Archive for May, 2010

Google Docs is Getting Fancy!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Okay, recently I slammed Google Wave for not offering some basic features like “Send Email” or “Print”.  But maybe its just a matter of time.  Look at what is happening over at Google Docs.  They have added some pretty nifty features.  Docs is adding drawings, faster spreadsheets, footnotes, document translation, even snap to grid.  The list of new features is long and definitely worth a look.

As for Google Wave?  Still waiting…

Apple Responds to Adobe Hearting Them

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Adobe hearts Choice.

Adobe hearts open markets.

Adobe hearts Apple.

And what about Apple?

Freaking brilliant. Credit goes to Zeldman.com.

Video: The History of HTML5

Friday, May 14th, 2010

One of the two videos from the May 4th meeting is posted. My presentation on The History of HTML5 is available here. Also see the presentation.

A reminder that Club AJAX is using the awesome BetterVideo™ player and hosting. The player has been updated with new controls (fullscreen) and social tools, so you can post the video via email, Twitter, Facebook, or grab the code and post it on your page.

Mock Data Randomizer

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010


A common step in the development cycle is to substitute fake data until real data is created, generated, or the API is set up to retrieve it. Creating this fake data isn’t usually difficult, but it can be a tedious and repetitive task. Club AJAX has added a new library item to create mock data for use in application development. Using the Club AJAX Randomizer, you can easily generate random numbers, booleans, colors, dates, characters, words, sentences, titles, names, and even website names. Helper functions are also available to scramble or return random elements from your own data.
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Google Wave – A Paper Tsunami?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

For those of you who haven’t checked out Google’s Wave, you should. Wave is many things, but if I had to give it a label, I would call it an excellent Document Collaboration Commander! Wave is the first place I go to write my blogs. It helps to jot down notes quickly; it keeps the document on the internet so I have access to it from any computer; and allowing a friend to review my blog is as easy as adding them as a participant (thanks Mike). When Mike and I need to write something for Club AJAX, we jump on Wave and both start banging out ideas. We don’t have to worry about duplicated efforts, because we can see what the other is writing, even as we are writing it. In fact, this synchronization usually propagates more ideas. You’ve heard me trumpet the paperless office before – think how much money Wave saves you from the multiple times of printing that document, proofing, highlighting edits, scribbling in the margins, changing, saving, and reprinting. Wave is a fantastic, free productivity and collaboration tool. But is it all that it could be?

Google Wave - A Paper Tsunami?

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Presentation: The History of HTML5

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Now available is my presentation from Tuesday’s meeting, The History of HTML5. The idea of this was actually born out of research into the battle over Flash between Apple and Adobe. It turns out that if you look at the overall timeline of HTML and what the browsers have gone through in regard to competition and standards bodies, you’d have a better understanding as to why Apple is acting as they are.

The presentation is available here. It’s one of my more colorful ones. Enjoy!