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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Open Web Podcast – Episode 5: Ryan Stewart of Adobe

Category: Adobe, OpenWebPodcast

Ryan Stewart of Adobe joined us for episode 5 of the Open Web Podcast. We really want to be pragmatic Open Web citizens, so thought it would be good to hear from Ryan and get his point of view on what Adobe, and he, are thinking with respect to the Web as a-whole. You can Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:45 am
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3.6 rating from 18 votes

Runtime Page Optimizer: Fix performance on the fly

Category: Performance

Steve Souders posted on Runtime Page Optimizer a tool that you can think of as a performance proxy. It sits on the server side, and cleans up content before it is sent back to the browser. What can it do? Steve let us know: RPO automatically implements many of the best practices from my book Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am

4 rating from 26 votes

Bacon – a sizzling new YUI utility

Beware of what you ask for. After Stephen Woods asked on Twitter why there are just no Bacon utilities in the browser Dav Glass of the YUI team went right to it and created YUI Bacon. YUI bacon is now the only JS solution to fry any HTML element with a few lines of code: Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 6:36 am

2.8 rating from 41 votes

Dojo 1.2: Squeezing it into 5.5kb

Category: Dojo

James Burke gave a great presentation in Boston on the Dojo build system, and how he is able to get the core down to 5.5k. With Dojo 1.2, the build system can generate a 5.5KB gzipped (13KB ungzipped) dojo.js file, via the customBase layer option. Useful for iPhone development if you want to get under Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:17 am
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3.9 rating from 31 votes

MozAfterPaint: Being able to get a callback event on repaint

Category: Firefox, Mozilla

John Resig put together a nice usage of MozAfterPaint, the new Firefox event that will call back letting you know when a repaint operation has happened: The event object contains two properties: .clientRects and .boundingClientRect, both of which refer to the result of the associated DOM methods. In a nutshell, boundingClientRect gives you a single Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:02 am

2.9 rating from 14 votes

Sensei: A beautiful Dojo application

Category: Dojo, Showcase

I have seen some of the great applications that SitePen produces, but unfortunately too many of them are for companies behind the firewalls. It is great to see Sensei a really compelling Dojo application that SitePen wrote for their training class. This isn’t one of those simple training examples that you normally get though. This Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:24 am

3.9 rating from 32 votes

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Ajaxians join Mozilla; Creating a Developer Tools Group

Category: Announcements, Announcements, Mozilla

Today, we are really excited to be able to announce a big personal change. Ben and I are joining forces, full time, for the first time. What are we doing? We are joining Mozilla to create a new group with the charter to create developer tools for the Open Web. Mozilla is placing a big Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:15 pm

4.7 rating from 80 votes

Tying great visualizations to Ext charts and maps

Category: Sencha

Aaron Conran has developed a nice Ext extension to tie that world to the Google Visualization API: Working with different API’s can present hurdles as we attempt to massage the same data in two different data structures – one for a grid and another for a pie chart. To address this specific challenge, I developed Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am
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3.5 rating from 212 votes

The bane and choice of Rich Text Editors

Category: RichTextWidget

Whenever Abe Fettig is in town I think about how painful his live has been working with rich text editors :) Stuart Atkinson has kindly done a roundup of the state of rich text editors, and it covers: TinyMCE: There’s a modified version of this included in WordPress these days, and it’s extremely well supported Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:49 am

3.1 rating from 67 votes

Ruby on jQuery and Closures

Category: jQuery, JSON

Sam Ruby has that way about him that sees things very clearly. He just took a peak at jQuery for the first time and was able to really put into words what I think jQuery enthusiasts like about the library: The notable thing about this is that despite all of the asynchronous events taking place, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:40 am
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2.3 rating from 32 votes

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

This Week in HTML 5: Web Forms 2, Search, and more

Category: HTML

In Mark’s eighth roundup of HTML 5 land, he delves into the merging of Web Forms 2, which gives us fun things like: input type=”email” input type=”url” inpu type=”number” input type=”range” input type=”date” input type=”time” input type=”datetime” input type=”week” input type=”month” Then Mark discusses input type=”search”: Andy Lyttle wants to standardize one particular feature of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:43 am

3.5 rating from 19 votes

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Maintainable JavaScript videos are now available.

One month ago, the Fronteers conference in Amsterdam featured several “deep dive” talks on various web development topics. Stuart Langridge for example explained in detail what closures are and I talked about Maintainable JavaScript. The slides of my talk have been available for quite a while now and now Bachelor ICT have released the videos Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 7:13 pm

2.2 rating from 298 votes

Reinhardt: a Client-side Dispatch Framework

Category: Dojo

Kevin Dangoor of SitePen has introduced Reinhardt a dispatch engine on the client side: A typical server-side web framework today includes three main components: a URL dispatching to some controller object scheme, a template engine, and a data mapping facility. Currently in Dojo, you’ll find that the latter two items already exist. dojox.dtl provides the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:32 am
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3.7 rating from 32 votes

IE8 and Standards

Category: Browsers, IE

Anne van Kesteren of Opera Software has updated his post on IE 8 to cover beta 2: XDomainRequest: Microsoft unfortunately continues with XDomainRequest rather than making changes to XMLHttpRequest as other browsers are doing and as is being standardized by the W3C Web Apps Working Group. (Disclaimer: I am the editor of XMLHttpRequest Level 2.) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am

2.4 rating from 35 votes

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

An Interesting Twist on a Pastebin

Category: JavaScript, jQuery

Pastebins have become an important part of sharing code with colleagues. Sites such as Pastebin & are extremely popular because they’re easy to use and very effective in letting people compare notes on source code, especially in a support setting. Remy Sharp wanted to take the pastebin concept a step further, past the static Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:52 am

3.7 rating from 24 votes

Chofter: search mashup using all things Dojo

Category: Dojo, Showcase

Shane O’Sullivan has built a nice search mashup experience called Chofter. It uses all things Dojo, including: Layouts, Dialogs, Menus and ContentPanes for the user interface. and dojo.rpc for data transfer. dojox.dtl (Django Templating Library) for transforming search data into visuals. dojo.fx and FisheyeLite for eye candy

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:50 am
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3.3 rating from 30 votes