maps Platform:

Category: Ajax

The Google Maps platform keeps soldering on. The latest cool innovative hack is It manages to munge and plot crime data onto maps. Here is an example. Nice work.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:12 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Showcase: Lace – Ajaxian Chat Service

Category: Ajax, Chat, Showcase

Chat clients often seem to be sample applications of new technology on the web. Ajax has had its share, and now there is Lace: a free Ajax experiment that implements a chat service. Lace is a free web communications experiment written in PHP, Javascript, XHTML and CSS. Lace takes advantage of XMLHttpRequest if it is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:49 am

3.7 rating from 14 votes

Server to Client callback via mod_pubsub

Category: JavaScript

A common issue that we have to work around, is when we would love to have the server-side of an application, call back into the client-side (browser). Obvious examples are real-time updates of data. We can of course use polling methods, and Ajax can come in to help with the polling, however this can be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:45 am

3.4 rating from 7 votes

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Oracle ADF Faces gets Ajaxian, er Partial Page Rendering

Category: Component, Java

Oracle ADF components for JavaServer Faces, and its predecessor has been doing the Ajax thing for awhile (although the verbiage was: Partial Page Rendering). Steve Muench has a tutorial which details Building J2EE Applications with Oracle JHeadstart for ADF. More Ajaxian work from the Java folks.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:07 pm

3 rating from 5 votes

JavaServer Faces Ajaxian Components

Category: Ajax, Java

Ever since Ben and I met with Ed Burns (JSF spec lead) at TheServerSide Symposium, we knew that he was serious about implementing Ajaxian components and having JSF be a solid platform for Ajax. He has put together his first Ajaxian JSF component, which is a Progress Bar indicator. You use it via: <d:progressBar id=”progressBar” Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:39 pm

3 rating from 6 votes

Thoughts on Rich Clients and Ajax

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Flying back home in style (err, Southwest Airlines) after the recent Ajax Summit, I considered the “rich client” versus web app debate. With the emergence of Ajax, its gotten harder to choose between the two. After seeing what folks are doing with Ajax at the summit, its gotten *really* harder. Sure, those doing crazy wild Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:33 am

3 rating from 5 votes

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

XHR Server Validation with DWR

Category: Java

Joe Walker, creator of DWR, has put up info on Ajax Validation with DWR. You can look at demo page, and a view source shows you how easy it is to add the JS: HTML Credit Card #: <input id=”cardnum” type=”text” onchange=”checkCardNum()”/> <span id=”cardnum-error” class=”error”></span> JavaScript <script type=’text/javascript’ src=’/dwr/dwr/interface/CreditCardValidator.js’></script> <script type=’text/javascript’ src=’/dwr/dwr/engine.js’></script> <script type=’text/javascript’ src=’/dwr/dwr/util.js’></script> Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:32 pm
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3.1 rating from 7 votes

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Category: Ajax

Announcing a wiki on Ajax Patterns: This is an in-progress collection of AJAX patterns being collected and discovered by Michael Mahemoff, building on an initial draft published on my blog about two weeks ago. The patterns consist of: Architectural Patterns: auto-page refresh, unique URLs on events, predictive fetch, and client site cache Display Patterns: Age Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:01 pm
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2.8 rating from 6 votes