Editorial


Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Power, Authority, and Blame

Category: Editorial, Standards

Alex Russell has another one of his insightful posts titled Power and Authority. He talks about the core tenets and then ties it to the W3C, and who we should be “blaming” for the slow upgrade of the Web, and it requires a look in the mirror: As a case study in putting your faith Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:10 am
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3.5 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

JavaScript, Rebranded….. Check.

Category: Editorial

Michael Mahemoff has a nice little post on the rebranding of JavaScript. It kicked off when he was listening to Steve Yegge on rebranding: He talks about how languages are branded, e.g. “Java” is enterprise. One of his main points is that brands are “const identifiers”, i.e. it takes an entire generation to change brand Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:02 am
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3.6 rating from 27 votes

Monday, July 7th, 2008

W3C Event Debugging; Gears and AIR, not versus; Host-Proof Hosting library

Category: Editorial

A couple of posts from my personal land that are related to the Ajax world: First up, I am building an application that uses some canvas and ran into an issue handling events which sent me down a merry path that took me through: initMouseEvent, error fun (Component returned failure code: 0×80070057 (NS_ERROR_ILLEGAL_VALUE) [nsIDOMEventTarget.dispatchEvent…..] ), Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:06 am
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3.1 rating from 12 votes

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Require Javascript for Contributions?

Category: Accessibility, Editorial, Usability

On the Stack Overflow blog, Jeff Attwood asks Is it OK to require JavaScript to participate? Note that by “participate” I mean “edit, answer or ask a question”. Of course passively reading a question and the associated answers will work fine without JavaScript enabled. … While we do believe in progressive enhancement, it’s possible that Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:53 pm
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3.3 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Webmonkey is back!

Category: Editorial

Webmonkey was a great resource for us when we the Web took off, and it was a shame to see it die out. Today we saw that Webmonkey has been re-born as Conde bought it back and put the content back online. We have also republished the bulk of Webmonkey’s vast library of tutorials and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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4 rating from 21 votes

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

OpenEXT: The fork

Category: Editorial, JavaScript, Sencha

OpenEXT is here. It is a fork of Ext JS 2.0.2, which was under an LGPL license (kinda…. with some invalid, non-open source licensing). The crux of the fork is: Ext are claiming that a fork of the existing 2.0 version is not legal, due to the way they applied the LGPL. This is likely Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:07 am
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2.3 rating from 277 votes

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Ext JS and the fun with Open Source licenses

Category: Editorial, Sencha

There has been a lot of noise revolving around Ext JS and the open source license decisions. Under the original license (LGPL-ish) many thought that it wasn’t actually an open source license at all. Jack changed to GPL last week when he announced version 2.1, but others have been upset with views on forking the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:03 pm
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4.7 rating from 82 votes

Monday, April 21st, 2008

What is the future of Ajax applications talking to the data tier?

Category: Editorial

I have just posted an article on the new attack on the RDBMS on my personal blog. The post talks about the new thinking around data in the cloud, and on the Web. It first starts out by remembering that this isn’t the first time the RDBMS has been attacked, and remembers the OODBMS attack, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:56 am
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3.4 rating from 18 votes

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

What does the “Open Web” actually mean?

Category: Editorial

Many of us use the term “Open Web”, yet what does this actually mean. There isn’t a Wikipedia entry on it yet. When you start to think about it, you may be surprised to find out how hard it is to pin down. It is HTTP, HTML, JavaScript and CSS? Brad Neuberg argues that they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:48 am
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3.6 rating from 25 votes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Kevin Hakman joins Aptana

Category: Aptana, Editorial, TIBCO

When we posted the last podcast on Aptana Jaxer, someone commented on the fact that Kevin Hakman was there, and “Doesn’t Kevin Hakman work for Tibco? What does he have to do with Aptana?”. Aptana has now come out with the news that they have hired Kevin: We are excited to announce that Kevin Hakman Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am
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3.7 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Random thoughts from a Firefox

Category: Editorial, Firefox

Robert O’Callahan has a nice recap of BaaCamp down under. Robert talks about various talks that he went too, for example on AIR which touted: features that can and should be provided by browsers too, possibly via extensions like Gears for the laggards, ideally via standard APIs like HTML5. Robert feels like there is still Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:57 am
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3.8 rating from 13 votes

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Beyond DOM

Category: Editorial, JavaScript

Neil Mix is scheming and waiting for someone to go beyond DOM: Here’s the problem as I see it: the UI I’ve coded, what you see on the screen, is a reflection (some would call it a transformation) of the data sitting in memory in my JavaScript objects. So why is it that every time Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am
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3.7 rating from 15 votes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Google Gears Future APIs

Category: Editorial, Gears, Google, JavaScript

Over on my personal blog I kicked off a series of articles on some future APIs that are on the table for Gears, and how in my opinion, Gears is mistakenly seen to be about “offline”, when that is just the surface. I started off by discussing the Image Manipulation API, “is a module to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:32 am
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3.3 rating from 37 votes

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Matt Webb on the Web 2007 Wrapup on the Web

Category: Editorial

Ah the end of the year, the time to write top ten lists and predictions. I am not going to go this here. We do that enough in our State of Ajax talks. What I will do though, is the digital version of something I dislike. As an experiment, I used a “highlighter” on Matt Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am
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2.3 rating from 17 votes

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Alex Russell is trying to save us

Category: Editorial, Standards

Alex continues on truthiness with The W3C Cannot Save Us that follows on from the CSS uprising as we watch things crash and burn. Alex discusses the Opera case (how it is a bad idea), and how Opera could be more productive. He calls out how we can’t hide behind the “let’s just make IE Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:32 am
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2.9 rating from 43 votes

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Ajax, Browsers, Running Out of Time

Category: Browsers, Editorial

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. — Karl Marx I can remember the day, back in 1994, when I abandoned the Mac for Windows. It was a gloomy, overcast day when I made that bittersweet decision — I was a Mac and Unix nerd all through college — but after my twelfth Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 10:33 am
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4.2 rating from 111 votes