Archive for the ‘AJAX’ Category

JavaScript: Private Variables are Evil

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

One of the more exciting discoveries in JavaScript programming was in 2001 when Douglas Crockford found the ability to create private variables in JavaScript. Granted, this was exciting, and as with any new toy, everybody started using them. Since then, you can’t find a book, tutorial or blog that doesn’t have some kind of “How to!!” showing how to do it. But, despite the excitement, private variables should be used in moderation at best.

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The iPad – A New Future in Business Begins…

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The prediction of the iPad has been around at least since the days of Star Trek. As Captain Kirk explored the final frontier solving intergalactic problems, he ever so effortlessly completed his paperwork. But it’s the future, where there is no paperwork. The yeoman hands Captain Kirk an electronic slate, complete with electronic pen at the top. Kirk signs the log almost subconsciously so he can get back to torpedoing Klingons into space dust.

The iPad - A New Future in Business Begins...

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Turns out JavaScript Really is a Toy

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Bob and I have been studying JavaScript for years, we’ve started this website and user group, and we’ve even gone to conferences to evangelize the language. However, after doing the research for my RIA post, I’ve come to the realization…

JavaScript really is a toy.

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Create modern Web sites using HTML5 and CSS3

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

IBM developerWorks has posted one of the more in depth tutorials on getting you up to speed with HTML5 and CSS3.

New features in HTML5

New features in CSS3

And much more including examples and demos. Very thorough reference.

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/web/tutorials/wa-html5/

The History of RIA Technologies

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The HTML5 specification includes more than just new tag markup; it also includes features such as input widgets, canvas, SVG, video, and audio – all powered by JavaScript. HTML5 is hot and being touted as the language du jour for building web applications. You can’t read the tech news stories today without seeing HTML5 discussed – in spite of the fact that the most popular browser doesn’t even support it.  But the RIA technologies have been around longer than HTML5 – in fact, RIAs technically don’t even include JavaScript or AJAX, and instead refer to Flash, Java and Silverlight. So how did HTML5 become become such a hot trend? We’ll get into HTML5 in a future post; first, let’s go into a little history of RIAs.

Timeline of RIAs

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Club AJAX has Changed!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

As you can see, Club AJAX has a new look. Bob Byron and Mike Wilcox still run the local DFW AJAX User Group, but the website will now be blog-focused to provide more information about AJAX to a wider audience. Our goal is to provide at least one, full-length blog each week, and sprinkle in blog links about the latest events in AJAX news.

In addition to our blog and news, we will provide resources from our monthly Club AJAX user group meetings. Most of the meetings  are recorded and available in the Videos section. Depending on the format, the Presentations themselves will be posted, or linked to if possible. And any code-alongs, demos, or examples will be available in our Examples section.

We’re still porting over the old information and working on new stuff, so check back often, and if you live in the area, come to the meetings! If nothing else you get free pizza provided by one of our many sponsors! And like any other blog, comments are always welcome.