Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Backbase Ajaxian RSS Reader

Category: Showcase

Backbase has another nice demo on their site. Their RSS Reader is available for download, including the server-side PHP code. You can check out the online demo that got our attention as they put our feed up there (thanks guys!). You can show/hide various feeds, and you will also notice they use the Fade Anything Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:09 pm
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Accessible Speaking Forms

Category: Accessibility

Bob Easton has summarized research on how to build the best accessible speaking forms. The best practices are simple. Use the structural elements we’ve been given. Legends and labels are structural elements; highly recommended. Title attributes are very poor substitutes. The only reason to use them is as redundant information in the hopes that older Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:40 pm
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3.2 rating from 6 votes

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

Zimbra Collaboration Suite Open Source Project Beta Launch

Category: Email, Showcase

Just today, someone was asking why there wasn’t an open source ajaxian email system. Now there is with Zimbra. Zimbra is a community for building and maintaining next generation collaboration technology. Currently, this technology is available as a beta version. At Zimbra, our goal is to make e-mail, calendar, contacts and other communications technologies the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:22 am
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3.4 rating from 16 votes

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Safari 2.0.1: No longer an Ajaxian pain?

Category: Browsers, Editorial

Mention Safari to many JavaScripters, and they sigh. Look at many frameworks, libraries, and components, and you don’t see Safari on the list of supported browsers half the time. Alex Russell sees some hope with Safari 2.0.1 and maybe beyond? After much discussion recently with Erik, we decided that Safari was a lost cause when Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:57 pm
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Friday Fun: JavaScript Super Mario Brothers

Category: Fun

Why not waste your Friday away playing a Japanese version of Super Maryo Brothers ( via Michael Mahemoff )

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 am
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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
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MathEclipse: Ajaxian Symbolic Calculator

Category: Showcase

Have you ever needed to do matrix multiplication in JavaScript ({{1,2},{3,4}}.{{1,2},{3,-4}}), or K-th Partitions (KPartitions[{a,b,c,d,e},3])? Now, we have an ajaxian symbolic calculator from Axel Kramer called MathEclipse. It’s an open source project at sf.net, and features: JavaScript auto-complete in the text-area (type ‘sin’ for example) Tomcat/Java servlet engine at the backend the math engine should Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:49 am
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Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Niceforms: Pretty up your web forms

Category: CSS, Examples, JavaScript, UI

Web forms. Everybody knows web forms. Each day we have to fill in some information in a web form, be it a simple login to your webmail application, an online purchase or signing up for a website. They are the basic (and pretty much the only) way of gathering information on the web. You basically Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:29 pm
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Writely: Web Word Processor

Category: Component, RichTextWidget, Showcase

We have had a lot of interest in Writely, a web word processor. Writely gives you a Word-like interface that appears just in your browser, and lets you: Create documents (you would hope, wouldn’t you?:) Share documents Joint editing Visit the Writely home page Go on the tour

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:53 am
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3.3 rating from 13 votes

Showcase: Pick’Em Game

Category: JavaScript, Ruby, Showcase

John Carlin has created an ajaxian Football Pick’Em Game. It is a nice example of how Ajax can encapsulate your small application in one page. You simply pick the teams, and drag and drop them around! The game was built with Ruby on Rails and Scriptaculous.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:07 am
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The Hows and Whys of Degradable Ajax

Category: Accessibility, Articles

Amidst the cheer at the rise of the Ajaxian nation, we quickly found those who were not happy. “Your land is flawed”, they cried. “Although you the best of the best in certain situations, only certain citizens get these benefits”. “What about catering to the entire community!” Valid points were raised. Ryan Campbell has written Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:03 am
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Simple Ajax with MochiKit and JSON

Category: Articles, JavaScript, Library

Andrew Gross has written part one of a series of tutorials on using the MochiKit JavaScript framework to write Ajax web applications. The article goes into creating the beginnings of a Blog system: function BlogPost(info) { bindMethods(this); this.info = info; } BlogPost.prototype.makeDiv = function() { return DIV({‘class’ : ‘blogpost’}, H2(null, this.info.title), HR(), SPAN(null, this.info.content), BR(), Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:00 am
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Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

SuggestBox: Free Ajax Component

Category: Component, JavaScript

Giorgio Braga has just released SuggestBox, a freeware AJAX component that can give to any web page the power of Google Suggest referred to own database tables. How to use it Add span tags with a SUGGEST attribute (e.g. <SPAN SUGGEST ID=”author”></SPAN>) Add the JavaScript libraries ( <SCRIPT LANGUAGE=”javascript” SRC=”SBinfo.js”></SCRIPT> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE=”javascript” SRC=”SBcode.js”></SCRIPT>) On the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:45 pm
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3.8 rating from 13 votes

Showcase: Bandnews.org

Category: Showcase

Max Kiesler pointed us to Bandnews.org, a site that uses Ajax in a clean and simple way. Bandnews is a website which aggregates music news live from the web and allows you to save your personal favorites or add new bands to track. Scout, which is the bandnews bot collects the news from official band Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:15 am
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Top 10 Ajax Applications from a VC perspective

Category: Editorial

Dan Grossman, a VC from NYC, has put up his opinion on the top 10 Ajax appicatons: Kiko. A general purpose online calendar. Elegant interface and design. API coming soon. Backbase’s RSS Reader. Only a demo, so you can’t add your own feeds. Still, very nice. Backpack. To do list organizer and simple project management Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:01 am
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WikiWYG: Rich Text Widget

Category: Library, RichTextWidget

Casey West has created WikiWYG. Wikiwyg is the simple way to add Wysiwyg editing to your existing social software project. You attach a WYSIWYG editor to any content area (div) that you wish to allow people to edit. There are three modes available for a piece of content: Wysiwyg mode – Simple, HTML, Design Mode Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:48 am
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