Archive for the ‘AJAX’ Category

Video: AJAX News, June 1, 2010

Friday, June 4th, 2010

AJAX news from June 1, 2010.  Lots of exciting things happened this month.  You can watch the video and follow along with the presentation!

Video: Optimize Your Website to Load Faster!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

One of the two videos from the June 1st meeting is posted. In this one, I go pretty deep into how to optimize your website. There’s a lot of energy in this one, and I’m surprised how much information I was able to cover; it should be enjoyable. The video is posted here, and to go along with the video is another one of my colorful presentations.

Faster Websites! Kill! Kill! - Mike Wilcox

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.

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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Weighted Random Number

Monday, April 26th, 2010

If you are new to JavaScript, the method to get a random number may be difficult to grasp. The built-in function Math.random() does not accept any arguments, and it returns a decimal between 0 (inclusive) and 1 (exclusive). Most often, we want a whole number, maybe to be used for accessing a random element in an array. Consequently, random generators usually have to be custom coded. But what if we want to get a more weighted distribution of random numbers? Say of a random number between 1-5 we want 1 to show more often than 5? Even if you are not new to JavaScript, determining the math to add a weight to a random result can be quite tricky.

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IE6 – The Kryptonite of Developers

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The credit for this pic goes entirely to SmashingMagazine, but I couldn’t resist having this picture posted on the blog, especially a few days after the Big Bang Theory post. Credit also to @notmessenger for showing it to Club AJAX.

Fixing the JavaScript Console

Monday, April 19th, 2010


Firebug, the massively successful Firefox addon is an awesome development tool, but it’s not perfect. Carelessness in using it can lead to irritating and even embarrasing errors. And the console built into Internet Explorer 8? It’s great that web developers finally have something to help us develop on IE, but it is still pretty lame. When you consider working with both of them both together, you have even more problems. In general, it’s very undesirable to have debugging code cause bugs. Fortunately, there’s a very simple way of virtually eliminating these debugging errors.

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New Club AJAX Video Series

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Last Tuesday’s meeting was a big success. Dion Hinchcliffe was fact filled, enlightening and entertaining as always. After the meeting I personally felt the urge to go back to my company and tell them all the business opportunities that are currently available. We are very proud and very lucky to have had him speak at our group!

If you missed it, do not fear. His presentation is available here (the main one – the other has not been made public). But even better – the video is posted here.

Of course, Club AJAX has posted plenty of videos before, but starting with this one they are now hosted and edited by BetterVideo™. No longer are they stationary camera shots. They are now professional edited and slickly produced! Going by the standards of YUI Theater, the new BetterVideo-produced Club AJAX videos exceed them in quality! Of course the video already had great content thanks to Dion, but now our videos are and will be that much more watchable.

Enjoy!