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Friday, October 27th, 2006

Integrating Maps into Your Java Web Application with Google Maps and Ajax

Category: Articles, Google, Mapping

John Ferguson Smart has written a nice article on Integrating Maps into Your Java Web Application with Google Maps and Ajax. The article focuses on the Google Maps API (the only server side piece is a simple Servlet), and takes you through learning the API, and then using more advanced techniques such as dynamic markers, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:24 am
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3.9 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Google Coop: Vertical Searching

Category: Google

Google has released a vertical searching product similar to Rollyo. We tried it out by putting in a few Ajax sites, and creating an Ajax search: There is also Ajax used inside the application itself. For example, when you add sites to narrow the searching, an in-window modal popup appears. I actually found it quick Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:58 am
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3.8 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Google Gadgets for your site

Category: Google

Google Gadgets used to be for Google pages. That has now changed. Now you can checkout the gadgets and download code to put on your own sites. Google Gadgets for the whole web has a few limitations, which gadget authors should be aware of when writing gadgets for third-party webpages. To ensure that your gadget Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:42 pm
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3.8 rating from 16 votes

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Tracking Ajax Requests in Analytics

Category: Google

People often complain about tracking Ajax requests in web stats programs. If you are crunching server logs it is a non-issue since all of those requests are seen exactly the same as a ‘normal’ web request. It comes into play with JavaScript based tracking. Google Analytics has a solution: With a typical HTML page, you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:00 am
7 Comments

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3.7 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

SearchMash: Googles playpen

Category: Google, Showcase

Google has a play pen at SearchMash, although you have to look at the privacy policy to find out (or WHOIS). Nathan Weinberg has written up a nice piece on Google running SearchMash, which covers the nice rich features: Type in the search box without actually clicking in it. The idea? There isn’t exactly anywhere Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:56 pm
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3 rating from 27 votes

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Yahoo! Browser-Based Authentication

Category: Google, Yahoo!

Yahoo! has released their Browser-Based Authentication system that: … makes it possible for your applications to use that data (with their permission). BBAuth also offers a Single Sign-On (SSO) facility so that existing Yahoo! users can use your services without having to complete yet another registration process. This service is similar to Googles Account Authentication Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:30 am
6 Comments

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3.8 rating from 18 votes

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Google Reader Fresh Look

Category: Google, Showcase

The initial Google Reader launched to mixed reviews. Google has learnt from some of the critisism and has launched a new beta that has many changes: Expanded view and list view Simplified sharing functionality Improved read-state management Infinite scrolling Unread counts Mark all as read and a bunch more… The list view stands out, as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:05 pm
10 Comments

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3.6 rating from 21 votes

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Google Image Labeler: Collaborative Tagging Game

Category: Ajax, Comet, Games, Google, GWT, Usability

Google has released Google Image Labeler, a streaming Ajax app that makes it fun to label (tag) images apparently built with GWT (via TechCrunch). It’s a real-time collaborative app, where you work with an online partner, assigned by Google, to look at the same image and decide on some labels together. It works like this: Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:53 am
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4.2 rating from 90 votes

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

GWT + JSF = G4jsf

Category: Google, JavaScript, Library

The Ajax2jsf open source project now has a spin off G4jsf subproject that allows you to build JSF components in GWT. Sergey Smirnov has written an article / tutorial on integrating the Google Web Toolkit with JSF using G4jsf: The Google Web Toolkit (GWT) has attracted a lot of attention lately as a way to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:27 am
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3.4 rating from 64 votes

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Google Pitching Services to Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Category: Google, Web20

This has been such a rolling press release that I’m not sure it qualifies as news anymore, but it’s in the New York Times so it must be news. Google announced today that it is providing a set of hosted applications for small to medium sized businesses. The beta service will be free for now, Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 3:59 pm
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4.1 rating from 24 votes

Friday, August 25th, 2006

New Friday for Friday: GWT

Category: Ajax, Books, Google, Remoting

Dave Thomas over at the Pragmatic Programmer let us know about a new Friday (i.e., short book that can be read entirely in a Friday afternoon) that they’ve published: Google Web Toolkit, by Ed Burnette. Dave was kind enough to provide us with an excerpt for distribution to our readers: Chapter 5 — Remote Procedure Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:19 am
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4.1 rating from 36 votes

Is Google Still The Ajax King?

Category: Ajax, Google

Back when Ajax was still just a gleam in most developer’s eyes and Web 2.0 hadn’t quite kicked into full swing, Google was there at the front, already integrating it into their applications and teaching the world how a little Javascript could make the user experience that much better. Times have changed, though, and other Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:54 am
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3.6 rating from 31 votes

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Interview: Google’s Bruce Johnson on the new GWT 1.1 Release

Category: Framework, Google, Interview

Over at InfoQ, they have a short interview up with GWT Tech Lead Bruce Johnson. The conversation covers the motivation behind the creation of the GWT, reasons for going with a Java to Javascript compiler rather than pure Java technology in the browser, and the blooming of various third party GWT widget libraries. I thought Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 1:12 pm
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3.4 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Real Time Satellite Tracking (with Google Maps)

Category: Google, Mapping

Amateur astronomers will enjoy this cool mashup combining the coordinates of several satellites with the power of the Google Maps to show real-time locations as each of them oribts the Earth. To start, simply select the satellite from the list at the top of the page and the map will track to its current location. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:10 am
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3.7 rating from 93 votes

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

GPokr: Ajax Poker App

Category: Google, Showcase

Ryan Dewsbury has written a multiplayer ajax poker application written with GWT. The front end is written with Java which the google web toolkit compiles to javascript. This is an impressive task that GWT does and so far, even though the toolkit is beta, seems seamless. The front end talks to a java servlet on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:35 am
13 Comments

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3.9 rating from 41 votes

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Google Paint

Category: Fun, Google

Google Paint is more Friday Fun :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:08 pm
11 Comments

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3.7 rating from 40 votes