Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Predictions: Ajax in 2007

Category: Ajax, Editorial, Usability, Web20

It’s the time of year to be posting random predictions for 2007. Here are 2007 Ajax predictions from Dion and myself, please post your own in the comments. Dion predicts: Ajax beats AJAX in all but bad newspapers. Someone tries to coin Ajax 2.0. A large amount of apps have flash AND ajax, and users Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:25 am

4 rating from 67 votes

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Is your Ajax application or library bloated?

Category: Dojo, Editorial

Dylan Schiemann of Dojo and Sitepen has expounded asking What is bloat?. We do hear a lot of people talking about the Xkb of JavaScript that they are willing to put in a page/app, yet bloat is a lot more than that (as Dylan attests). At the core of this article we hear loud and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:46 am

2.5 rating from 61 votes

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Yahoo! comScore lowers due to outdated page view metric

Category: Editorial

There have been a couple of articles on the so called rise of MySpace over Yahoo! in the comScore metrics. This one is getting beat to death. The notion of Ajax lowering page views as a bad thing is dumb. Using Ajax to get more data that users want in a more usable fashion? Good. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am

3.8 rating from 19 votes

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Team: Web native matters

Category: Editorial

Richard MacManus linked to a Gizbuzz interview of Jen Mazzon and Sam Schillace of the Google Docs and Spreadsheets team (both ex-Writely). Nothing ground-breaking, but it is interesting to hear about their thoughts on Ajax: Browser compatibility issues – like the early graphic Web Next was a question about browser compatibility issues and how that Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:25 am

3.9 rating from 16 votes

Friday, November 17th, 2006

ACAP: Making Ajax Search Friendly

Category: Editorial

Peter Illes has posted on handling search crawlers within an Ajax application. He discusses ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol), a new initiative from the international publishing community to turn the challenges facing the industry from web technologies (especially search) into opportunities in a win-win way, and as a side effect can help Web Applications out, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am
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3.4 rating from 14 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Category: Accessibility, Editorial, Mobile, Rails

Phil Greenspun bemoans the difficulty of running modern web apps from his sidekick. My Motorola/Windows XP phone began to die after two years. Wanting something that would let me keep in touch with friends over AOL Instant Messenger, I got a T-Mobile Sidekick. I was reluctant to get a non-flip phone, but so far I Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:29 pm

3.9 rating from 23 votes

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Phobos: Does Sun have a good thing under its nose?

Category: Editorial

There have been a lot of discussions on JavaScript on the server side, which naturally comes up as an idea when you consider: Some argue that JavaScript is becoming the platform, more-so than the JVM or the CLR. With Ajax, Flash, and Apollo, this could become even MORE true. Many developers (have to) know JavaScript Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:23 am

4.1 rating from 28 votes

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Python in ASP.NET

Category: .NET, Editorial

Darryl Taft reported that “In a session at the DevConnections conference here, David Ebbo, an architect on Microsoft’s CLR (Common Language Runtime) dynamic language team, and Jeff King, a program manager in the Microsoft Developer Division, discussed how Microsoft has implemented IronPython on the company’s ASP.NET platform.” In addition, Ebbo said his team has delivered Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:20 am

4.5 rating from 120 votes

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Is Converging Towards the Desktop Good?

Category: Editorial, Usability

Aza Raskin spoke at The Ajax Experience about the desktop being dead. The talk was entertaining, and he kindly posted his slides. He has followed up the talk with a question: Is Converging Towards the Desktop Good? in which he takes the side of “No.”. He comes out against recreating windowing toolkits in JavaScript, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:43 am

3.7 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Ajax and Security – Discuss

Category: Books, Editorial, Remoting, Security, Testing, The Ajax Experience

Often when you hear discussions regarding Ajax and security, its said that the issues remain the same as they were ten years ago: don’t trust user input, don’t expose sensitive data without encryption, code for security from day one, never display system errors messages, etc. While that is all true and good, one thing I Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 8:00 am

3.4 rating from 41 votes

Web Design is 95% Typography

Category: CSS, Editorial, Usability

This is a touch off-topic, but important for those that want to build killer web applications :) The iA folks have written a post on Web Design is 95% Typography (including a follow up part two). 95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:37 am

4 rating from 38 votes

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Remote Scripting Transport Patent

Category: Editorial

In yet another example of “Man we need to revamp the patent office and get a process that has a clue” Brent Ashley has pointed out the Patently Obvious: Douglas Crockford points out at the top of his blog that a patent was applied for in 2001 and awarded late last year covering using the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:27 am

3.9 rating from 16 votes

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Is it time for a Web OS yet?

Category: Editorial

David Kushner has writen a piece on Blake Ross, and his new product Parakey that is: a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do.” Translation: it makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. Most or all of Parakey will be open source, under a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:30 am

3.7 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Secure Ajax Mashups with the <module> tag

Category: Editorial

Douglas Crockford had a great talk at the show last week surrounding JSON, and how we can get to a place where secure ajax mashups are possible. Brent Ashley just posted about the situation: Take XMLHttpRequest – calls are limited to the server where the current page originated. Can’t mash up without proxying through the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:20 am

3.2 rating from 24 votes

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Mobilizing Web 2.0

Category: Editorial, Mobile

This article argues Web 2.0 apps don’t automatically translate to the mobile phone – you have to re-think the UI, maybe even throw away the browser altogether. “Beware of naive copying of PC services,” said David Wood, executive vice president of research for Symbian Ltd. “Some don’t translate.” He was speaking Wednesday at the Symbian Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:10 pm
1 Comment

3.8 rating from 17 votes

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Caring about quality in our JavaScript libraries

Category: Editorial

What do we seem to care about in JavaScript libraries that come out? Anecdotally it seems that the top items are: Nice API: We want a nice simple well thoughtout API. File size: If it is under 3KB it must be good :) Documentation: Please! Components / plugins that can do a lot of stuff Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:03 am

3.7 rating from 40 votes