Friday, May 27th, 2005

Example: Cojax, an ajax style code viewer

Category: Ajax, Examples, JavaScript, Showcase

Scott Watermasysk and co put together a nice example of Ajax called Cojax. Cojax is an ajaxian source code viewer which consists of: Left hand tree structure which represents the source code files/directories On demand retrieval of particular source code, which is color coded nicely Firefox “Loading *” usability pattern It would be nice to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:07 am
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3.6 rating from 17 votes

Example: Ajax Advocates show rich widgets

Category: Ajax, Component, Examples, JavaScript, Library

A new site, Ajax Advocates, has a nice example of some rich Ajax. They put together “BlahBlah Finance!”, which consists of a rich UI component containing: Pure HTML running on Apache Object Oriented Javascript AJAX techniques to refresh Stock price Drag-drop column headers to move position of columns Excel-style grid navigation, with Undo functionality Ability Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:05 am

2.9 rating from 30 votes

Article: Errors and Ajax

Category: Ajax, Articles, JavaScript

O’Reilly’s has a piece that discusses the magic of try {} catch(e) {} finally {}, and window.onerror = handleError. The article shows examples in the realm of Ajax, and XMLHttpRequest, but it is more generic than that (and even has Perl code ;)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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3.4 rating from 10 votes

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

WICK: Web Input Completion Kit

Category: Examples, JavaScript, Library

This is WICK, the Web Input Completion Kit, an evolving framework that leverages web standards such as JavaScript, DOM and CSS to facilitate textual input in form UI elements assisted by local and remote data sources. This framework strives to remain unobtrusive and preserve a form’s semantics and accessibility. The sample page shows text input Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:10 am

3.1 rating from 9 votes

SACK: Simple Ajax Code Kit

Category: Ajax, JavaScript, Toolkit

Gregory Wild-Smith has written about Ajax, and other toolkits such as SAJAX and Dojo weren’t for him: Anyhow, as I’m using AJAX a lot these days — both for side projects and at work — I thought I would develop a nice simple wrapper for it that does exactly what I want from it; namely Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:51 am
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3.9 rating from 35 votes

Showcase: Netflix using more and more Ajax

Category: Showcase

Netflix has a nice clean web UI. Now, they are using some Ajax, with more and more usage coming all the time.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:47 am
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3.3 rating from 15 votes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Messaging with Ajax and ActiveMQ

Category: Ajax, Java, Server

There is more afoot with messaging and Ajax. ActiveMQ is an open source MOM, and it now has support for Ajax. Ajax support in ActiveMQ builds on top of the REST connector for ActiveMQ which allows any web capable device to send or receive messages over JMS. Client side view On the client the web Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:02 am
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3.2 rating from 9 votes

Ajaxifying the Address Bar Interface

Category: Ajax

A lot of people are finding that the browser address bar is the new command line. Some people embed an address bar in their start menu, which means it is always there. Michael Mahemoff talks about taking this to the next level, and Ajaxifying the Address Bar Interface. Personally, I would love a QuickSilver-esque system.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am

3.5 rating from 16 votes

Example: Spell Check

Category: Ajax, Examples

Garrison Locke has put up an Ajax Spell Checker. This is another good use of client/server. You wouldn’t want to download an entire data dictionary down to the client, and now you don’t have too :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:32 am
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3.3 rating from 9 votes

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Ajax Slashdotted Again

Category: Ajax, JavaScript

Good ole /. has another posting claiming that the AJAX Buzzword Reinvigorates Javascript. Typically, the usual suspects are on the thread jumping up and down :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:35 pm
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3.5 rating from 2 votes

JavaScript Threading and Continuations

Category: JavaScript

Coming from a world such as Java, developers sometimes wish they had rich threading constructs. The f(m) project has gone ahead and implemented a threading construct / library for you to use. Threading is a double edged sword though. It is very easy to shoot yourself in the foot, and it brings in a lot Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:42 pm

3.4 rating from 37 votes

Dean Edwards’ IE7

Category: IE, JavaScript

Dean Edwards wishes that IE had decent CSS support, like us all. He went out and created a package called IE7, which tries to fix the box model, add XMLHttpRequest and DOMParser nicely, etc etc. The IE7 XML Extras is modelled on the Mozilla extras. Thanks Dean!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:50 am
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3 rating from 7 votes

Ajax Usability Mistakes

Category: Ajax, Usability

Alex Bosworth has written up 10 usability mistakes that he thinks Ajax developers make. Fortunately, these are not intrinsic to the Ajax platform so we can work around them. Not giving immediate visual cues for clicking widgets:There are many patterns emerging here, such as showing the Firefox/Apple spinning wheel next to widgets, when work is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:43 am

3.5 rating from 15 votes

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Google Maps Platform:

Category: Ajax

The Google Maps platform keeps soldering on. The latest cool innovative hack is It manages to munge and plot crime data onto maps. Here is an example. Nice work.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:12 pm
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3 rating from 5 votes

Showcase: Lace – Ajaxian Chat Service

Category: Ajax, Chat, Showcase

Chat clients often seem to be sample applications of new technology on the web. Ajax has had its share, and now there is Lace: a free Ajax experiment that implements a chat service. Lace is a free web communications experiment written in PHP, Javascript, XHTML and CSS. Lace takes advantage of XMLHttpRequest if it is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:49 am

3.7 rating from 14 votes

Server to Client callback via mod_pubsub

Category: JavaScript

A common issue that we have to work around, is when we would love to have the server-side of an application, call back into the client-side (browser). Obvious examples are real-time updates of data. We can of course use polling methods, and Ajax can come in to help with the polling, however this can be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:45 am

3.4 rating from 7 votes