Monday, April 14th, 2008

Appcelerator on App Engine

Category: Google, JavaScript, Showcase

I had a funny feeling that we would see frameworks and tools starting to support Google App Engine. Appcelerator has added support into their SDK, so you can now create an App Engine project. They just ported Tejus’s appTunes demo to the App Engine and deployed it at The example uses embedded Flex components Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:19 am
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3.9 rating from 28 votes

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Dojo-Mini and the Feature Explorer

Category: Dojo, Showcase

Above is the breakdown from the Dojo distribution. Peter Higgins was working on an AIR application using the new Dojo AIR integration and wanted to do a better job at stripping down the Dojo build for what he needed. He ended up with a set of scripts to create a custom build nicely which includes: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:27 am
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4 rating from 46 votes

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

qGallery: Prototype gallery application

Category: JavaScript, Prototype, Showcase

Sebastian Brink has developed a nice looking gallery application called qGallery It is really simple to use you just have to upload your images in full resolution together with a simple xml file and include the script and a simple div into the webpage. Everything else is done automatically. The gallery is creating every used Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:15 am

4.2 rating from 77 votes

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Google Docs now runs offline with Gears

Category: Gears, Showcase

Being able to have your documents stored up in the cloud, but also saved away for the time where you don’t have connectivity is important, and today the Google Docs team supports local service via Google Gears. I have been using this ability for awhile, and I have personally seen a couple of side effects: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:15 pm

4.8 rating from 20 votes

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

When rich websites go bad…

Category: Fun, Showcase

We love to showcase good uses of Ajax, but sometimes you have to show the anti-patterns too. Hema is a dutch company that recently tried to revamp their online site, but went a little too far.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:46 pm

3.9 rating from 52 votes

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

HotRuby: Run Ruby on a JavaScript interpreter?

Category: JavaScript, Library, Ruby, Showcase

This is from the “wow, really?” department. HotRuby is an implementation of Ruby in JavaScript! The way it works is that a HotRuby “VM” takes the resulting output from YARV and can grok it via JSON: < View plain text > ruby VM::InstructionSequence.compile(cgi[‘src’], "src", 1, OutputCompileOption).to_a.to_json Thus, you can embed Ruby by doing something like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:01 am

3.4 rating from 29 votes

Adobe Photoshop Express Launches

Category: Adobe, Flash, Showcase

The launch of Adobe Photoshop Express has been much anticipated. We are seeing the move of a large software company going from desktop to Web for a major application. As Erick Schonfeld points out “Photoshop Express is by no means just Photoshop ported onto the web.” I am a big fan of Picnik and for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:14 am

3.2 rating from 17 votes

Monday, March 24th, 2008

FaviconGrabber and Social Graph

Category: Flash, Showcase

Alistair Rutherford has written a nice looking Flex application that visualizes the Social Graph API: Alistair told us about the application, and some of the fun features: The initial version was a bit boring looking so I thought it would be nice to pull the ‘favicons’ for the sites returned in the results. I have Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:11 am
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3.3 rating from 13 votes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

An Ajax Ascii Art Generator

Category: Showcase

Thomas Hansen of the Gaia Ajax Widgets project took a look a the Asciify project that we posted about recently, and thought that Ajax could do just as good a job! So, he created an Ajax Ascii Art generator: So when I saw this Ajaxian Article about an ASCII art generator in Flash I felt Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:21 am
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3.9 rating from 42 votes

ShiftEdit: Live blogging tool

Category: Showcase

Jonathan Keebler has updated ShiftEdit to be a nice little live blogging tool. You can login via Facebook or Windows Live (what no OpenID? :) and then can start new live events. You can imagine going to a conference or a Steve-note and popping this bad boy up and typing away.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:46 am

3.6 rating from 10 votes

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Lessons learned from improving Google Code web site performance

Category: Google, Performance, Showcase

We went through Google Code and did a lot of work to get it running faster. The team used a lot of the principles from Steve Souders book: High Performance Web Sites and ended up with a nice gain: According to our latency measurement stats, the user-perceived latency on Google Code dropped quite a bit, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:58 pm

3.6 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

WiseMapping: More Ajax Mind Mapping

Category: Showcase, SVG

WiseMapping is the latest Ajax mind mapping tool developed by Paulo Veiga and three friends. Wise Mapping is a free web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps mixing new technologies like vectorial languages (SVG and VML) and the power of the whole Web 2.0 concept. The tools uses SVG and VML Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:21 am

4.1 rating from 22 votes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Me.dium shows off new IE 8 features

Category: IE, Showcase

Me.dium, the social browsing folks, have put together some examples using the new Activities and Web Slices features. You can install their Activity if you have IE 8, or you can take a look below: As part of Activities, Me.dium now offers a powerful “Social Discovery” Activity from any page. Me.dium’s “Discover” Activity gives you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:38 pm

3.9 rating from 15 votes

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Nextpoint: Taking Ajax to Court

Category: Prototype, Ruby, Scriptaculous, Showcase

I used to work in the healthcare sector, and was always amazed to see the amount of paperwork that was required. Literally paper work that is. The industry was full of drawers overflowing with paper. I imagine that the legal profession has its fair share of this too, but one company Nextpoint, is trying to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:01 am

4.1 rating from 44 votes

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Heroku: Web based Rails Hosting

Category: Prototype, Rails, Ruby, Showcase

Heroku is a new YCombinator startup that joins the growing number of “use your browser to build your apps” type of applications. You can create new Rails applications, and they are magically hosted up in the cloud. You can import your own Rails application, or you can use the inline editor and tools to built Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:28 am

3.2 rating from 31 votes

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Cartoon Comic Fun

Category: Showcase

I have been having a bit of fun with cartoons recently. There are a few good Ajax sites that help you do cartoons such as Toonlets, Toondoo (From AdventNet, the Indian company behind Zoho and others), and Pixton. And a bunch more over here. Got some fun ideas for Ajax related comics?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:16 pm
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3.3 rating from 36 votes