Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

HTML 5 Parser Lands in Gecko

Category: HTML

John Resig has blogged about HTML 5 parsing and the news that Henri Sivonen (the chap who did the HTML 5 validator) has landed a massive commit to the trunk of Firefox that includes an HTML 5 parser. The method is quite interesting: What’s interesting about this particular implementation is that it’s actually an automated Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:27 am
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3.1 rating from 28 votes

Google Chrome OS: Web developers rule! :)

Category: Chrome

Google is getting into the operating system business (again) with Google Chrome OS. Palm put WebKit at the heart of a device with webOS, the Crunchpad talked about it for the netbook, and there have long been desktop-boot-to-browser devices out there. Google Chrome OS goes deeper: Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:14 am
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4 rating from 54 votes

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Open Web Tools Directory

Category: Canvas, Mozilla, Utility

Over at the Mozilla Labs blog, we just launched an “Open Web Tools Directory”. Running Ajaxian for the past few years, we’ve discussed a legion of developer tools of all shapes and sizes, but there are so many we’ve quickly lost track of all that’s available. With the Tools Directory, we hope to provide a Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 2:46 am
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3 rating from 41 votes

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Joyent Smart Platform: Auto-scaling Server Side JS

Category: Server

James Duncan of Joyent has been chatting about his awesome autoscaling JavaScript platform for awhile, and it just launched: The Smart Platform is an open source Platform-as-a-Service, allowing you to develop and deploy applications to the cloud, while letting the platform take care of all the system administration and scaling problems your application faces. You Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:59 pm
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2.9 rating from 15 votes

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

It’s Friday. Play some drums…. HTML5 style

Category: Examples, Sound

Brian Arnold created a fun sample drum machine simulator using HTML5 <audio>. < View plain text > javascript function playBeat() {     if (isPlaying) {         var nextBeat = 60000 / curTempo / 4;         // Turn off all lights on the tracker’s row         Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am
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3.6 rating from 31 votes

Machsend: P2P file sharing via Browser Plus

Category: Component, Yahoo!

Alex MacCaw has released Machsend, a Yahoo! Browser Plus plugin that enables P2P file transfers from inside the browser. It showcases what can be done with a BP plugin, leaving you wish cross browser functionality. I guess it is kinda fun to hack the browser :)

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:52 am
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3.1 rating from 14 votes

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

GChart 2.5: Faster, sharper, canvas-rendered, pie, line, and area charts

Category: Component, GWT, Library

John Gunther has released GChart 2.5, a client-side library that adds a new canvas-rendering option for sharper, better looking, alpha-transparent, pie, line, and area charts. John told us: Canvas-rendering corrects GChart’s most serious visual quality limitations (including the most often mentioned problem by its users: the banded-filled pie slice). Coupled with its existing feature set Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:44 am
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3.3 rating from 25 votes

More than you ever want to see about encoding

Category: Tip, Utility

Paul Baukaus linked to jsescape, a little form that shows escaping and unescaping across a number of encodings. Andrea Giammarchi had his own post on encodings in a different way…. as he talked about en-code which you can check out in action here on the page that lets you do simple encodings, especially for source Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:03 am
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3.4 rating from 18 votes

GeoMaker – geo locations as microformats or a map from texts or URLs

Category: JavaScript, JSON, Yahoo!

As preparation for an upcoming tech talk about Placemaker I thought it would be good to take a bit of the pain out of the geolocation service by making an interface for it. Placemaker works the following way: you post some content or a URL to it, it goes through the content or gets the Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 3:02 am
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3.8 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Modernizr: HTML5 and CSS3 detection

Category: HTML, Standards

Modernizr is a new library that detects various HTML5 and CSS3 features and lets you know so you can use them: Writing conditional CSS with Modernizr Now, once your page loads, Modernizr will run and go through all of its tests. It will automatically add all the classes to the <body> element of the page, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:29 pm
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4.2 rating from 24 votes

A whole lot of testing for JavaScript implementations

Category: JavaScript, Standards

A couple of releases related to unit testing and JavaScript came out on the same day. First, the JScript team posted a set of ECMAScript 5 tests…. 900 to be exact, and the focus on features that are new to ECMAScript 5. All of the tests are released under New BSD. Then, the V8 team Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:42 am
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3.9 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Firefox 3.5: The fastest fox has landed

Category: Browsers, Firefox

It is great to feel the good vibes at Mozilla HQ today as we launch Firefox 3.5! It is always an interesting ride to see a browser develop, and realize how complex and large the work is. Congrats to the browser developers out there who are working hard to make the Web better. With final Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:35 am
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4 rating from 83 votes

LABjs: Simple abstraction for loading dependencies correctly

Category: JavaScript, Performance

Kyle Simpson has developed LABjs, a library that lets you define your JavaScript file dependencies, and then loads them as efficiently as possible. Kyle told us: This project is a simple little tool (1.6k compressed!) for being able to load javascript files dynamically. It’s like a lot of similar projects where the goal is to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am
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4 rating from 40 votes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

New Sessions at The Ajax Experience 2009

Category: Ajaxian.com Announcements, Conferences, The Ajax Experience

Register now to lock in exclusive $300 savings for The Ajax Experience conference, September 14-16 in Boston, MA. It’s only been two weeks since we announced open registration for The Ajax Experience with the promise of additional sessions being added to the web site over the next few weeks. And while a number of your peers have Read the rest…

Posted by tberardi at 12:25 pm
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2.7 rating from 25 votes

MySpace open sources advanced browser performance tool for IE

Category: Browsers, IE, Performance

Developers tend to tease MySpace for its look, but the insiders are incredibly impressed by some of the engineering behind the scenes (e.g. their internal monitoring tools are said to be second to none). They have surprised us again with their new tool MSFast which is “a browser plugin that help developers to improve their Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:21 am
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4.5 rating from 37 votes

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Fun with text-shadow

Category: CSS, Examples

Zach Johnson is at it again, this time giving us a fun Friday treat with CSS text shadow, all via: < View plain text > javascript document.getElementById(‘text-shadow-box’).onmousemove = function(e) {     var xm = e.clientX – 300;     var ym = e.clientY – 175;     var d = Math.sqrt(xm*xm + ym*ym);   Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:26 am
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3.8 rating from 41 votes