Ajax, short for asynchronous JavaScript and XML, allows websites to retrieve data from the server asynchronously behind the scenes, without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page. Check out Ajax news, tips and tutorials here.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Using CNAMES to get around browser connection limits

Category: Ajax, Articles

Ryan Breen has written up a detailed post on Circumventing browser connection limits for fun and profit in which he discusses the old-fashion limits of 2 connections per HTTP/1.1 per host, and the benefit you get from a simple CNAME hack. The average load time when using 2 connections is 7.919 seconds. The average load Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:11 am

4.1 rating from 61 votes

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Ajax Cookbook: Helpful JavaScript tips

Category: Ajax, Articles

Bret Taylor is the guy who is responsible for the first Google Maps. He obvi0usly has a lot of experience, and has recently been on fire with a new blog called the Ajax Cookbook. The blog focuses on small useful JavaScript snippets that do not assume a particular JavaScript/Ajax library, so they can be generally Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:32 am

3.8 rating from 282 votes

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

symfony 1.0 beta released

Category: Ajax, Framework, PHP

symfony, the popular PHP Ajax framework, has released a beta of their 1.0 framework. New Features in 1.0 Easier installation and larger compatibility. Symfony is now compatible with magic_quotes_gpc set to on and PHP 5.2. Pake and phing are now bundled with the core classes, so symfony has no more external dependency. It is very Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:54 pm

3.9 rating from 60 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Back Button Support: Safari and Speed

Category: Ajax, JavaScript, Library

Daniel Kantor has implemented a Back button solution in Streampad and has shared it with us. One of the main gripes against AJAX webapps is how they break the back button in a typical browser. There have been a few solutions (notably Brad Neuberg’s Really Simple History) but none have got it working in Safari. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am

3.8 rating from 59 votes

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

DOM events in the Microsoft Ajax Library formerly known as Atlas

Category: .NET, Ajax

Evil Microsoft. The client-side DOM event model in Atlas (ASP.NET Ajax Extensions) was the IE model. Atlas implemented this model for the other browsers to make it work, and many didn’t like this. This has now all changed and a new API is in town. The new model for DOM events is thus introducing a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:52 am

3.5 rating from 46 votes

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

SSLBridge: Ajax Samba Client

Category: Ajax, Showcase, Utility

Jim Kern has created SSLBridge, an Ajax enabled Samba Web GUI, and has released it using the GPL open source license. SSLBridge features: Authenticates using your existing user name and password against MS Active Directory using Samba. All permissions that apply at office are also applied through SSLBridge. Can download files from computers, just like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:31 am

4.2 rating from 36 votes

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

JSONRequest Proposal

Category: Ajax, JSON, The Ajax Experience

Douglas Crockford of Yahoo, a pioneer of JSON, presented “JSON: The X in Ajax” at The Ajax Experience Tuesday afternoon. In the presentation, Douglas discussed his proposal for native support of a new JavaScript object named JSONRequest. The object would provide a simple API for issuing Ajax requests to exchange JSON data using the following Read the rest…

Posted by Tom Geer at 4:19 pm

4.1 rating from 49 votes

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

The State Of Web Development – Ajax set to surpass Flash in ’07

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Richard MacManus has posted on The State Of Web Development – Ajax set to surpass Flash in ’07. This is in reference to a report on the subject (free preview). The current stats are good, but take a look at the future. Ajax is here to stay. What will be the next big thing on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:45 am

4 rating from 23 votes

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The Dangers of Cross-Domain Ajax with Flash

Category: Ajax, Flash

In this blog entry, Chris Shiflett takes another look at some of the dangers that can come up with cross-site Ajax via a Flash object embedded in the page. He mentions a previous discussion where Chris points out the filename-specific nature (crossdomain.xml) of this example. Julien (author of the example) replied in the affirmative that Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:51 am

3.9 rating from 37 votes

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Intra-iframe Message Passing

Category: Ajax

Dare Obasanjo pointed to Julien Couvreur’s blog post that discusses a Cross-document messaging hack that both Dojo and Windows Live platform came out with: The Dojo and Windows Live Platform teams have both recently released DHTML hacks that allow two iframes in different domains to communicate, bypassing the notorious same-domain policy implemented in browsers. I’m Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:54 pm

3.9 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Top 8 Ajax evaluation criteria

Category: Ajax, Editorial

As companies and individuals (this means you) continue to sort out just what the big deal about Ajax is and how it can help them, they need to also look at some of the things they need to consider about its implementation into their site. Thankfully, FrontForge has created a basic list to help you Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:01 am

3.4 rating from 85 votes

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Ajax IE Caching Issue

Category: Ajax, IE

David Arthur, like many, has had problems with the caching issue that Internet Explorer seems to have with Ajax connections: If you’ve been working with the Ajax framework long enough, i’m sure you’ve run into at least a few speed bumps thanks to Internet Explorer. Not a day goes by that i don’t have to Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:25 am

3.8 rating from 159 votes

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Why Ajax?

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Ajax has changed the web. There’s no doubt about that. It’s made the internet a happier place to be (well, when it’s used well) and has helped fuel the Web 2.0 movement to make it what it is today. But what I’m left wondering is – why? No, I’m not saying that Ajax is overrated Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 11:08 am

3.2 rating from 10 votes

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Bridging Java Swing with Ajax

Category: Ajax, Java

Richard Bair of Sun Microsystems has created XMLHttpRequest and JSONHttpRequest beans, both part of the SwingX-WS project. Interestingly Richard “ased the design and implementation on the W3C Working Draft Specification for XMLHttpRequest. So the good news is, for those of you familiar with XHR, you have essentially the same API available now for your Swing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:24 pm

3.5 rating from 51 votes

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Google Image Labeler: Collaborative Tagging Game

Category: Ajax, Comet, Games, Google, GWT, Usability

Google has released Google Image Labeler, a streaming Ajax app that makes it fun to label (tag) images apparently built with GWT (via TechCrunch). It’s a real-time collaborative app, where you work with an online partner, assigned by Google, to look at the same image and decide on some labels together. It works like this: Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:53 am

4.2 rating from 90 votes

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Pageviews are Obsolete

Category: Ajax, Articles

In a new posting on Evhead.com, they talk about the slow demise of something both advertisers and those monitoring a site’s stats will just have to come to grips with – pageviews are obsolete. Remember when web site traffic was talked about in terms of “hits”? You’d read about how many millions of hits Netscape Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:56 am

4.1 rating from 36 votes