Thursday, January 10th, 2008

XSS: Flash and Rails

Category: Flash, Ruby, Security

A couple of good articles on XSS and security came out at the same time. One talks about XSS in Flash, and the other on Rails: XSS Vulnerabilities in Common Shockwave Flash Files Rich Cannings has written an article explaining the issue of XSS wrt Flash: Critical vulnerabilities exist in a large number of widely Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:14 pm
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3.1 rating from 15 votes

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Zed Shaw interview on Rails community, enterprise, Ajax, patents, and a whole lot more

Category: Podcasts, Rails, Ruby

Rob Sanheim sat down with Zed Shaw at RailsConf and had an hour long conversation with him that covered his thoughts on the Rails community, the role of the Enterprise, the state of Ajax, JRuby and Rubinius, documentation, tests, tooling, the role of patents in software, and a whole lot of opinion. It is very Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:55 pm

3 rating from 66 votes

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Placeshout: New Rails based Geo-cool site

Category: Mapping, Ruby, Showcase

Andre Lewis has a new site out there, Placeshout which offers a way to quickly call out your favourites place in various locations. You could argue that we have other places for this… Yelp for example, or My Maps themselves. So, why Placeshout? Sometimes, you just want a quick suggestion When Andre and I are Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:05 am

2.8 rating from 18 votes

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

RailsConf 2007 – Day 1

Category: Conferences, Rails, Ruby

RailsConf is underway in Portland, Oregon, and day one (Friday) is in the bag. The keynote by DHH covered what to expect from Rails 2.0. Front and center was an emphasis on RESTful development, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Rails lately. The big takeaway for ajax developers is that Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 5:03 pm

4 rating from 25 votes

Monday, May 14th, 2007

JS Commander: JavaScript console via proxy

Category: Library, Ruby

Shinya Kasatani has created JS Commander, an HTTP proxy server with a JavaScript console. You run the Ruby based proxy, configure a browser to use it, and then you get access to a command prompt to play with. There are also features such as supporting URL forwarding, allowing one browser to direct another. Obviously, for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am

3.4 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Toggl: Ajax based timetracker tool

Category: Rails, Ruby, Showcase

Alari Aho has created Toggl, an Ajax based timetracker tool written in Ruby on Rails that uses several Ajax tehniques, including pre-fetch and asynchronous postings.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:15 am

3.5 rating from 37 votes

Monday, February 19th, 2007

ZK Now Supports Javascript, Groovy, Ruby

Category: Framework, Java, JavaScript, Ruby

As promised, the latest release of ZK (ZK 2.3 RC) now supports more languages in zscript than just Java. It now supports Javascript, Groovy and Ruby. Futhermore, you can easily add support for a new language in half a day (maybe with some practice, no?) by extending a simple interpreter class. That’s assuming, of course, Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 9:30 am
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3.8 rating from 44 votes

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Crawling Ajax Applications

Category: Articles, JavaScript, Ruby

Shreeraj Shah has published a paper on Crawling Ajax-driven Web 2.0 Applications. Crawling web applications is one of the key phases of automated web application scanning. The objective of crawling is to collect all possible resources from the server in order to automate vulnerability detection on each of these resources. A resource that is overlooked Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:38 am

3.5 rating from 23 votes

Monday, January 15th, 2007

ShackPrices: Rails based Ajax real estate site

Category: Mapping, Ruby, Showcase

ShackPrices is a Seattle-area real estate Ajax application written using Rails by Galen Ward and team. If you do real estate, you need to mashup to Google Maps, but this goes beyond that. It is highly interactive, with lots of live filters and tools, and the back button seems to be handled really well.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:23 am

3.7 rating from 39 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

UJS Illustrated with Event Wax

Category: Library, Rails, Ruby, Unobtrusive JS

Dan Webb, one half of the team behind the Unobtrusive Javascript Plugin for Rails, posted an article on how he used UJS to develop a slick help sidebar for Event Wax. He first gets the help sidebar working using a traditional request for the whole page, and then he adds the ajax functionality via apply_behavior Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:30 am
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3.8 rating from 28 votes

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Rails RJS for Ajax 101

Category: Rails, Ruby

If you haven’t checked out RJS templates, Leon of fallenRogue has written up a walk through article of RJS templates in Rails or Ajax with ease a 101 .rjs walkthrough. The article walks through a new Rails project from scratch and simply adds some ajax goodness to the comment system: < View plain text > Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:14 pm

3.7 rating from 62 votes

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Unobtrusive Javascript for Rails (UJS) 0.3 Released

Category: Rails, Ruby, Toolkit, Unobtrusive JS

Luke Redpath and Dan Webb have released version 0.3 of their plugin for Rails to allow unobtrusive javascript. UJS now has its own dedicated website with docs and Trac. Discussion of this plugin on the official Rails blog shows there is interest in this plugin from members of Rails core, but it will most likely Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:46 pm
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4.2 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Unobtrusive Javascript and Ajax for Rails

Category: Accessibility, JavaScript, Ruby, Unobtrusive JS

Luke Redpath and Dan Web have released Unobtrusive Javascript for Rails. If you’ve spent time with the Rails javascript helpers, you know that they can be a huge time saver, but tend to produce some nasty code like this: < View plain text > javascript <form onsubmit="new Ajax.Request(‘/subscribe/add_ticker’, {asynchronous:true, evalScripts:true, onLoading:function(request){ticker_loading()}, parameters:Form.serialize(this)}); return false;" method="post" Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:39 am

3.5 rating from 40 votes

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Ajax File uploads to Amazon S3

Category: Articles, Dojo, Ruby

Raphael Bauduin has written about his experience converting a Rails remote form into a call that enables him to upload a file: File uploads are finally deployed! You can now specify in MyOwnDB that a detail of your entity is of the type “file”. This will let you attach a file to an entry, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:05 am

3.8 rating from 45 votes

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Juggernaut: Comet for Rails?

Category: Comet, Ruby, Toolkit

Alex MacCaw has released a plugin for Ruby on Rails that “aims to revolutionize your Rails app by letting the server initiate a connection and push data to the client. In other words your app can have a real time connection to the server with the advantage of instant updates.” The plugin Juggernaut initiates a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:41 am

4.1 rating from 11 votes

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Tuesday Morning Roundup

Category: JavaScript, Prototype, RichTextWidget, Ruby, Scriptaculous, Tip, WebKit

some stuff on Prototype, Safari and trailing commas, an Ajax design pattern, and a slide library

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 8:00 am

3.5 rating from 26 votes