Editorial


Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

JavaScript: Marriage of Dynamic and Static a killer feature?

Category: Editorial

Jon Udell wrote an opinion piece titled ECMAScript: The Switzerland of development environments? in which he discusses the progress of JavaScript, er ECMAScript. He puts together a bunch of threads from seeing Macromedia’s Flex 2, to hearing Charles Petzold talk questioning “Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?”. In the end he comes to a hypothesis Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:29 am
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3.3 rating from 8 votes

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Ajaxian.com Redesigned for 2006

Category: Editorial

We never intended that our 3 am, quick-and-dirty, hacked-up website template would stay with us as long as it did. And so, we reveal our new look for 2006; we hope you like it. Of course, we realize you come for the content, but hopefully now good ol’ Ajaxian.com is a little easier on the Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:26 pm
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3.7 rating from 21 votes

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Bridging UI “programming” and UI “designing”

Category: Editorial

Scott Dietzen of Zimbra write a piece called Ajax Design Center in which he discusses the future of Ajax tooling, and how we should be building Ajax applications. He recognizes that UI frameworks such as Zimbra AjaxTK may be a bit too much for the average designer, and that a bridge needs to be formed. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:26 am
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3.3 rating from 20 votes

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

All I Want For Christmas is Ajax

Category: Editorial

For a geeky christmas: All I want for Christmas is Ajax I don’t want a tall skinny tree or lots of presents under it. All I ask for are some Web 2.0 goodies that are zipped and not wrapped. I want PHP and not PAJAMAS. Give me widgets and not gadgets. Give me a torrent Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:02 am
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3.4 rating from 7 votes

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Ajaxian joins Web 2.0 Workgroup

Category: Editorial

We are proud to have joined the Web 2.0 Workgroup, which is “a network of premium weblogs that write content about the new generation of the Web”. Web 2.0 Workgroup Network Category Sites Analysis & Trends Read/WriteWeb, Dion Hinchcliffe, Susan Mernit’s Blog, Web 2.0 Explorer, Get Real, Ben Barren Companies & Products TechCrunch, SolutionWatch, eHub Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 pm
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3.3 rating from 9 votes

Dojo: Framework? Library? Toolkit? and using CDNs…

Category: Dojo, Editorial

Alex wrote about whether Dojo is a framework or a library. He talks about how he sees it as a library: One of the words that I hear used to describe Dojo a lot is “frameworkâ€?, and it always causes me some concern when I hear it. Frameworks tend to control the way an applications Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:54 am
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3.6 rating from 19 votes

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Apache Ajax Toolkit Framework Proposal

Category: Editorial

Apache has received a proposal for AJAX Toolkit Framework, championed by Sam Ruby. There are many excellent developers on the list as initial members, and the core seems to have come from Zimbra AjaxTk, and IBM for their Eclipse tooling. Sub projects The subprojects will include development tools necessary to encourage browser-based, AJAX-style development for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:17 pm
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3.4 rating from 7 votes

Debugging Ajax Requests in Prototype

Category: Editorial, Prototype

How do we debug our Ajax applications? The Rails Weenie has taken the Ajax Responder feature in Prototype: Ajax.Responders.register({ onCreate: function() { if (Ajax.activeRequestCount > 0) Element.show(‘spinner’); }, onComplete: function() { if (Ajax.activeRequestCount == 0) Element.hide(‘spinner’); } }); and has written a simple responder to use in debugging: Ajax.Responders.register({ // log the beginning of the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am
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3.1 rating from 8 votes

Monday, December 19th, 2005

IE team joins Mozilla on standard feed icon

Category: Editorial

When you are on a website in Firefox, and the site has an RSS feed, you see the “feed icon” to let you know. Microsoft is getting into the feed game in a big way. Vista will have RSS everywhere, and IE 7 is embracing it a lot. The IE team needed a way to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:44 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Yahoo! JavaScript Developer Center

Category: Editorial

Yahoo! has put together a really nice resource for us, in the Yahoo! JavaScript Developer Center. They of course focus on APIs and tools for accessing their JavaScript and Flash APIs, but they also have more: Yahoo! Products: Learn about Maps, Music Engine, Widgets, and Search APIs AJAX & XMLHttpRequest: Documentation on our favourite friend Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:25 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Java Applet Storage for JavaScript pages

Category: Editorial

Remember when JavaScript wasn’t called JavaScript? Netscape changed the name for marketing reasons, and the confusion began. One of the features we got was “Live Connect”. The ability to talk between any Java applet, and our Java applets. This should sound familiar to the Flash/JavaScript bridge that allows you to talk bidirectionally between those two Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:13 pm
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3.3 rating from 7 votes

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

What Ajax _Can’t_ Do

Category: Accessibility, Ajax, Editorial, Usability

Fellow Ajaxian Michael Mahemoff posted on something not discussed enough – what Ajax can’t do: Browser morphing Adding buttons, toolbars, bookmarks, icons; changing browser behaviour. Local file access Reading and writing files on the user’s hard drive. Sound Playing music and sound effects. Rich graphics Providing rich graphics, changing dynamically. (This is gradually changing with Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:28 am
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3.6 rating from 28 votes

Local Storage via Derby

Category: Editorial

Francois Orsini gave a demonstration at ApacheCon that showed off local storage via the Derby DB. We keep getting more and more options for storage. What I demo’ed at Apache during Tim Bray’s keynotes was one particular use case of embedded Apache Derby (100% pure Java RDBMS) running within a web browser such as Mozilla Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:20 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Etsy.com – dynamic shopping store for hand made items

Category: Editorial, Flash, Showcase

At thursday’s ajax event, one of the sites recommended for demo was Etsy.com. It bills itself as “the place to buy and sell all things handmade”. It has some of the most innovative ajax techniques I’ve seen on an ecommerce site. Make sure and check out the time machine (my favorite), color picker, and the Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:30 am
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3.3 rating from 8 votes

W3C Creates Web Application Formats Working Group

Category: Editorial

We recently discussed how the W3C Created a Web APIs Working Group, that included XHR and such. They are at it again, now creating a Web Application Formats Working Group: The W3C Web Application Formats Working Group is chartered to develop languages for client-side Web Application development. Deliverables Specification of a declarative format for applications Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:20 am
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2.7 rating from 6 votes

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Desiging and Building With Ajax – slides, code and resources

Category: Editorial, Presentation, Toolkit

Yesterday Ben, Dion, and yours truly went down to Chicago for Adaptive Path’s Designing and Building with Ajax workshop. It was a full day event with presentations from Jesse James Garrett and Ben and Dion, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon and a final panel discussion. The crowd was a great mix of designers Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:07 pm
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3.8 rating from 11 votes