Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Best practice for Asynchronous Javascript

Category: Editorial

Nick Lothian ran into issues with the A in Ajax: One thing I see missing from most of the discussions about AJAX is implicit in its name: the calls are Asynchronous. This introduces the potential for some very nasty bugs when the state of the view is different to the state when the remote method Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:09 pm
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Showcase: PressDisplay Ajax Viewer

Category: Showcase

NewspaperDirect has a really cool Ajaxian news viewer, PressDisplay. The Ajaxian Viewer definitely took a lot of its UI tricks from the Adobe PDF plugin itself. I would bet that a bunch of people think that they ARE just showing PDFs.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:59 pm
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“Ajax is rocket science”. “Ajax isn’t simple”. Enough already!

Category: Editorial

Infoworld wrote their piece on Ajax a little bit ago. One area of the article goes into how hard Ajax is: Ajax isn’t simple. It can include more than two Web languages plus other code, including JavaScript, Dynamic HTML, and a Microsoft-created routine called XMLHttpRequest. Since Ajax apps are cobbled together from freely available technologies, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:00 pm
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JavaScript Benchmarking

Category: JavaScript

As we get more and more interest in Ajax, and more of the web app runs via the JavaScript engine in the browsers, people are trying to see how they can perform. One recent benchmark discusses the performance of XSLT in IE, Firefox, and compares it to native JavaScript approaches. Conclusion So for the best Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:41 am
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Monday, July 11th, 2005

Sun Java Creator 2 and Ajax

Category: Java

Sun has a lot of Ajaxian components and support in their new Creator 2 tool, and they were showing it off in a keynote at JavaOne. Tor Norbye has also just written up a paper on his demo in which he goes into detail on their Ajaxian components. Read more about Creator 2 Downlaod the Read the rest…

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Yahoo! Mail: Revenge of the Oddpost

Category: Editorial

Yahoo! grabbed the Oddpost guys, who built an insane JavaScript client library, which they used to build a web based email client that looks like Outlook. Everyone has been wondering when their influence will be seen on Yahoo! Mail itself. They have done a couple of things, such as auto-completion of addresses, but what about Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:06 am
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Showcase: JotSpot Live

Category: Showcase

The Jot folks are really getting into Ajax. Firstly they talked about howJotSpot does AJAX, Dojo-Style, which makes sense since Alex Russell works over there. Then they talked about JotSpot Live, which is: a real-time wiki interface that allows multiple users to edit the same page at the same time. Calling it “SubEthaEdit for the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:46 am
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Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Showcase: Apple.com iTunes Counter

Category: Showcase

Apple.com is currently displaying an iTunes Counter that shows the number of songs downloaded, counting to the 500 million song mark. The countdown actually uses Ajax to grab the counts from an XML that is generated and put on the server at http://www.apple.com/itunes/external_counter.xml: <root> <count name=”curCount” timestamp=”Thu, 07 Jul 2005 04:51:01 GMT”>484126216</count> <count name=”preCount” timestamp=”Thu, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:05 am
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How DWR handles XML

Category: Java

Joe Walker, founder of DWR (Direct Web Remoting), discusses the X in Ajax, and how DWR handles it. DWR works a bit like RMI except that instead of having 2 Java systems talking to each other using JRMP you have a web browser and a web server talking using AJAX/HTTP. DWR marshalls all the Java Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:04 am
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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Rails 0.13: Ajax in Rails Update

Category: Ruby

The Rails team have churned out a bunch of new features and fixes for the 0.13 release: performance improvements, easier caching, named routes, and the additions to the render() method. There is also a lot of new Ajaxian components in there: Ajax: Visual effects, drag’n’drop, sortable lists, auto-completing text fields Thomas Fuchs is the latest Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:20 pm
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XAB Toolkit: Generating a base Ajax application

Category: Toolkit

The XAB Toolkit is a system for building AJAX type applications with Mozilla, SOAP, PHP and MySQL. XAB is designed with the intentention of building intranet and extranet type applications and not those for general web useage. It requires the SOAP interface features in Mozilla and a lot of javascript. For now there is no Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:04 am
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Prototyping Desktop Apps with Ajax

Category: Editorial

Michael Mahemoff has discussed Tony Darugar’s points on using Ajax as a prototyping stop-gap: As I went to download Tcl/Tk, it occured (sic.) to me that I could use AJAX. All I’m looking for is a simple screen that displays each record in turn. I can slap together the HTML page in no time. I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:11 am
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

Ajax and VoiceXML

Category: Articles

Brad Porter was asked: AJAX has rapidly changed how developers look at web UIs. Are any of the AJAX advantages possible in VoiceXML?. He had a lot to reply with, and it was a resounding YES: Let’s walk through an example that uses AJAX to list your RSS feed in your web page and your Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:53 am
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Ajaxified Movable Type Weblog

Category: Showcase

WordPress came out with an Ajax based blog comment system. Now it is time for Movable Type to have one created for it. Gadgetopia found that example, which has recently been updated to include live preview features. Check out the test blog entry where you can put in test data to play

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:31 am
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

Microsoft Atlas: Information from Scott Guthrie

Category: .NET

Scott Guthrie of Microsoft, spoke in behalf of the Web Platform and Tools Team on Microsoft Atlas. He goes into detail on the pieces that will come from Atlas: Atlas Client Script Framework: For ASP.NET applications, we are planning on building a new set of AJAX-style ASP.NET Server Controls, and enhancing our existing ASP.NET page Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:25 pm
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Google Maps: Now with a nice API

Category: Library, Mapping

Ever since Google Maps came out, hackers came along to write Housing Maps, and many other hacks on top of the mapping infrastructure. However, what is Google made changes? Everything could break. Does Google want you to do this? Now we have answers. Google released official APIs for Google Maps. So, now we can write Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:31 pm
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