Editorial


Thursday, December 8th, 2005

E4X: Use it in Firefox, and anywhere Flash is installed?

Category: Editorial

Weiqi Gao talks about Native XML Comes To Firefox 1.5’s JavaScript. I first blogged about E4X 425 days ago. At the time it was only available in Rhino. I’m happy to note that E4X support is part of JavaScript 1.6, which is delivered with Firefox 1.5. Here is some of it in action: <script type=”application/x-javascript; Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:05 am
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3.6 rating from 12 votes

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Beautiful JavaScript-Powered Pages with Behaviour

Category: Editorial

Behaviour.js is a nice way of abstracting your JavaScript code out of the HTML. David Goodlad has taken this further to build beautiful javascript powered pages: The problem that I ran into, though, was that I was duplicating many of my behavior definitions between pages. Right now I’m using mostly scaffolded controllers and views, with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:43 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Old Debate: Ajax architectures and server load

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In it’s shortish life (well, not that short), people have been discussing the effect of Ajax usage and server load. Watch out! Ajax will bring down your site! Now Slashdot it weighing in. Of course, architectures decisions such as small asynchronous requests vs. (typically) more coarse-grained requests does not mean an increase of load. In Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:23 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Alertbox Spoof: “Why Ajax Sucks (Most of the Time)”

Category: Editorial, Usability

Update: Argh! I was baited big-time. This all refers to a spoof article on the aptly-named Confusability. (I had these ideas on my mind after reading a similar comments recently on confusability, which I assume is the real thing.) Web usability pioneer Jakob Nielsen gives Ajax a big fat thumbs-down in his latest Alertbox, though Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:15 am
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3.2 rating from 9 votes

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Cross-document messaging: An answer to the cross domain debate?

Category: Editorial

Arve Bersvendsen, of Opera, has written about Cross document messaging, including examples to test it out in the Opera browser. What is Cross-document messaging Cross-document messaging is a little talked off HTML5/Web Applications 1.0 feature that the WhatWG has been specifying How does it work? You have senders and receivers: Sender function sendMessage(val){ var receiver Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:18 am
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2.7 rating from 6 votes

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

6 Places You Must Use Ajax

Category: Editorial

Alex Bosworth has written up his thoughts on areas that you must use Ajax, and areas in which you shouldn’t. Places you must use Ajax Form driven interaction. Forms are slow. Very slow. Editing a tag on a del.icio.us bookmark? Click on the edit link to load the edit bookmark form page, then edit the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am
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4 rating from 51 votes

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

QuirksMode: Memory Leaks

Category: Editorial

There is the theory of a platform, and there is the practicality of an implementation of that platform. In our world, we need to deal with the implementations of JavaScript in the browsers we are targetting. Quirksmode is talking about memory leaks and a thread on Dojo jumped in on one of the issues too. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:40 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Introducing Michael Mahemoff to the Ajaxian Team

Category: Editorial

We are proud to announce that Michael Mahemoff of the popular AjaxPatterns.org has joined the Ajaxian.com team. Together, Ajaxian.com and Ajax Patterns is going to offer even more information for users of Ajax technology. Expect to see cross pollination between the sites, and in the podcasts. And, if there is anything that you wish to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:44 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Monday, November 21st, 2005

JSON == YAML? It’s getting closer to truth

Category: Editorial

Why the lucky stiff is talking about the JSON and YAML camps coming together. Why made the linkage that JSON and YAML are quite similar, and an amazing thing happened. Normally if tech X and tech Y were similar what would happen? Leader A would want to make it more different to distinguish it! And, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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3.8 rating from 12 votes

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

W3C Creates Web APIs Working Group

Category: Editorial

The W3C is kicking into gear and trying to create standards around the de-facto standards of items such as XMLHttpRequest. They have created a new Web APIs Working Group, that mirrors a lot of the WhatWG, with the mission of: The mission of the W3C Web API Working Group is to develop specifications that enable Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:18 pm
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What I want from Flash.Next

Category: Editorial, Flash

Jonathan Boutelle has written Flash: what is it good for?, and many people have options on Ajax, Flash, Ajax with Flash, and more. There are a few things that I would love to see improved in Flash, to make me like it more: Integrate with my browsers saved fields. When I go to a site Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:26 am
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3.1 rating from 8 votes

Issues when working with Ajax

Category: Articles, Editorial

Mercury Tide has written a mini-paper on Issues when working with Ajax. They cover basic items to do with working with XMLHttpRequest, focusing on cross-browser issues. Getting the XMLHttpRequest Object They start with how to get the object itself: function getNewXMLHttpRequest() { var obj; try { // For Internet Explorer. obj = new ActiveXObject(‘Microsoft.XMLHTTP’); } Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:12 am
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Is Ajax gonna kill the web frameworks?

Category: Editorial

James Strachan has written some flame bait with Is Ajax gonna kill the web frameworks? :) His contention is that: The Java eco system has zillions of web frameworks from JSF, Tapestry, Struts, WebWork, Spring WebFlow to things like JSP/JSTL/Velocity etc. There’s probably a new web framework born every day in Java some place. However Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:49 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Software as Services

Category: Editorial

Dale Asberry discussed the The Atomization of Software, and delves into Software As Services. Dave focuses in on standards and protocols such as Ajax (in his Atomization of Software post) as to what is leading this sea-change. I differ slightly with his opinion in that the biggest revelation is developers seeing the importance of ‘software Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:21 am
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Friday, November 11th, 2005

Ajax and SVG

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Carto net has a very detailed tutorial with a ridiculously long name: Dynamic Loading of Vector Geodata for SVG Mapping Applications Using Postgis, PHP and getURL()/XMLHttpRequest(). This tutorial explains how to dynamically load vector data with Ajax, into a SVG mapping application. Many are excited about this combination (Ajax and SVG). Tinic Uro discusses FireFox Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:49 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Drag and Drop Ajaxian Indicators

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We can do drag and drop in browsers these days, which is made more useful with Ajax, since you can do something server side on a drop. Our lovely toolkits like Dojo and Prototype also make working with drag and drop pretty trivial, and what does this all lead too? “Wow, thats cool. Let’s do Read the rest…

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