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Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Aristo and Ace; Good looking and open?

Category: Library

We have talked about Aristo, the creative commons look and feel from 280 North and Sofa, quite a few times. Allen Pike has posted a comparison of Aristo with the new Ace look and feel that SproutCore recently added. It is great to see great looking stuff coming from these open source JavaScript libraries!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:47 am

4 rating from 30 votes

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

TestSwarm: Crowdsource your continuous tests for JavaScript

Category: JavaScript, Testing

It has been a pleasure to watch John build TestSwarm and see its alpha release today. It is an ambitious project to help developers get real world testing across browsers. Here you can see it all at work: John talks about some of the fun challenges: TestSwarm ended up being a very challenging project to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:01 pm

4.3 rating from 35 votes

Canvas via Silverlight again

Category: Canvas

The infamous excanvas has had a Silverlight bridge for some time. It is faster, yet has some artifacts and most people stick with good ole VML. David Anson has put his hat in the ring by creating a new prototype canvas implementation in Silverlight. Thanks to Silverlight’s HTML Bridge, I had no trouble creating a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:18 am

3.4 rating from 29 votes

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Be your company MVP with GWT!

Category: Articles, GWT

Sorry about the cheesy title, I couldn’t resist. In one of those moods I guess. Chris Lowe has posted a detailed example of a new-age GWT application that uses lots of cool tech based on Ray Ryans talk on

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:14 am

2.7 rating from 45 votes

Monday, August 24th, 2009

$100 off The Ajax Experience expires Friday

Category: Ajax, Announcements, Conferences, The Ajax Experience

This Friday, August 28 marks the $100 off early-bird deadline for The Ajax Experience conference, September 14-16 in Boston, MA. Friday is your last chance to save $100 off the registration fee. Visit the conference site to register now! Below is the latest agenda at-a-glance with over 40 essential sessions, case studies, interactive panels and insightful Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 6:19 pm

3.4 rating from 82 votes

SVG Open 2009: SVG Coming of Age

Category: Announcements, SVG

The final registration for the SVG Open 2009 conference is coming up the end of this month! Scalable Vector Graphics, or SVG, is an open, browser-based standard that makes it easy to create interactive web graphics. SVG is great as it’s part of the HTML 5 family of technologies while being search engine friendly; easy Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:30 am

3.3 rating from 27 votes

Cross domain iframe communication without location polling

Category: Ajax

Piers Lawson has come up with an interesting new technique for cross domain communication using an iframe and not having to poll the location for a #hashchange: Most articles on using the URL Fragment technique advocate the target iFrame polling its Location to detect changes in the fragment… perhaps checking 5 times a second. Julien Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:30 am

4.3 rating from 54 votes

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

CSS 3 Flexible Box Model

Category: CSS

Alex Russell has been having a really interesting discussion with some standards folks about what is wrong on the Web right now, and it narrowed down to discuss CSS variables as a case study (it aint perfect, but get DRY and ship it!) Alex tells it how it is, but people forget that he does Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:22 am

4 rating from 29 votes

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Crazy sexy Firefox multitouch demo

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Felipe Gomes has extended multitouch support in Firefox to reach into content space (i.e. us Web devs can use it!). Checking out the sexy demos in the video above will make you pine for the day (not long!) where all laptop screens support touch (my son thinks they are already ;) We have three new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:59 pm

4.4 rating from 33 votes

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Taking JavaScript “all the way” with MVC

Category: JavaScript

Peter Michaux posted about going all the way with a full client-server app view that looks like: < View plain text > HTML < !DOCTYPE html> <html> <head>   <title>The App</title> </head> <body>   <script src="/static/js/the-app/bootstrap.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </body> </html> Joel Webber then showed what the GWT Showcase example could look like (a touch different): < Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:33 am

3.1 rating from 34 votes

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

jXHR: XHR API, JSON-P backend conduit

Category: Ajax

The Mullet: Business up front, party in the rear Kyle has take the XHR API that we all know and…. wrap…. and married it with a JSON-P transport to make jXHR. He tells us more: I’ve put out a very simple little project called jXHR which does cross-domain Ajax via JSON-P calls (meaning, totally javascript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am

4.8 rating from 70 votes

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Details on JS compression; Squeezing every last byte on the wire

Category: JavaScript

Ray Cromwell has a great article on techniques he has used with JavaScript compression to bring down the payload of your Ajax application. There are some fantastic advantages to JavaScript being “binary as source” but there is also a real issue with it. We have to make a trade-off on verbose code…. even with minifiers Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:10 am

4.3 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

CSS improvements, speed, and more with Firefox 3.6 alpha

Category: Browsers, CSS, Mozilla

Firefox 3.6 alpha releases have already arrived and there are already cool new features on the heals of the 3.5 release, as well as rapid speed improvements. People have focused on the new CSS improvements (Acid3 now gets 94/100) such as the tweaked CSS gradient support: < View plain text > css .heading {   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am

4.3 rating from 36 votes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

punypng: crushing your images even more

Category: Performance, Utility

Conrad Chu, Design Director at, thought he needed an image compression tool better suited for designers and front-end developers (compared to and scratched the itch with punypng. punypng is serious about image compression — it handles 8-bit PNGs, 24-bit PNGs, JPEGs, GIFs and animated GIFs. It also leverages dirty transparency techniques to further Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:19 am

4.5 rating from 42 votes

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Social coding step one; Collaboration support in Bespin launched

Category: Bespin

This content re-posted from my personal blog. You can choose to follow the Bespin team on Twitter: @dalmaer (Dion Almaer, early look at Ajaxian posts), @bgalbs (Ben Galbraith), @dangoor (Kevin Dangoor), @joewalker (Joe Walker) and @bespin itself. Bob in Boston: “Hey Harris, can you help me on a bit of code?” Harry in Hamstead: “Sure Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:34 am

4 rating from 35 votes

Fontplore: A crazy table UI to check out fonts

Category: Fun

Christian Hertlein and Marcus Paeschke spent their summer creating Fontplore an experiment that allows you to explore the world of fonts using an interactive table and some funky objects to represent navigation and actions. The application running on the table is written in Java (using the NetBeans IDE) and based on the Processing framework. We Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am

3.4 rating from 26 votes