Next Meeting: Hype Demo

June 3rd, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

The next Club AJAX meeting will be next Tuesday, June 7th. We’ll demo the new Hype animation tool, do Ajax News, have some give-aways, and finally a code Q&A.

Yes. The Dallas Mavericks are playing game 4 of the finals that night. We looked at changing the date, but that didn’t work – the Mavericks wouldn’t cooperate and move the game to Wednesday… something about TV schedules and 20,000 ticket holders.

Hence we’ve opted for an easy-going meeting, but it should still be fun! And I will have the Mavs game queuing up on my DVR and will be racing home to see them win!


Presentation: Why You Need a Front End Developer

May 12th, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at the DFW JavaMug last night, and created a presentation based on one of my more popular blogs, Why Your Company Needs A Front End Developer. Instead of addressing managers or decision makers, this one was geared toward server side developers. The premise is simple, though difficult: before hiring a second (or another) server side developer, make sure you have a good front end developer in place — and don’t try to do it all yourself. Telling an end-to-end developer that he shouldn’t do it all turns out to be in conflict with human nature and business. Often these are developers who are trying to please, and looking to be the “go-to guy”.

Regardless, the web is changing, thick clients are becoming more common, and front end technology is getting more complex. It’s harder to be a generalist, and it’s time to start thinking about specialists.

See the presentation here.

Video: HTML5 Video and Canvas Demo

May 10th, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

Donald Smith gives an excellent demo on HTML5 Video and Canvas. He first converts video into a canvas object, then manipulates the pixels, creating some simple special effects. The group was very impressed at this functionality. VIDEO HERE. Demo files included.

Bonus Video: Bob Byron risks death by giving us the latest events in the Ajax world! VIDEO HERE.

Video: A Conversation About REST

April 12th, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

“Nobody implements REST correctly”, said Dr. Roy Fielding, the inventor of REST.

But Jeremy Brown will help you get close. He explains what REST is and also presents a variety of topics and questions you will certainly come across while implementing your API.

View the video here.

View the presentation here.

Video: Database Query with a drag-drop UI

April 11th, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

Marvin Elder demonstrates his DHTMLX enabled interface that does database queries via a user interface.

See the video here.

RESTful Web Services and Weed Trimmers

April 5th, 2011 by dsmith

By guest author Donald Smith Jr.

I was standing in the local home improvement store staring at all of the choices available for yard trimmers. Since it is spring, the annual tradition of assessing my lawn equipment needs for the season has me frustrated that it is the year 2011 and the technology available to cut weeds still sucks. My problem is that I have bought many yard trimmers over the years including gas, cordless, and corded trimmers. Each one has advantages and disadvantages.

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IE9 HTML5 Video Doesn’t Work… in VMWare

April 4th, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

So I spent most of the day porting the BetterVideo Player to be able to handle HTML5 video. Only to find out it doesn’t work. What the heck? When trying to set the src attribute or call play method, I would get errors: SCRIPT16385: Not implemented or SCRIPT5007: Unable to get value of the property 'play': object is null or undefined. A Google search didn’t reveal anything. Then I loaded up the IE9 video codec support demo… and it didn’t work either.
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Brendan Eich Redesigns JavaScript to Look Like jQuery

April 1st, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

“Obviously, due to the success of jQuery and the lack of base-knowledge of JavaScript”, Brendan explained at a recent gathering, “JavaScript is a huge failure. I’ve redesigned it to look like jQuery, and will implement it, retroactively, into the web.” Read the rest of this entry »

The New Dojo HTML5 Multi-File Uploader

March 21st, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

Dojox UploaderThe latest Dojo download, version 1.6, has just been released. Included is a completely new, HTML5 multi-file uploader, a widget that creates a stylable file-input button, with optional multi-file selection, using only HTML elements. Non-HTML5 browsers have fallback options of Flash or an iframe.

The dojox.form.Uploader is an improvement upon, and replaces the dojox.form.FileUploader. The various problems created by Flash are avoided because it is not used in Mozilla and Webkit browsers. Support for FileUploader will cease as of 1.6, but the code will remain until 2.0 for backwards compatibility.
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Video: The Fight Over HTML5

March 14th, 2011 by Mike Wilcox

The video for my high-energy presentation on the Fight Over HTML5 is now posted. You can see it here. The presentation is already online and you can see that here.