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241: Why you should right align form labels?
Swapnonil Mukherjee has written a usability piece that delves into why you should right align form labels. Swapnonil makes the case that we should always right align by showing us the movement of users' eyes. You probably already knew the comp...

242: JavaScript Tip: Watch out for "+"
Dynamic languages are the cool thing du jour. All dynamic languages are not born equal, and JavaScript is one that happens to be weakly typed. This means that you can keep throwing new types at a variable and JavaScript takes it in its stride. You ...

243: WebWork 2.2 Released: Solid Ajax Support
WebWork 2.2 is an opensource Java web application framework that was just released. WebWork 2.2 provides several unique AJAX features by building on top of DWR and Dojo. These features are: on-the-fly client side validation, a tabbed panel widget, ...

244: Announcing Wizlite: Collaborative Page Highlighting
Announcing Wizlite by Alex Kirk (BandNews and Blummy creator). Wizlite is a fantastic use of Ajax for highlighting and annotating any web page. Using either a bookmarklet or a Firefox extension, you'll see highlights and annotations from other p...

245: Rexv.org - powerful regex evaluator
We wrote before about some Ajax regex tools to help test regular expressions. Recently we came upon rexv.org, which really is the Swiss Army Knife of online reg ex tools. It supports three different regex modes: PHP PCRE, PHP Posix, JavaScript. Also...

246: Lightbox.js - easy image overlays with javascript
Lightbox is a very easy solution to do image overlays in your page. Check out the example at the site, and also note how easy it is to add. Works on "all modern browsers." Just add the JavaScript to your page, and add rel="lightbox&qu...

247: Quick ajax php function reference
Phpfunctions is a Quick reference for looking up that php function that you know has to exist, but you just can not Remember the name. Just type in a short string and wait for the live update - then follow the link to the full docs at php.net for mo...

248: Ajax Reduces Load on MacRumors.com Servers
We're constantly asked how Ajax impacts server load. That's a tough question to answer as its so dependent on what it is your web application actually does. However, MacRumors.com provides an excellent example of how Ajax can be used to redu...

249: Bubbleshare: Photo Sharing Community
Scott Schiller wrote in to tell us about Bubbleshare. It calls itself "the easiest way to share Photos", and its hard to disagree, especially if you have a Mac. Bubbleshare has an iPhoto plug-in that integrates with iPhoto's "Expo...

250: Ajax Navigation in WikiCalc 0.2
Dan Bricklin has announced an upgrade of WikiCalc, the Wiki framework with spreadsheet tendencies. The new version uses Ajax for navigation: Reimplemented Cells tab to use AJAX. Navigating on the Cells tab by clicking on cells or using arrow keys n...

251: Package Mapper - track your shipments on google maps
Map out the route your packages take on their way to their destination with Package Mapper. Its built on Ruby on Rails, and you can see use of scriptaculous effects in many spots. It looks pretty close to the single page Model Joe described a while ...

252: JAHAH - Cross-Domain JS Library
With all the recent excitement about cross - domain Javascript, it was perhaps inevitable that libraries would emerge to automate the process. David Janes has produced one such library: JAHAH. The name comes from ahah, which we posted about earlier....

253: Search Everything on the Page
Tom Light's produced an interesting use of Ajax which is bound to be a little controversial from a usability perspective. Each word on the site (on motorbikes) is a hyperlink to a search on that word. Click on "gas" and the top of the ...

254: Nine Tips For Rich Internet Applications
Scott bill has been putting in some great posts on Ajax design in the past few months. His most recent post is "Nine Tips for Rich Internet Applications". Among the tips: 1) Make it directly interactive 2) Make it inviting 3) Use lightw...

255: JavaScript Tip: Running code in the dark
At a recent client, we were finding strange behaviour occuring in the JavaScript side of the house. After taking a look, the problem was namespace collisions. A couple of the developers were new to JavaScript, and didn't know about the scoping...

256: XM Radio Online 2.0
XM has launched version 2.0 of its online product. This update has made the UI Ajax driven, with a few flash movies for displaying the presets and the current song data. One of the developers talks about the browser issues he had to deal with (Safa...

257: Treehouse Magazine Login
Treehouse Magazine is a Magazine about the web. They implement a nice login component in the top right corner. If you want to login, signup, etc you can do it from that widget. Very simple, the forms are just changed around dynamically depending o...

258: Apple iWeb: Ajax Photoshow
You know that Ajax has hit the big time when Steve Jobs mentions it in a keynote. Steve showed off some Apple Ajax, when he demo'd the new iWeb product that is part of the iLife suite. When you publish your content to. Mac, to be shared on the...

259: Dojo Tips: Cookies, and a nice Curry
Dojo continues to have nice wrappers that make it easy for you to do real things. A couple of topics came up this week such as cookies, and a new curry mechanism: Dojo Cookies Dojo has Helper cookie methods wrapped up in the dojo.io.cookie Packag...

260: Live archive explorer for Pivot blogs
Marco van Hylckama Vlieg has created a widget for a Dynamic view of Pivot blog archives. For details read his blog entry, or check out the widget running on his blog. It takes advantage of a nice live Table where rows are loading on the fly as you s...


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