ajax

An embarrassment of RichIAs

Paul Bissex
First we had Shockwave, which begat Flash which begat Flex and Apollo, while meanwhile people have been busy doing Ajax. Of course Microsoft wants to get in on the action, and Sun does too — announcing JavaFX today. The name “JavaFX Script” is brilliant – now instead of just confusing Java and Javascript, people can confuse them with JavaFX too! Plus it sounds a little like “Flex” and has two As, a J and an X in it.

Meta-roundup of Javascript libraries

Paul Bissex
I was working on a sharp little post about the bewildering array of available Javascript libraries and how I had almost become resigned to collecting lists-of-lists-of-libraries for future analysis. Then, while I was mulling this over, a neato Javascript library demo I was running crashed Safari, taking my post with it. Lesson 1: I will remember to always use “Edit in TextMate” in the future. Lesson 2: I won’t get too excited about cramming my pages full of Javascript.

STFU

Paul Bissex
E-Scribe is not, strictly speaking, a standards organization. However, I think the time is right to release this draft document on an important Internet standard. The document is presented inline here for convenience; however, the preferred permanent reference is: http://e-scribe.com/stfu Recent trends in internet-based application development have fostered the rapid spread of asynchronous, Javascript-based techniques known by the umbrella term "Ajax" and by related terms such as "AHAH", "POX", and so on.

Baby steps with Ajax

Paul Bissex
I’ve tiptoed into the Web 2.0 world by adding a couple small Ajax features to the blog. First, there’s now a “More” link at the top of my Random Bookmarks sidebar which fetches another seven random links from the server and plugs them into the page without reloading. Second, I added a gratuitous animated roll-unroll toggle to the comment form, and made it closed by default. OK, that’s not Ajax, that’s just fluff.

Sort tables with sorttable.js

Paul Bissex
I’ve been enjoying listening to the “Audible Ajax” podcasts from Ajaxian lately. One of the older shows was a talk by Lugradio’s Stuart Langridge in which, in an aside, he mentioned a table sorting widget he had written. It sounded cool. When I got home I fired up the browser and found it: sorttable.js. Even though it’s over two years old and doubtless there are a bazillion Ajax (tm) toolkits that include supersets of this functionality, I find it to be a very elegant thing.