Editorial


Monday, May 18th, 2009

Someone at Apple, please review stance on PhoneGap

Category: Editorial, iPhone

We are big fans of PhoneGap, the “open source development tool for building fast, easy mobile apps with JavaScript” including apps that run on the iPhone platform. The PhoneGap team has been winning awards and developers like it. However, we have just heard that some applications using PhoneGap have been targetted by the Apple review Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:03 pm
22 Comments

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4.1 rating from 51 votes

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Excuse me, maybe, the foundries, erm, let’s mess with em?

Category: Editorial

Mark Pilgrim has a certain style, and it was in full force on his latest post on font issues that we have on the Web. Some people are offended by tone and such, but if you ignore that, Mark is actually normally spot on! In this case, the font world feels like the DRM world Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:07 am
7 Comments

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3.7 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Web April Fools

Category: Editorial

Ah, that time of year is here again. The day of the “Microsoft bought us” jape. Are there some good’uns this year? The early chaps who jumped the line a touch were the smashing magazine people talking about IE 8.1, all with WebKit/Gecko integration, fast JavaScript, CSS 3 support, and more. Then Opera does something Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
10 Comments

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3.9 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Platform Optimization Strategies for Ajax Toolkits

Category: Ajax, Editorial, Examples, Library

Dylan Schiemann has posted on Platform Optimization Strategies for Ajax Toolkits which covers techniques for having code run on multiple platforms effectively. He talks about how some frameworks have code paths for specific browsers to shorten the if (foo) type overhead. Having a compile step like GWT does makes this easy. TIBCO GI “builds an Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:14 am
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3.4 rating from 34 votes

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The new whitehouse is so open it wants Robots to come in too

Category: Editorial

Congrats to the new President, and to the great development team that created change.gov and the like, and now get to run whitehouse.gov. Jason Kottke poked around and compared the robots.txt files from both administration. The Bush version was ~2400 lines long: User-agent: * Disallow: /cgi-bin Disallow: /search Disallow: /query.html Disallow: /omb/search Disallow: /omb/query.html Disallow: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:18 am
10 Comments

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3.1 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

2010 to be a great year for Ajaxians

Category: Editorial

2009 was a solid year. Progress was made in the depth and breadth of the platform as we saw: Browsers The IE6 frustration is far from gone, but the tide is moving and we now see fantastic browsers with decent share. We may get Firefox 4, Safari 5, Chrome 73 (they like to bump versions Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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3 rating from 5 votes

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Remote-ly Thankful

Category: Editorial

I realise that we are an international community here at Ajaxian, but for the American Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it would be OK to take stock and say some thanks too. Firstly, to the bright hackers who brought us not only XHR (thanks Microsoft), but porting it to other browsers, and then the hard work Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:00 am
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4.8 rating from 32 votes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

How Flash Can Join The Open Web

Category: Editorial, Flash, HTML

As it is Adobe MAX this week, there is a lot of talk about the Flash platform. How does this relate to the Open Web? Well, it turns out that Dion and I have been discussing how Flash can join and become a part of the Open Web. Dion kicks things off with his blog Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 6:00 am
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3.7 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Fixing the Web, Part I

Category: Editorial

Over on my personal blog I’ve started a new semi-regular series called Fixing the Web. From Part I of the series: We’ve made major progress on the web since 2005 and the rise of Ajax. JavaScript toolkits like JQuery, Dojo, and YUI have expanded what we can do with web browsers and increased our productivity, Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 8:30 am
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3.2 rating from 28 votes

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The Ajax Revolution: From UI responsiveness to functionality and beyond

Category: Ajax, Editorial

This comes as part of the from my personal blog series… In recent presentations, Ben and I have been taking a look back on the rise of Ajax (where Ajax == popularity of dhtml :). At its core, I think it all comes down to UI responsiveness. When you look at the killer apps such Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:59 am
21 Comments

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4.3 rating from 27 votes

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

What if we didn’t lump all “accessibility” requirements together?

Category: Accessibility, Editorial

Joe Walker was thinking about accessibility and wrote about a thought experiment that he had where he ponders ‘What if we didn’t lump all “accessibility” requirements together?’ What if, instead, apps are written for one audience. What could you do differently for different use cases? Designing for Screen Readers So you want to create a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:56 am
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4.1 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Back to first principles; Why do you think the Open Web matters?

Category: Editorial

I found myself pondering the Open Web recently, and I posted about my thoughts as I revisited why the Open Web matters. The piece is not about the Open Web being better, or for Open Web people to feel high and mighty. Rather, it is working out why the Open Web makes sense, and how Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:46 am
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3.5 rating from 36 votes

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

In Praise of Evolvable Systems

Category: Articles, Editorial, Standards

I met with a colleague recently who wants to take his project and create a standard on the web that actually gets adopted. We talked for a long time, and when we finished up I pointed him at a paper that had a huge impact on me, called “In Praise of Evolvable Systems” by Clay Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:45 am
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4.2 rating from 6 votes

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

On Fighting the Web; The invitation

Category: Editorial

But fighting the web is like holding back the ocean; it will route around you or it will wear you down, but will never go away, and it will never tire or give up. Yet in spite of the futility of fighting the web, Silverlight is being positioned in opposition to the web, not in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:57 am
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4.2 rating from 25 votes

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Open Web 0.4: Composability, Interop, Ubiquity, and the Client

Category: Editorial

Brad Neuberg got a huge amount of feedback on his call for a definition of the Open Web. He distilled that information and tried hard to come up with something that fits into one sentence, and ended up with this: The Open Web is an interoperable, ubiquitous, and searchable network where everyone can share information, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
6 Comments

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3.5 rating from 23 votes

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Beyond REST: XMPP PubSub

Category: Editorial

Kellan from Flickr, and Evan from ENTP gave a talk at OSCON on building data services with XMPP which gave plenty of examples including notes on OAuth. We have written about Jabber in JavaScript, and as XMPP continues to grow and grow on the Web, it is good to keep up with it.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:28 am
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3.6 rating from 19 votes