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Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Remember, the Milk has spilled on your Gmail

Category: Firefox, Google, Showcase

We blogged about the Gmail helper API in November, and the good folks at Remember The Milk have used the API to add tasks to the Gmail interface in a nice mashup: Yup, that’s RTM in there! Remember The Milk for Gmail is a Firefox extension that lets you do all kinds of crazy cool Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:46 am
4 Comments

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3.9 rating from 22 votes

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Use the Google Chart API to create charts for your web applications

Category: Component, Google

I love simple APIs, and this one eats the pie. With the Google Chart API you can build a URL that will dynamically create a chart for you. This service is used internally for Google Finance, Google Video, and beyond. Now, anyone can use it! Although it is simple to use (just a darn URL Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:37 pm
19 Comments

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4.1 rating from 126 votes

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Widgets and Gadgets

Category: Google, Widgets, Yahoo!

We have had a couple of interesting announcements in the worlds of Widgadgets. First, Yahoo! launched a new version of the Widget platform: Yahoo! Widgets 4.5, and second, Google Gadgets have gone across another platform, with new support for the Mac and Dashboard. Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 What’s New for Widget developers: Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 now Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:00 pm
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2.6 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Wikipedia Offline with GearsMonkey

Category: Articles, Gears, Google, Offline, Showcase

Working on the Gears team we also run across applications that we would love to take offline. A lot of these applications aren’t Google’s so we thought it would be nice to be able to take third party apps offline. This also makes sense since Aaron Boodman (Mr. Greasemonkey) is co-tech lead on Gears itself! Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:24 am
10 Comments

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3.4 rating from 269 votes

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Gmail adds Greasemonkey Helper API

Category: Google, Library

We discussed the Gmail facelift (or is it a backlift?) last week. Subtle features have been noticed, and one is particularly cool for expert users. There have always been many Greasemonkey scripts to tweak your Gmail experience. You spend a lot of time in email, so it makes sense that you would want to optimize Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:07 am
1 Comment

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3.6 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Google Code Revamps with jQuery

Category: Google, JavaScript, jQuery, Showcase

We have revamped Google Code, the site which is the home to developers, and open source hosting. A ton of work went into cleaning up the UI integrating and unifying content, and simplifying. The site uses jQuery for a lot of its work, and also eats a lot of dogfood. The video below goes through Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:33 am
11 Comments

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3.9 rating from 76 votes

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

OpenSocial: Social JavaScript APIs

Category: Google, JavaScript

This is a site about technology for developers, so I won’t get into any politics on OpenSocial and Facebook. There is already more coverage on that than you could want to read. How is a social API interesting to Ajax developers? The main interface to the social data is through JavaScript. You can also use Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:35 am
3 Comments

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3.2 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Gmail gets a JavaScript facelift

Category: Google, Showcase

Dan Pupius is a stellar JavaScript developer at Google, and he has been knees deep in producing a new front end framework for Gmail which is now launching into the wild, and it is all about speed: We have also been fanatical about speed. Even on a fast Internet connection, it can take a second Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:05 am
11 Comments

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4.3 rating from 48 votes

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Blog.gears: An offline Blogger client using the new GData Blogger JavaScript Client

Category: Examples, Gears, Google, JavaScript, Screencast, Showcase

I was excited when Google announced their first JavaScript API that allows you to write back to a service. Now, they have released a Blogger client that does the same, which means that you can now manipulate your blog posts directly from JavaScript. Along with the release there are a few examples such as: A Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:37 pm
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4 rating from 24 votes

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Google Analytics expands tracking capabilities

Category: Ajax, Flash, Google, JavaScript

VentureBeat is reporting that Google has updated their popular Google Analytics service to begin tracking Ajax and Flash-based requests: The new additions reflect a growing feeling on the web that pageviews are a less important metric than they used to be. Google Analytics is opening a feature for beta testing that tracks user engagement with Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 7:00 am
8 Comments

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3 rating from 48 votes

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Making JavaScript Safe with Google Caja

Category: Google, Security

Douglas Crockford continues to bang the drum for securing JavaScript in his latest post: It is possible to make secure programming languages. Most language designers do not consider that possibility. JavaScript’s biggest weakness is that it is not secure. That puts JavaScript in very good company, but it puts web developers in an untenable position Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:58 am
12 Comments

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3.9 rating from 16 votes

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Checkers with the Isometric Game Engine

Category: Google, SVG

It’s Friday game day! Raphael has created an SVG based Checkers game using his Isometric Game Engine: The Isometric Game Engine is a project to make cool games you can run in your browser. Checkers is the first game made with the engine, involving essential game elements such as creating a board, moving pieces around Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:06 am
6 Comments

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3.4 rating from 49 votes

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Craigslist Tibco GI Remix

Category: Dojo, Google, Mapping, Offline, TIBCO

Luke Birdeau has remixed Craigslist to produce a desktop-esque Ajax application view on the data that adds features such as being able to save your favorites, add notes to them, and even use the app offline (e.g. take your laptop on the road to go see the stuff for sale of meet that blind date). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:02 am
12 Comments

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3.8 rating from 40 votes

Friday, September 28th, 2007

GWT and the iPhone sitting in a tree…

Category: Google, GWT, iPhone, Showcase

As soon as the iPhone was released, Bob Vawter of the GWT team had some fun playing around with the experience of creating iPhone applications within GWT. To do this, he wrote a demo application that uses the Ajax Feed API to read feeds. He open sourced the code, and wrote up a detailed article Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:53 am
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2.8 rating from 26 votes

Gears and the Mashup Problem

Category: Google, Presentation, Yahoo!

Douglas Crockford popped up the road from Sunnyvale to chat with Googlers on the topic of Gears and the Mashup Problem: Mashups are the most interesting innovation in software development in decades. … all » Unfortunately, the browser’s security model did not anticipate this development, so mashups are not safe if there is any confidential Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:22 am
13 Comments

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4.6 rating from 28 votes

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Vortex: A new offline abstraction on top of Google Gears

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Library, Offline

Brian Dunnington liked what he saw with the Dojo Offline Toolkit, and wanted to abstract it out so you could use functionality with any JavaScript library. He ended up with a new library called Vortex, a 10k JavaScript file that features: Ability to automatically detect referenced resources such as images, scripts, and stylesheets (including nested Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:06 pm
6 Comments

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3.9 rating from 17 votes