Editorial


Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

FUD: Using the XMLHttpRequest Object and AJAX to Spy On You

Category: Editorial

It looks like the FUD fest has started wrt Ajax. Devx has an article called Using the XMLHttpRequest Object and AJAX to Spy On You. The example that he uses is having a game which sends back what you are doing. Like this couldn’t be done with Flash? iframes couldn’t be used to do this Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:53 am
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3 rating from 6 votes

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Will Ajax Threaten Windows Desktop?

Category: Editorial, Google

We know our tech is hyped when the question asked is Will Ajax Threaten Windows Desktop?. The Slashdot-ians have spoken everything that probably needs to be said there. Ajax is great, but I don’t think it will be the deployment platform for every rich application that exists. There IS Google Maps and Google Earth.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:38 pm
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Ajax Deep Linking

Category: Editorial

Jon Udell has spoken about MSN Virtual Earth, Google Maps, and AJAX deep linking. We talked about some of these points in an earlier editorial piece: Making sure that crawlers like Google can grok your Ajaxian apps. Neither Google Maps nor MSN Virtual Earth records the state of a particular map view on the browser’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:22 pm
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4.3 rating from 6 votes

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

JavaScript Archive Network: The CPAN for JS

Category: Editorial, Perl

One of the great gems of Perl is CPAN. Rael noticed that some Perl hackers are jumping into some JavaScript code, and built JSAN, a place to find comprehensive information on JavaScript libraries. As Rael says… The most interesting find in the archive thus far has to be JSAN library itself, allowing scripters to import Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:49 am
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4.5 rating from 12 votes

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Ajax going mainstream in The Guardian

Category: Editorial

The Guardian is a great UK newspaper, and it was interesting to see them write a dedicated report on Ajax, what it is, and the state of the onion. Ajax is set to dramatically change the way we work with web applications. Even without a fancy interface everyone can see the advantages: no more back Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:10 am
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4.3 rating from 3 votes

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Ajax May Undermine Web Advertising, Analytics Models

Category: Editorial

The marketing/ad folk are getting worried again in: Ajax May Undermine Web Advertising, Analytics Models. Sure the web “page” may change a little. This doesn’t mean that you can’t advertise anymore though! You can tie into events and change ads based on inner page changing hooks. And, hopefully we won’t see sets of pages all Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:02 am
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2.9 rating from 16 votes

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Web Standards Project (WaSP) creates JavaScript Task Forces

Category: Editorial

David Flanagan has pointed us to the fact that WaSP has recently announced the launch of the DOM Scripting Task Force “to promote “unobtrusive” JavaScript programming using the W3C DOM”. Manifesto Definitions Unobtrusive JavaScript at work David also discusses JavaScript Closures and the scope chain…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:36 am
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3.3 rating from 7 votes

Monday, July 18th, 2005

Making sure that crawlers like Google can grok your Ajaxian apps

Category: Editorial

Some of the concerns that you have when you build an Ajaxian application revolve around usability, and accessability. One item that I worry about is how crawlers like Google can keep up with the changes. Google is used to thinking that one URL == one page to index. These days that isn’t always the case. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:10 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Dojo Package System Explained

Category: Dojo, Editorial

The Dojo Toolkit is a very mature piece of JavaScript. One of the interesting pieces is the package system which has been explained by Dylan Schiemann The packaging system allows you to list a single script include file, which will then find and fetch packages as they are needed for your application, from the Dojo Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:45 am
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3.5 rating from 12 votes

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Best practice for Asynchronous Javascript

Category: Editorial

Nick Lothian ran into issues with the A in Ajax: One thing I see missing from most of the discussions about AJAX is implicit in its name: the calls are Asynchronous. This introduces the potential for some very nasty bugs when the state of the view is different to the state when the remote method Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:09 pm
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

“Ajax is rocket science”. “Ajax isn’t simple”. Enough already!

Category: Editorial

Infoworld wrote their piece on Ajax a little bit ago. One area of the article goes into how hard Ajax is: Ajax isn’t simple. It can include more than two Web languages plus other code, including JavaScript, Dynamic HTML, and a Microsoft-created routine called XMLHttpRequest. Since Ajax apps are cobbled together from freely available technologies, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:00 pm
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3.1 rating from 7 votes

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Yahoo! Mail: Revenge of the Oddpost

Category: Editorial

Yahoo! grabbed the Oddpost guys, who built an insane JavaScript client library, which they used to build a web based email client that looks like Outlook. Everyone has been wondering when their influence will be seen on Yahoo! Mail itself. They have done a couple of things, such as auto-completion of addresses, but what about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:06 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Prototyping Desktop Apps with Ajax

Category: Editorial

Michael Mahemoff has discussed Tony Darugar’s points on using Ajax as a prototyping stop-gap: As I went to download Tcl/Tk, it occured (sic.) to me that I could use AJAX. All I’m looking for is a simple screen that displays each record in turn. I can slap together the HTML page in no time. I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:11 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

IE Frame Bug

Category: Editorial, IE

Bob Lee brought up a sneaky little IE bug: Some of my IE users were seeing a, “mixed secure and insecure content,” warning. After looking everywhere for a style sheet, web page, image or script loaded via HTTP instead of HTTPS, I tracked the problem down to an iframe missing the src attribute (the attribute Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:15 pm
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3.2 rating from 22 votes

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Client-side state in IE… what about Mozilla?

Category: Editorial, IE

Jordan Frank talks about using IE’s DHTML behaviors to store state on a browser, and wonders when Mozilla will get similar functionality. He also does a lot of preaching, but we’ll forgive him for that. The userData behaviour allows for any type of structured data to be stored. As such, it provides an excellent alternative Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:49 am
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3.4 rating from 7 votes

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Ajax Isn’t Web 2.0

Category: Editorial

Some folks have started using the term “Web 2.0” to describe the quantum leap in usability that ajaxian techniques facilitate. Whoops! According to Anne van Kesteren, that’s liable to make such folk fodder for pity and/or derision Us? We laughed at the Web 2.0 comments before, but as we see more and more of the Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:38 am
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3 rating from 5 votes