Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Reverse Autocomplete; The details matter

Category: LiveSearch

Autocomplete was one of the first Ajax patterns to come about. We often talk about how it looks, but the how it works part is what really matters. How smart is the algorithm to work out what you are completing against? How long do you go before you kick in to see a result? Does Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:23 am

3.8 rating from 40 votes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

jQuery API Browser Update

Category: jQuery, LiveSearch

Remy Sharp has revived the jQuery API browser at a new location. The old API browser hadn’t been updated since 1.1.3 and most other API browsers were running from the old doc structure (e.g. Remy added live searching and direct linking.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:40 am

4 rating from 26 votes

Monday, June 4th, 2007

An Entity Lookup that helps

Category: LiveSearch, Showcase, Utility

We have all been there. Trying to remember the darn HTML entity required. You can try to scroll through the massive list, or you can use a new tool by Remy Sharp that lets you type in a character that looks kinda like the thing you want. For example, if you type in “c” it Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:52 am

4.2 rating from 43 votes

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Live Filter Pattern

Category: Articles, LiveSearch

Peter Forde has written a piece on re-inventing search with a Live Filter pattern. The article talks about his reasoning behind filtering vs. alternatives like Live Search, and ends with a Live Filter demo. Implementation Many of the concepts in this article would be very difficult to implement without Ruby on Rails. Rails introduces the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:50 am

3 rating from 49 votes

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Logahead – A Fully Buzzword Compliant Blogging Engine

Category: LiveEdit, LiveSearch, PHP

Lots of comments have been flying around about a new completely “from the ground up” implementation of a blog that’s, as they put it, “fully buzzword compliant (AJAX, RSS, Web 2.0 – it’s all there)”. The Logahead blogging engine offers many of the regular features that blogging software provides, but has been reworked to make Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:43 am

3.4 rating from 50 votes

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 – live search for Amazon

Category: Examples, LiveSearch, Toolkit

Jeff Chausse has created, a quick and easy search engine for all of Amazon’s products. If you’ve ever gone through the dance of looking up a book on amazon, trying to clean the url, copying and pasting the image url, and then copying all that stuff to your blog, you will like this tool. Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:29 pm

3.2 rating from 31 votes

Monday, January 9th, 2006

egoSurf: background searching to stroke your ego

Category: LiveSearch, Showcase

egoSurf is going after the people that Google themselves. You can admit it! It does a nice job of running searches in the background, and constantly letting you know where you stand, and the progress. At the end of the job, it even comes up with Flash dials to give you a context to your Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:56 am

3.7 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Extra Tasty: Alcohol + Ajax

Category: LiveSearch, Showcase

Extra Tasty is the latest site by Skinny Corp. This community surrounds Alcohol, and shows you why Web 2.0 is here. We need to make things easier for alcoholics to use the web! There is definitely room for more Ajax on this site, especially around the collaboration features.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:16 pm

4 rating from 36 votes

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

FlightAware: Flight Tracking

Category: LiveSearch, Showcase

FlightAware is a site that lets you track flights, and get analysis. You can see live information about all flights that are going on, narrowing in on particular flights, or airports. There are numerous ajax features, including a lot of live search features. One interesting UI choice is telling the user “keep typing, I need Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:23 am
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2.9 rating from 8 votes

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Inquisitor Instant Search

Category: LiveSearch, Showcase

We loved Google Suggest, the Ajax mother compared to Google Maps, the father. Then we saw Yahoo! Instant Search, which was ok…. But now we have the best of both worlds, with a sleek Son of Search: Inquistor Instant Search. It gives you both “are you looking for” info a la Google, and search results Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:08 pm

3.5 rating from 15 votes

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Yahoo! Instant Search

Category: LiveSearch

Yahoo! has released an Instant Search Beta that searches via Ajax as you type. It differs from Google Suggest in that it isn’t queries that are shown, but actual search results. When I played with it, it was a little hard to know when it was going off and doing things, and the results were Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:03 am

2.8 rating from 8 votes

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Prototype LiveGrid now comes with XSLT

Category: Component, Library, LiveSearch, Prototype

Chris van de Steeg has upgraded his fork of LiveGrid so that it has xslt support and improved scrolling. Full Feature List We can still produce any HTML, in stead of fixed table-rows We now have XSLT support!!! I’m really happy with this one. It allows to haveany xml source as dataset for the grid. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:21 am

3.8 rating from 8 votes

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Struts-Layout Suggest

Category: Java, LiveSearch

The Struts-Layout tag library now allows you to put Suggest fields on your web pages: It is very easy to use: You only have to use a simple JSP tag: <layout:suggest suggestAction=”/getCountrySuggestions” key=”Country” styleId=”countryField” value=”” /> where “/getCountrySuggestions” is a Struts action in which you instantiate a collection containing the results matching the typed word. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:53 am
1 Comment

3.5 rating from 27 votes

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Ajaxed: Suggest Component Offered

Category: Component, LiveSearch, Showcase

A new site,, gives you the ability to customize a Google Suggest-like ajaxian component for your use. It will be interesting to see their next components are.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:23 am

3 rating from 15 votes

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Cloning Google Suggest with AjaxAC

Category: Component, LiveSearch, PHP

Google Suggest was a close second to Google Maps in terms of its impact in my own web UI design. I had no idea that sophisticated auto-completetion could be done round-trip to a server fast enough to deliver a good user experience. If you’re doing Ajax on PHP, you can learn how to implement Google Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 12:21 am

3.4 rating from 27 votes

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Showcase: Delicious Suggest

Category: Ajax, Component, JavaScript, LiveSearch, Showcase

Duncun Ponting lead me on to the recent change. They have added some nice ajaxian components to help you select tags for content. It is nice for them to show you what others have tagged, as it will probably help the community from using different names for everything, which makes it harder to grab Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:04 pm
1 Comment

2.8 rating from 23 votes