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Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Google Calendar: CL2

Category: Google

Mike Arrington of TechCrunch has gotten leaked screenshots of Googles Ajax Calendar. CL2 is closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It includes now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, suscription feeds for integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation, search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more. It’s also clear from the event creation functionality Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:42 am
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4 rating from 46 votes

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Google’s Latest – GooglePages Ajaxed WYSIWYG Page Creator

Category: Google, Showcase

Google has posted (still in Beta, of course) their latest offering to the web community, Google Pages – a web-based WYSIWYG editor for implementing pages on their site. Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes. Google Page Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:31 am
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3.8 rating from 53 votes

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Event Driven IO JavaScript Hack in the new GTalk (in GMail)

Category: Examples, Google, JavaScript

One of the beauties of JavaScript is that you can crack open a .js file that is served up, and start to take it apart. Obfuscation? Phfff :) Alex Russell has done just that and asks: What else is burried down in the depth’s of Google’s amazing JavaScript?. Alex knows about the perils of pushing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:00 am
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4 rating from 36 votes

GoogleCloud.com: Ajax-driven Google Zeitgeist

Category: Google, Showcase

Martin Källström and his team have created a real-time Zeitgeist with Google Cloud. As people run searches, the cloud grows in real-time. You can also create your own private google cloud to keep amount your social network. That allows your group to keep in sync and find out the “cool things” that are being searched Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:20 am
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3.6 rating from 17 votes

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Google Teaches Gmail how to Talk

Category: Ajax, Google

A brand new feature will be greeting Gmail users when they log into their accounts in the form of a link between Google’s popular mail service and their Instant Messaging client, GTalk. Gmail learned to Talk. Now Gmail accounts are automatically enabled with chat features. You don’t have to do anything special, it just works. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:03 am
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4.1 rating from 30 votes

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Google Maps Mashup for Bus Routes

Category: Ajax, Google, Mapping

Take one part Google Maps, add in one part GPS technology, combine with a little bit of inventiveness and you’ll get one of the cooler (and more useful) little Ajax-enabled sites that I’ve seen in a while – Mapping out the busses on their routes around the University of Michiagan. The system grabs the GPS Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 4:25 pm
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3.7 rating from 45 votes

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Google Reader: Quicksilver for Labels

Category: Component, Google, Showcase

Google has added a nice new feature to their Google Reader. The feature is a nice UI widget to pick labels for your feeds. As a Mac user, the first piece of software that I would take with me to a desert island would be Quicksilver. It is beautiful, and it means that you no Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:34 am
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3.6 rating from 25 votes

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Google RSS Reader: Ajax and Continuations

Category: Editorial, Google

Niall Kennedy has disected the Google RSS Reader, which gives us a look into how Google does its thing. Nick Lothian then took this further, looking into the Ajax lens and finding out about how Google uses Ajax and continuations. So I was mucking around with Niall’s excellent reverse-engineering of the Google Reader, and I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:13 am
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3.6 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Paul Graham on Web 2.0 and Ajax

Category: Ajax, Google, Web20

Paul Graham’s latest essay on Web 2.0 is worth a read. He talks about the three componenents of web 2.0 – Ajax, democracy, and being good to your users. On Ajax: Basically, what “Ajax” means is “Javascript now works.” And on Microsoft’s slow reaction to the rise of Ajax and the resulting “leaked” memos: …the Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:29 am
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3.5 rating from 11 votes

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Google Reader: Ajaxian RSS reader

Category: Google, Showcase

Google announced Google Reader, an ajaxian RSS reader application. There have been a number of attempts at online readers, and this is a nice one. There are a couple of features that really make it interesting: Keyboard shortcuts Like GMail, the shortcuts matter. Hitting J and K especially to scroll through the feeds looks so Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:37 pm
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3.5 rating from 14 votes

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

gVisit.com: Google Map your site visitors

Category: Google, Mapping, Showcase

gVisit is a new ajaxian application that allows you to put a snippet of JavaScript in your pages, and then view the location of your site viewers to get a feel for where you are targetting. Kinda fun :) Update: take a look at yourself on the ajaxian.com tracking

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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2.8 rating from 8 votes

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Mapping UI: Flash vs. Ajax

Category: Flash, Google, Mapping

John Dowdell at Macromedia has hit out at Ajax compared to Flash for something like a mapping UI (Flash example here): I’m slow on this — Paul Neave posted it Friday — but it’s a great example of how a single, universal, and predictable graphics/interactivity engine can deliver a much more enjoyable user experience than Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:10 am
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3.9 rating from 25 votes

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Midnight Coders whip up an Ajaxian Google

Category: Examples, Google

We blogged about the release of WebORB from the midnight coders. Now they are out and about to show us how to do the odd thing. They built an ajaxian Google interface which has a search query text field sensitive to the user’s idle time, so as soon as you stop typing it sends out Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:29 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

ClearNova: Ajax Examples

Category: Examples, Google

ClearNova has some nice ajaxian examples: Ping: Ping sends the current date to the server. Basic AJAX functionality. See server console for date. Track Changes: As each field changes, the change is sent to the server. If all is well, the word OK shows up next to the field along with the text sent to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:23 am
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3.5 rating from 10 votes

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Will Ajax Threaten Windows Desktop?

Category: Editorial, Google

We know our tech is hyped when the question asked is Will Ajax Threaten Windows Desktop?. The Slashdot-ians have spoken everything that probably needs to be said there. Ajax is great, but I don’t think it will be the deployment platform for every rich application that exists. There IS Google Maps and Google Earth.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:38 pm
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3.3 rating from 6 votes

Monday, August 1st, 2005

IE 7 Reviews

Category: Browsers, Google, IE

Joe Walker of DWR has written about IE 7 reviews: Mezzoblue looks into the CSS bugs, which don’t appear to be fixed Can you run IE 7 and previous versions? The Register thinks IE 7 got naughty with Google/Y!. Scoble gets even, and IE Blog responds IE 7 Announcement Mozilla: IE 7 to boost Firefox Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:28 am
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3.3 rating from 6 votes