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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

ALE: Ajax Linking and Embedding

Category: Articles, Editorial, Examples

Ross Dargahi of Zimbra has chimed in with a a pint of ALE in which he discussed how Ajax can get into the linking and embedding business: AJAX Linking and Embedding (ALE) provides the ability to embed rich content into an editable document and to then interact with and edit that content in much the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:53 am
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4.1 rating from 32 votes

CMS Watch Looks at Ajax and Your CMS

Category: Ajax, Articles

From CMS Watch today, there’s a new article that looks at the roles that Ajax can play (and is playing) in the world of content management systems. Ajax is already making its mark in blogging software (for comments and administrative needs) as well as in interface creation. For the Web CMS world, Ajax offers the Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:10 am
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3.5 rating from 30 votes

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Why Mobile Ajax will replace J2ME and XHTML

Category: Articles, Mobile

Ajit Jaokar has an opinion on platforms for mobile devices. He believes that the Ajax programming model will take on a large share of the dev mindshare in the future. In this article he discusses: The limitations of the browsing model on mobile devices and how these are being overcome The impact of Ajax on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:08 am
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3.6 rating from 25 votes

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Ajax Tutorial Round-up

Category: Ajax, Articles

Max Kiesler has put together a nice Round-up of 30 Ajax Tutorials in which he scoured the web to find the various tutorials on parts of Ajax out there. AJAX Client-Server Communication Tutorials Alternate Ajax Techniques, Part 1 Dynamic HTML and XML: The XMLHttpRequest Object Guide to Using XMLHttpRequest Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:43 am
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4.1 rating from 126 votes

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Quality JavaScript from Scratch

Category: Articles, Books, JavaScript, Programming

A Free, Long (80 pages+) Excerpt from Sitepoints Upcoming JavaScript Book

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 5:45 am
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3.5 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

3 Myths of Ajax and Accessibility

Category: Accessibility, Articles

Joe Walker of DWR has written a piece on 3 Myths of Ajax and Accessibility. It stemmed from “quite a few ideas and bits of policy writing about accessiblity that could probably do with some updating.” Myth 1: Accessibility is a single issue One of the problems with accessibility as a single concept is that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:57 pm
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3.9 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Eliminating redisplay flashes in JavaScript

Category: Articles, JavaScript, Tip

Patrick Fitzgerald has written up his technique for eliminating redisplay flashes in JavaScript. We all see this problem in various scenarios. Nice semantic HTML comes down before the CSS/JS has styled it. For a split second you see the ugly style before the true style is applied. Your first thought might be “I’ll just add Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:13 am
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3.4 rating from 22 votes

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

A (Re)Introduction to JavaScript

Category: Ajax, Articles, JavaScript, Presentation, Programming

Simon Willison has posted the complete slides (low quality) (higher quality via flickr) to a three hour tutorial he gave at ETech on JavaScript. It looks very thorough with over 100 slides, starting out with the basic syntax and types and working up to objects and first-order functions. He also has made his notes available Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 11:38 pm
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3.8 rating from 33 votes

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Effect.Reappear: Adding News Updater Portlet to Ajaxian.com

Category: Articles, Editorial, Prototype, UI

We wish we had more time to put Ajax features on to Ajaxian.com itself. We will get there! We did recently add a simple bit of Ajax, and a few people emailed us asking about it. The feature is the rotating set of sponsors that we have on the rightbar. This portlet uses Script.aculo.us effects Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:18 am
8 Comments

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3.9 rating from 63 votes

Forget addEvent, use Yahoo!’s Event Utility

Category: Articles, Examples, JavaScript, Library

Dustin Diaz thinks that we should forget addEvent, use Yahoo!’s Event Utility. This comes from a guy who has watched others, and who gave it a shot himself. Why should we use it? Handler Attachment Deferral: According to the event utility API document: If you attempt to attach a handler to an element before the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:48 am
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4 rating from 19 votes

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Ajax homepages market review

Category: Articles, Editorial

Richard MacManus has written a nice roundup piece that reviews the various Ajax homepages, including the big guns and the new guys on the block. Richard looks at traffic, features, and strongly favours the portals with open APIs as future winners. Microsoft and Google will likely dominate this space, with Yahoo perhaps entering the market Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:02 am
5 Comments

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3.8 rating from 24 votes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Troubles with Asynchronous Ajax Requests and PHP Sessions

Category: Ajax, Articles

Marc Wandschneider (the Chipmunk Ninja), has written about a race condition that he ran into on a recent project using Ajax techniques and PHP on the backend. He details the issues, and explores his work-around.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:54 am
23 Comments

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3.5 rating from 68 votes

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

AjaxLessons.com – Tutorials, News, Workshops, etc.

Category: Ajax, Articles, Examples, JavaScript, Programming

There’s a new site offering some Ajax help for everyone out there, from beginner to pro – AjaxLessons.com. It calls itself a “resource for ajax tutorials as well as information surrounding Ajax and web 2.0”. The site aggregates some of the better Ajax-related tutorials and information out there. So far, they have a few tutorials, Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:00 pm
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4.3 rating from 23 votes

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Creating an Ajax Scribble application with Microsoft Atlas

Category: .NET, Articles

Rama Krishna Vavilala has written up a tutorial on creating an Ajax version of the good ‘ole MFC scribble application. It walks through creating An Atlas ASP.NET application from scratch, creating a Web service for the backend, and Atlas JavaScript for the front end. The Atlas Magic It allowed us to write the web application Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:49 am
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2.3 rating from 62 votes

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Keeping your page load fast

Category: Ajax, Articles, Programming, Usability

Alexander Kirk (of Blummy and Wizlite fame) posted 10 Realistic Steps to a Faster Web Site. Alex did his thesis on this subject, so he should know a thing or two about it. This is not strictly Ajax related, but its very easy to create a slow, unpleasant Ajax app if you don’t keep certain Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:19 am
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3.9 rating from 44 votes

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Dojo Tips: Cookies, and a nice Curry

Category: Articles, Dojo, JavaScript, Toolkit

Dojo continues to have nice wrappers that make it easy for you to do real things. A couple of topics came up this week such as cookies, and a new curry mechanism: Dojo Cookies Dojo has helper cookie methods wrapped up in the dojo.io.cookie package (src). Example usage: dojo.io.cookie.set(“mycookie”, “my value”, 30); // set ‘mycookie’ Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:10 am
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3.4 rating from 31 votes