Editorial


Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Ajax Changes Advertising, Too

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Developers all over the web are discovering the powerful new features that using Ajax lets them implement. Unfortunately, there’s also a downside for some people associated with the web, namely advertisers, and how Ajax works. In this new article on the ClickZ Network, explores how Ajax can wreck havock on any normal “counting” system. I’ve Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:12 pm
9 Comments

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3.4 rating from 50 votes

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Which Ajax Approach Is Right For You?

Category: Ajax, Editorial

As Ajax is developing, different “parties” are forming in their development methods. Some developers prefer to stick with the smaller libraries they know and create their apps there, while others are looking to big players, like Microsoft’s Atlas, to provide them with powerful environments to create next-generation applications. Dion Hinchcliffe noticed this as well and Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 12:36 pm
10 Comments

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3.2 rating from 38 votes

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Open Ajax Alliance Update

Category: Ajax, Editorial

I had the pleasure of being part of the first Open Ajax Alliance summit, brought together by IBM, hosted at Adobe in San Francisco. The first day was all about getting on the same page, as the members went around and discusses their worlds, and where they see the Open Ajax alliance moving. It was Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:53 am
7 Comments

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4 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Morfik targets Google?

Category: Editorial, Google

When Google came out with GWT, there was a rumour that they had worked with Morfik on the technology. This false rumour came about due to the similarity in the technologies. Morfik has shown signs of what they feel about GWT with the press release: Morfik Will Pursue all Avenues to Protect its IP Rights Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:35 pm
18 Comments

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2.7 rating from 29 votes

Responsible Asynchronous Scripting

Category: Ajax, Editorial

On ThinkVitamin.com, there’s a new column that’s been written up by Shaun Inman, one of the brains behind Mint concerning “Responsible Asynchronous Scripting”. Asynchronous or remote scripting has been lurking in the background of web app development for quite some time now. Originally dependent on proprietary technology like Java applets, ActiveX and Flash or clever Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 2:39 pm
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3.7 rating from 28 votes

Pseudo User Pattern and Ajax

Category: Ajax, Editorial

I have been using a pattern called the Pseudo User Pattern that many have used over the years. Basically, it allows users to get through the maximum amount of work without forcing them to signup or login to your application. Behind the scenes the notion of a User is abstracted and you may be talking Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:36 pm
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3.4 rating from 37 votes

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Accessibility: Use Ajax, Get Sued?

Category: Accessibility, Editorial

Agile Ajax discusses the legal and moral issues of using Ajax from an accessibility perspective. I was arguing with a speaker at an SOA conference yesterday about whether AJAX for public facing websites was a bad idea. He kept insisting that if you use AJAX, you will get sued, and that Southwest Airlines had in Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:38 am
19 Comments

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4.1 rating from 48 votes

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Google Web Toolkit: The correct level of abstraction?

Category: Editorial, Google

There has been a lot of buzz around Googles new Google Web Toolkit, an Ajax framework that allows Java developers to stay in Java land and ignore JavaScript. Ironically, a day earlier I was shown XML11 (not a lot of XML) which is a similar toolkit. Both have the ability to take Java code and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:12 am
40 Comments

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3.7 rating from 134 votes

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Give Safari some love

Category: Editorial

We have had two big pieces of news from the big guys, Google and Yahoo! that have placed Safari on the backburner once more. Firstly, the new Yahoo! homepage preview had people calling out: “Safari is an “A level” browser at Yahoo! yet you can’t view the new homepage in it yet?” Secondly, the Google Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
76 Comments

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3.7 rating from 78 votes

7 More Reasons Why Web Apps Fail

Category: Editorial

Following up his previous list, Joshua Porter has posted seven more reaons why web applications can fail in today’s internet environment. As will the first list, this list is by no means a complete account of every reason why a web app might fail. There are countless reasons, I’m sure, and most are part of Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:22 am
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3.3 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Revenge of the $

Category: Editorial, JavaScript, Library

There was a lot of talk on namespaces, and conflicts with the $ function. This problem is made worse in the JavaScript world due to the fact that you have to ship the JS that your app needs each time. Practicalities mean that a lot of developers have build tools that generate a minified js Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:06 am
46 Comments

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2.5 rating from 56 votes

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

The Collaborative Web with Ajax

Category: Comet, Editorial

There have been many signs pointing us to how collaborative the live web is going to become. Firstly, we have apps such as Jot and Campfire to connect people in real time. These connections are normally planned. “Let’s meet at 10pm to create the podcast script”. Then, we have collaboration that isn’t planned. I am Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:31 pm
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3.7 rating from 21 votes

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

10 Business Reasons to Use AJAX

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Dietrich Kappe has thrown together another “top ten” list of sorts in this new post on the Pathfinder site – 10 business reasons to use Ajax. I’m not sure where on the hype curve we are with AJAX, but one of the open question for businesses is: why and where should you consider using AJAX? Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 12:12 pm
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4.1 rating from 65 votes

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

7 Reasons Why Web Apps Fail

Category: Editorial

Web applications are popping up faster and faster every day, and quite a few are using the power that Ajax offers to their advantage. They create sites with lofty ideas and ideas of the future that might need a little bit of grounding. Anyone that’s paying attention can see that there are just some practices Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 2:36 pm
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3.6 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Rocky Shoals of Ajax Development

Category: Ajax, Articles, Editorial

Alex Bosworth has written a lot on practicalities of Ajax including quirks. His latest piece details the Rocky Shoals of Ajax Development in which he discusses: Browser Quirks and Limitations MLHttpRequest can’t access remote server Multiple Ajax Requests are not fired in order Asynchronous XMLHttpRequests responses will arrive in no particular order XMLHttpRequest does not Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
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4.1 rating from 34 votes

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

OpenLaszlo and Dojo Partnership

Category: Dojo, Editorial

The OpenLaszlo and Dojo teams have announced a partnership. The end result is a win-win for both groups, and thus for us. application developers. Dojo is going to get improvements and widgets from OpenLaszlo for us all to use. The Dojo connection came about as part of our current project to bring OpenLaszlo to multiple Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:54 am
6 Comments

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4 rating from 23 votes