Posts with keyword: ajax


Velocity 08: High Performance AJAX Applications

Julien Lecomte from Yahoo! is speaking about creating performant AJAX applications. The most important point: plan for performance from day 1. Interestingly many of his initial points are about telling the developer to work with the product manager and not just say "no." Julien references an Web Site Optimization: 13 Simple Steps by Stoyan Stefanov. Here's some tips: Less is more. Don't do unnecessary things. Break rules. Make compromises and break best practices when needed. For example, you might decide to forgo CSS. Especially CSS expressions. Work on improving perceived performance. Cheat by making users think things are done
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Google Web Toolkit

I just posted my interview with Bruce Johnson on the Google Web Toolkit. This was a fun interview and I learned a lot. GWT allows you to write AJAX applications in Java that then gets compiled to Javascript.
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Safari as a Development Platform

I just put a piece up at BTL with my thoughts of Apple's announcement that Safari will be the SDK for the iPhone. Bottom line: it's a sign of the times and a move in the right direction. Feel free to "vote" that the article is "worthwhile." :-)
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Schmedley

Paul Figgiani sent me a link to Schmedley. It's like the OS X dashboard inside the browser. The fact that you can do this kind of thing in a browser still amazes me. Update: I wrote more about Schmedley at BTL this afternoon.
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CTO Breakfast Report

We had the monthly CTO Breakfast this morning--perhaps for the last time in it's usually place. There was a good group present and some fun discussion. Bruce Fryer's brought up an ironic encounter with a word-of-mouth marketing company. The person who runs the marketing for a prominent WOM company somehow didn't get Linked-In and who social networks work. Funny. We got into a discussion of new media. I brought up the Bear Sterns report I blogged about the other day and it's breakdown of the media pipeline. There's a great opportunity in the "content packaging" space--although I wonder if
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AJAX Progress and Challenges

I just put up the latest installment of the Technometria podcast at IT Conversations on AJAX Progress and Challenges. A few months ago, Bruce Grant, Ben Galbraith, and Scott Lemon were all at my CTO breakfast and we had a really good discussion of AJAX issues. I decided continuing that discussion in the form of a podcast would be fun. We're all local, so I got everyone together in a conference room and we each put on a headset. The result was a great discussion of the history, current state, and likely future of AJAX, Comet, and other interactive
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AJAX Color Tool

Here's a nifty little AJAXy color tool demonstration. Once you pull out the tool, drag colors from the bottom of the box to the black boxes on the right hand side of the Web page to see the effect of that color on the layout.
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Alex Russell on Comet: Beyond AJAX (ETech 2006)

Alex Russell, who works at JotSpot and did the DOJO Toolkit for JavaScript is talking about Comet and low latency data to and from browsers (slides). The subtitle is "after AJAX." The goal is responsiveness. AJAX gives you half the answer. AJAX is about me. Social applications are driven by others--the multiuser web. How do we send the datagrams that users make to each other. To any one user, the server represents the other users. Because the Web is a multiuser experience, single interaction updates aren't enough. Users in the same "space" need live updates of their own changes
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Rails and Ajax for Page Application Development (ETech 2006 Tutorial)

I'm in David Heinemeier Hansson's tutorial on Beneath-the-Page Application Development with Rails. His Rails tutorial from last summer remains one of my most viewed blog entries. He starts out noting that AJAX is the most important innovation for the Web in years. But JavaScripting the DOM still sucks...a lot. JavaScripting the DOM is incompatible with how regular programmers think about programming. Part of the problem is the sorry state of browser. One line of change can lead to hours of regressions because of browser incompatibilities. Then there's the browser underworld (all the old, out of date browsers that are
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Ajax Logins

While over at the Ajaxian, I saw an interesting article from evolt.org about an Ajax-enabled login system by James Dam. There's a demo that shows how it works. The overall effect is quite nice, I think. Rather than flipping from page to page as you log in, the authentication is done from a single page. There are also some advantages from a security standpoint (most notably the password is hashed before it's transmitted to the server, unlike a forms approach). This would be excellent for blog comment forms and other places where people authenticate, but don't leave the page.
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Ben Galbraith: Ajaxian

Ben Galbraith is an Ajaxian. I met Ben when he was president of the Utah Java user's Group. Ben's also the author, along with Justin Gehtland and Dion Almaer, of Pragmatic Ajax : A Web 2.0 Primer. I've always been impressed with Ben's talks and writing, so I'm anxious to pick up a copy and see what he has to say.
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Ben Galbraith at UVLUG

Ben Galbraith will be speaking at the Utah Valley Linux Users Gpoup meeting next Saturday at 2pm. Ben's a good speaker and I'm sure this will be a great presentation. He's competing with the BYU/Utah game for audience though.
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