Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

“Don’t Waste Time” with Graphical Ajax Solutions

Category: Editorial, Flash, UI, Usability

ZDNet’s Ryan Stewart argues against performing interactive graphics with Ajax (i.e. standard web technologies). The article relates to my post on different techniques for graphics with Ajax (covered on Ajaxian). Michael responds that the main argument against Flash is the user base, then goes on to list the plusses and minuses of "richer plugins". You Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:44 pm

3.3 rating from 42 votes

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The Dangers of Cross-Domain Ajax with Flash

Category: Ajax, Flash

In this blog entry, Chris Shiflett takes another look at some of the dangers that can come up with cross-site Ajax via a Flash object embedded in the page. He mentions a previous discussion where Chris points out the filename-specific nature (crossdomain.xml) of this example. Julien (author of the example) replied in the affirmative that Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:51 am

3.9 rating from 37 votes

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Behr: Rich Color Choosing

Category: Flash, Showcase, Usability

We started to get interested in Ajax applications as a way to build better web products for users. A better experience. An example of an application that is hugely effective, is the space chooser application that you get when you pick out paint, or go to home depot. A good version of this is found Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:58 am

3.2 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Mike Potter Builds a Flash-y Ajax Site

Category: Ajax, Flash, PHP

On his blog today, Mike Potter shares an application and a tutorial that he’s worked up a simple Ajax-based site integrating Ajax, JSON, PHP, and Flex. With 90% of this being done with open source software (the only piece that is not open source, but is free (in terms of cost), is the Flex SDK), Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:19 pm

3.1 rating from 31 votes

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

JSSoundKit: Super-Easy Sound API

Category: Flash, Library

JSSoundKit is wraps the Flash Sound object, making it easy to incorporate sound into your Ajax apps. Really easy, in fact: < View plain text > javascript var mysound = new Sound(); mysound.loadSound("http://www.archive.org/download/Behind/SyncFilmicoBehind.mp3", true); mysound.setVolume(30); Sound is a great example of using Flash to achieve progressive enhancement – enhance the experience in those browsers that Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:14 am

4.1 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Flash versus Ajax – Keeping Score

Category: Ajax, Flash

Christian Stocker briefly mentions some notes from a talk given at the

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:43 pm

3.5 rating from 48 votes

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Flexstore: Flash, Ajax, Rails

Category: Flash, JavaScript, Ruby, Showcase

Christophe Coenraets has written a tutorial Flexstore on Rails. The tutorial takes Flexstore, a traditional shopping cart, and gets it going with Rails on the backend. The example is interesting in how it shows Flash and Ajax working together. The main catalog is a Flash application on the right hand side, and on the left Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:58 pm

3.6 rating from 46 votes

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Flex and Ajax: The Hybrid Store

Category: Adobe, Ajax, Flash

With the release of the latest version of Flex from Adobe Labs comes an enhanced version of the Flex-Ajax bridge. It’s this new bridge that Christophe Coenrates investigates in a new post on his blog. As an example of using Ajax and Flex together, I put together a hybrid version of Flexstore: The filter panel Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:48 am

3.9 rating from 35 votes

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Laszlo Demonstrates Ajax Runtime

Category: Flash, Toolkit

Back in December we discussed how Laszlo was going to target Ajax as well as Flash. Several people wrote in to tell us that yesterday, Laszlo released a demo of their Ajax renderer. Over at labs.openlaszlo.org, you can check out both Flash and Ajax versions of “LZPIX”, a graphical front-end to Flickr. It’s pretty amazing Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:16 am

3.8 rating from 25 votes

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Adobe Announces a Flex / Ajax Bridge

Category: Flash

Adobe has announced a new Flex / JavaScript bridge. We talked before about Adobe’s Flash / JavaScript bridge. They’ve taken it to the next level with a new Flex / JavaScript bridge. Whereas the original integration kit allowed for invocation of ActionScript functions and passing simple primitive values, this new bridge enables seamless integration of Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 3:05 pm

3.8 rating from 81 votes

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Cross-domain AJAX using Flash

Category: Flash, Programming

Julien Couvreur has written up a new post on his blog that talks about a method for geting Ajax scripts to talk back and forth between two domains – with a little help from Flash. TiwyFeeds, a recent AJAX project of mine, uses a Flash object for storing data on the client and also to Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:45 pm

3.9 rating from 31 votes

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Adobe Flex 2.0: Beta Released

Category: Flash, JavaScript

Adobe/Macromedia has released a public beta of Flex 2.0. This includes the new Flex Builder which is based on Eclipse. No more timeline in your face! Adobe Flex 2.0 delivers an integrated set of tools and technology enabling developers to build and deploy scalable rich Internet Applications. Flex provides a modern, standards-based language supporting common Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:35 pm

4 rating from 36 votes

Monday, January 9th, 2006

MeasureMap Flash Slider Released

Category: Component, Examples, Flash

Adaptive Path have kindly released a two bundles of the date slider widget that they use in Measure Map (which we covered in the past). The date slider is a Flash visualization that Measure Map uses as one way to navigate the site. We are happy to provide a version of this date slider to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:03 am

3.6 rating from 12 votes

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

RIFE/Laszlo 1.3.1 released

Category: Flash

Geert Bevin and the rifers recently released RIFE 1.3.1, and they just released RIFE/Laszlo 1.3.1, a companion piece. RIFE is getting a lot of press in the Java community as it is a totally different way to do Web, and allows you to have a continuations-based approach (a la Seaside). RIFE/Laszlo gives you a jump Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:11 pm

3.8 rating from 19 votes

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Etsy.com – dynamic shopping store for hand made items

Category: Editorial, Flash, Showcase

At thursday’s ajax event, one of the sites recommended for demo was Etsy.com. It bills itself as “the place to buy and sell all things handmade”. It has some of the most innovative ajax techniques I’ve seen on an ecommerce site. Make sure and check out the time machine (my favorite), color picker, and the Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:30 am

3.3 rating from 8 votes

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

AMFPHP: open-source Flash Remoting gateway

Category: Flash

We have another Flash Remoting gateway on the block. This one is open-source, and is called AMFPHP (PHP based). AMFPHP is an open-source implementation of the Flash Remoting framework. It’s fast, reliable, 100% free and open-source. With this new version we have strived to make a product as stable and full-featured as ColdFusion-based remoting (the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:37 am
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3.3 rating from 10 votes