Editorial


Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Real Men Don’t Do JavaScript Do They?

Category: Editorial, JavaScript

Dave Thomas (The AOP/Bedarra one, not the Ruby one) has a column titled Programming the World in a Browser: Real Men Don’t Do JavaScript Do They?! where he discusses how JavaScript won: The mainstream professional developer community has never taken JavaScript seriously but soon they will have no choice. JavaScript is ready to move to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:30 am
23 Comments

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3.4 rating from 38 votes

Monday, October 29th, 2007

ECMAScript Edition 4: Brendan Speaks Out

Category: Editorial, JavaScript

At one of the panels at last weeks Ajax Experience we talked at some length about ECMAScript Edition 4, the paper that was released, and the future of JavaScript. Douglas Crockford has spoken up at all of our events about how he feels that ECMAScript Edition 4 is not JavaScript. In his mind it is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:18 am
19 Comments

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4.1 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Web 2.0 Design Patterns Book

Category: Editorial

Duane Nickull, Dion Hinchcliffe, James Governor have a new book on Web 2.0 Design Patterns which mixes in the Enterprise with the funky Web 2.0 crowd. James and Duane have a little chat about what the book is about and the tension between the enterprise world and the simple Web.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:54 am
3 Comments

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1.9 rating from 65 votes

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Go Ajax, Young Man

Category: Ajax, Editorial, Toolkit

Aaron Newton and Jep Castelein wrote in pointers to a recent Joel “on software” Spolsky’s essay, which this time around has an Ajax focus. His whole essay revolves around this observation: So, we don’t care about performance or optimization much anymore. Except in one place: JavaScript running on browsers in AJAX applications. And since that’s Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 5:45 am
28 Comments

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3.8 rating from 42 votes

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

“Ajax” Forever?

Category: Ajax, Editorial

When we started Ajaxian, we thought that the term “Ajax” would have legs for a few months, maybe a few years, and that it would eventually disintegrate back into the web development ether. As the years have gone by, it’s clear that the term Ajax is still hanging around. The most recent data point is Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am
22 Comments

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3.8 rating from 34 votes

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Long Pages Work!

Category: Editorial

Peter Van Dijck thinks that long pages work and he points to Wikipedia and pages like this as proof. The content + a lot of comments world can definitely make sense. You can use Cmd+F to hunt around, and the main content is still at the top. We have in the past been obsessed with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:20 am
14 Comments

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3.6 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Is the iPhone the IE4 of 2007? Sheesh

Category: Editorial, HTML

I think part of the reason why Microsoft stopped developing IE is that the developers behind it got sick of being criticized for trying to innovate. Many of them left the IE team and moved over to the XAML project (aka WPF/Silverlight) so they could continue to do great work without being attacked for it. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:39 am
28 Comments

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3.6 rating from 30 votes

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

The Future of CSS and the end of 3.0

Category: CSS, Editorial

We have all been frustrated with CSS over the years. The implementation has been spotty across the browsers, and it has all but died off. IE 7 stepped up and fixed a lot, even if some weren’t happy with how far they got. CSS 3 has been out there for quite some time, but apart Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:27 am
57 Comments

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3.4 rating from 85 votes

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Bubble 2.0?

Category: Editorial, Web20

The sky is falling! Every publication has to have it’s resident curmudgeon. It’s a franchise, and PC Magazine’s is held down by John Dvorak. Now he’s moaning about a dot-com bubble redux involving Web 2.0 based companies. Each of these bubbles had a distinctive theme. For the dot-com bubble, it was e-commerce—it really should have Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 6:30 am
20 Comments

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3.7 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Ajaxian.com Annual Reader Survey

Category: Editorial

We have opened up our third annual Ajaxian.com Reader Survey. We are looking to learn more about the Ajax community, so please spare a couple of minutes and let us know more about how you are using Ajax. Sample questions are: Which browser Plug-ins have you used or have you considered using? Which frameworks have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:42 am
14 Comments

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3.9 rating from 29 votes

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Nielsen/NetRatings: Death of the page view

Category: Editorial

As soon as Ajax took off, the community discussed how it was the nail in the coffin of the page view. Now, Nielsen/NetRatings agrees. The AP article details two cases where this change in focus will provide a noticeable change in bigco rankings: “Ranking top sites by total minutes instead of page views gives Time Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:46 am
5 Comments

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3.6 rating from 14 votes

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

JavaScript as a Language

Category: Editorial, JavaScript

John Resig has a new opinion piece on JavaScript as a Language that he came up with after poking around with JavaScript 2: I think we’ve seen the JavaScript language move through many individual phases: The “We need scripting for web pages” phase. (Netscape) The “We should standardize this” phase. (ECMAScript) The “JavaScript isn’t a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:27 am
13 Comments

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2.3 rating from 65 votes

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Maintainers Wanted: Really Simple History, and Flash Storage

Category: Editorial

Brad Neuberg has put out a plea for maintainers to take on some of his work. He is looking for someone for: Really Simple History Today, RSH is used by a huge number of websites to solve Ajax bookmarking and history issues; it is also integrated into alot of other open source projects. Members from Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:44 am
3 Comments

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4.1 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

“The CSS working group is irrelevant”

Category: CSS, Editorial

Ian Hickson has written up a strong opinion titled The CSS working group is irrelevant. Ian details his frustration with the progression of CSS, and how in some ways it mirrors the HTML issues. HTML 5 was driven by real world usage, and the next CSS should be similar. How much time do you spend Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am
16 Comments

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4 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Ask Ajaxian: Are there clean techniques for writing JavaScript on the server?

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Jim McCabe had a question for the community, so we thought it would be good to hear your thoughts: Over the past year or so I’ve gradually integrated AJAX into a web application. While this is great for our customers, I’m increasingly disturbed by the ugliness of the code on the server side. We have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:11 am
32 Comments

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4 rating from 51 votes

Monday, May 21st, 2007

The Uncanny Valley of User Interface Design

Category: Articles, Editorial

Bill Higgins wrote about design for the web vs. repeating desktop applications on the web in The Uncanny Valley of User Interface Design. It has stirred up debate on various blogs around the web. Ever since the beginning there has been talk on using web metaphors on the web, and desktop ones on the desktop. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:12 am
11 Comments

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3.6 rating from 33 votes