Editorial


Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Autosave and Undo

Category: Dojo, Editorial

Cristian Vidmar wrote a brief posting on taking care of users with autosave. He talks about how to implement this in iframe and XHR: The AJAX way. Start a timer on the BODY load. At every iteration get the value property of the editing textarea and fire it through an XmlHttpRequest to a server-side saveDraft Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:52 pm
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3.5 rating from 8 votes

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Flock: The Web 2.0 Browser

Category: Editorial

Our friends at TechCrunch have been talking about Flock, the new browser on the block, for awhile now. There are more screen shots available showing us how Flock is participating with other services and letting us do more with our browser. It is about time that we change some of the browser paradigms. Bookmarks/Favorites don’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:34 pm
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Flash in disguise: Why I want my browser environment please!

Category: Editorial

I just went to Brightcove, a new Web 2.0 company (of course), founded by Mr. Jeremy Allaire (good guy). When you go to the home page, you have this weird feeling where it looks like a normal webpage, but something is wrong. But, then you try to use it like a normal web page, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:09 am
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3.2 rating from 6 votes

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

window.onload Cross Browser Solutions

Category: Editorial

Dean Edwards has been discussing the issues with the onload handler and an issue with it: The window.onload event is used by programmers to kick-start their web applications. This could be something trivial like animating a menu or something complex like initialising a mail application. The problem is that the onload event fires after all Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:51 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Rise of slow Ajax applications

Category: Editorial

Alexander Kirk has been writing about Ajax performance via entries such as Bloated Ajax Applications Due to Libraries, Rise of slow AJAX applications, and Code downloading with AJAX. Alex tends to like lean libraries such as SACK. Although, we have to keep down the code in an environment such as browser-based, there is a reason Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:06 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

SPARQL over Ajax

Category: Editorial

Kendall Clark got a little kiddy thinking about how Ajax and SPARQL can fit together: “SPARQL over AJAX just by itself is so cool it gives me a headache!”. SPARQL could be the begining of the merge of Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web. Currently the idea of mash-ups is a big one. How many Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:01 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Planet Ajaxian

Category: Editorial

We have setup Planet Ajaxian as a place to aggregate various Ajax and Web 2.0 content. If there are Ajax sources that you think should be added to the planet let us know. Ideally, the source will either be 100% Ajax, or have an Ajax category, as we don’t want to have content about someone’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:41 am
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2.3 rating from 4 votes

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

What’s Wrong With Ajax?

Category: Articles, Editorial

Dan Grossman, the VC that brought us Top 10 Ajax Apps, has now told us what is wrong with Ajax. He has brought out the old chestnuts: First Problem: User Interface Issues The back, stop, and refresh buttons don’t always work. Since Ajax applications generate pages dynamically, there generally aren’t static links available for bookmarking Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:28 am
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2.8 rating from 10 votes

Monday, September 26th, 2005

War of the Web: Revenge of the Dynamics

Category: Editorial

As I was watching “24 hour party people” on DVD, I heard the main character talk about the ebbs and flows of the music business. He is talking about the scene in Manchester at the end of the 70’s, and into the eighties. Moving from Joy Division to Happy Mondays and New Order. I think Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:23 am
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3.9 rating from 12 votes

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Yahoo! Mail Beta Review

Category: Editorial

We all know about the Yahoo! Mail Beta. My friends over at Internet Stock Blog reported that The New Yahoo Mail is Far Superior to Gmail according to WSJ personal technology columnist Walter Mossberg. I got an invite to the Yahoo! Mail beta myself and took it for a test drive. There is a tough Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:30 pm
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2.8 rating from 10 votes

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Rails Ajaxians hit out at Microsoft Atlas

Category: .NET, Editorial, Prototype, Ruby

The PDC love parade announced Microsoft Atlas. Thomas Fuchs has hit out with an auto completion comparison between Atlas and his script.aculo.us component: First off, looking at their code, they were certainly a bit inspired by my code (and also by Sam’s code). I can see it’s difficult to give credit, but hey, you know, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:51 am
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3.9 rating from 16 votes

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Ajaxian Fire and Forget Pattern

Category: Editorial

Have you ever had a use case where you wanted to fire off an asynchronous request as a “Fire and Forget”. You didn’t care about hearing from the server (even to hear if all is well). We had a use case like this recently, and ran into some interesting issues. The root problem in our Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:13 pm
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3 rating from 6 votes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Ajax Latency: Myth, Reality, and Solutions

Category: Editorial

Jep Castelein of Backbase has been writing about latency issues, and how Ajax is involved. Firstly, he talked about Ajax Latency problems: myth or reality?. In this article he discusses what people are saying and thinking wrt Ajax latency, and adds: “These days, bandwidth is cheap, latency expensive.” I can confirm this from my own Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:49 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Treehouse Chat and Server Side JavaScript

Category: Chat, Editorial, JavaScript

Wesley Tanaka has written Yet Another Chat Client, and uses this experience to discuss some of the implementation details. Wesley ends up wanting to have a <?JS … ?> construct a la PHP. Why does he want this? So he can share code between the client and server side of the application. He rewrote the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:05 am
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3.1 rating from 13 votes

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Safari 2.0.1: No longer an Ajaxian pain?

Category: Browsers, Editorial

Mention Safari to many JavaScripters, and they sigh. Look at many frameworks, libraries, and components, and you don’t see Safari on the list of supported browsers half the time. Alex Russell sees some hope with Safari 2.0.1 and maybe beyond? After much discussion recently with Erik, we decided that Safari was a lost cause when Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:57 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Top 10 Ajax Applications from a VC perspective

Category: Editorial

Dan Grossman, a VC from NYC, has put up his opinion on the top 10 Ajax appicatons: Kiko. A general purpose online calendar. Elegant interface and design. API coming soon. Backbase’s RSS Reader. Only a demo, so you can’t add your own feeds. Still, very nice. Backpack. To do list organizer and simple project management Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:01 am
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3 rating from 5 votes