Utility


Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Buttonator – Drag & Drop Web Buttons

Category: UI, Utility

Creating an interface for your Ajax application is half of the struggle, so what is a graphically challenged individual supposed to do? Thankfully, there are resources like Buttonator.com out there to save the day. Buttonator is not about mid 90’s online button creation; it has taken a simple idea and made it useable for real Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:30 am
9 Comments

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3.5 rating from 55 votes

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

The Pyxy Gallery – an Ajax/PHP Project

Category: Utility

There’s a new kid in town for anyone looking for a simple, easy to use (and most importantly) clean image gallery to load onto their site – the Pyxy Gallery. The script is a package created in PHP using some advanced Javascript (and the Lightbox library) to pull off its interface and preview method. Prototype Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 2:07 pm
9 Comments

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3.3 rating from 142 votes

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

AjaxLaunch Readies their AjaxOS

Category: Ajax, Utility

From the group that brought AjaxWite and AjaxSketch to the web, AjaxLaunch, comes a seak peak at their latest project – the AjaxOS, a complete Ajax-enabled operating system (based on Linspire). In a few weeks we will be releasing the ajaxOS, a fully functional AJAX-aware operating system. The most exciting feature in ajaxOS is the Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 12:28 pm
44 Comments

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3.7 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Tapefailure.com – A History Recording Tool

Category: Utility, Web20

If you’ve ever wanted to just sit someone down and show them how to get to a certain section/feature on your site but couldn’t, you might be in luck. There’s a free service that’s offered to record the movements that you make on a page and play them back to anyone with the right URL Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:43 pm
4 Comments

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3.6 rating from 29 votes

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

An Ajax Powered Color Tool

Category: UI, Utility

Unfortunately, not all web developers are gifted with a sense of design and color. They code up their pages to work and plan on then worrying about “the fluff” around it when they’re done. Thankfully, there are several resources out there to help just such people, including this handy tool from Sharewonders.com. When you load Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 2:10 pm
13 Comments

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3.8 rating from 71 votes

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

A Live Look at Your Google PageRank

Category: Ajax, Utility

In the eternal quest for getting one’s website where more and more eyes can see it, there’s one number that a large part of the world looks to for the best idea of where they lie – the Google PageRank. According to Google, this number upholds the: uniquely democratic nature of the web by using Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 9:03 am
16 Comments

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3.6 rating from 40 votes

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Growing a Javascript Tree

Category: JavaScript, Utility

When debugging your Ajax (or other Javascript) applications, you can never have too much information. Sometimes, it helps to have things all laid out there before you can really see the issue at hand. This handy little script can help you get a better idea of what the Javascript on your page is really like. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:31 pm
9 Comments

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3.3 rating from 34 votes

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

JS Sorcerer: Check your JS code

Category: JavaScript, Utility

JS Sorcerer is a product that watches over your JavaScript code: It performs syntax checking, variable type and flow analysis on standalone JavaScript files, and provides type-safe linking for applications and projects that consist of multiple JavaScript files. It detects and reports errors at compile time, eliminating the need to invoke a browser simply to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:35 pm
4 Comments

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3.6 rating from 31 votes

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Xyle scope: CSS Tool for Analysis, Debugging, and Fine-tuning

Category: Utility

We ran across an interesting CSS tool called Xyle scope. Xyle scope is Mac software that gives you powerful debugging when developing Web applications. Take a look at the app in action: You can look at, and dynamically change the CSS in the right hand side, and watch the changes take effect in the Web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:52 am
8 Comments

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3.8 rating from 40 votes

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Selenium IDE 0.7 Released

Category: Firefox, Testing, Utility

Patrick Lightbody just posted about the release of Selenium IDE, the Firefox plugin which allows you to drive functional tests of your web application. This Firefox plugin is the best way to get started with web application testing. It is 100% functional by itself, or it can be used in combination with Selenium and any Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:50 am
18 Comments

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4.3 rating from 27 votes

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Transforming JSON

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Stefan Gössner has seen a need to transform the JSON format, similarly how we transform XML via XSLT. The implementation of JSON/T is by writing rules in JSON format itself. Example Given a JSON object such as: < View plain text > javascript { "link": {"uri":"http://company.com", "title":"company homepage" }} and transform it to: < View Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:16 am
4 Comments

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3.7 rating from 17 votes

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Ajax and CSS Optimization

Category: Editorial, Utility

The Zimbra team posted about how they compress and package their CSS and JavaScript for Ajax applications. They show how Digg.com could change their home page to go from: A Current Page: Total HTTP Requests: 26 Total Size: 199246 bytes Compressed: Total HTTP Requests: 13 Total Size: 70040 bytes What they do First some background Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:49 am
10 Comments

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4 rating from 33 votes

Monday, January 30th, 2006

getElementsByTagNames: note the plural

Category: Examples, JavaScript, Utility

Peter-Paul Koch has created a new script which implements getElementsByTagNames. HTML has several related elements with distinct tag names, like h1-h6 or input, select and textarea. getElementsByTagName works only on elements with the same tag name, so you cannot use it to get a list of all headers or all form fields. The getElementsByTagNames script Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:02 pm
6 Comments

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4.2 rating from 34 votes

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Major Blummy update – blummyWiki

Category: Showcase, Utility

The always prolific Alexander Kirk has released a major update to Blummy, which we originally reported on in October. Think of Blummy as bookmarklets on steroids. The key feature of this update is blummyWiki, which adds an in page wiki available across computers and web sites (the wiki is the bottom half of the green Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:10 am
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3.9 rating from 13 votes

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

FireBug: “It’s not your Grandma’s Javascript Console.”

Category: Utility

FireBug is a new tool for Firefox that aids with debugging Javascript, DHTML, and Ajax. It is like a combination of the Javascript Console, DOM Inspector, and a command line Javascript interpreter. Features Log DOM Elements With Your Mouse Using the “Pick Element” tool, you can click DOM Elements in the page to print them Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:01 pm
18 Comments

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4.3 rating from 40 votes

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Safari announces new Web Inspector

Category: Browsers, Utility

WebKit (the engine that powers Safari) now has a new DOM browser, Web Inspector. You have been able to turn on the debug menu in Safari via: % defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1 and with this you can get a view of the current DOM in string form (think: view source NOW). Web Inspector goes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:47 pm
2 Comments

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3.7 rating from 15 votes