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Mash Note: Ninjawords online dictionary

In keeping with my new year's resolution to laud as many good Ajax apps as I trash bad ones, please allow me to celebrate the simplicity, beauty and utility of Ninjawords. An online dictionary developed by Phil Crosby, Ninjawords offers...
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Ajax Predictions for 2008

I'm a little early this year for my 2008 predictions. No matter. I seem to have been a bit early with my 2007 predictions as well, and as they say in the venture capital biz, "too early is the same...
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Ajax, Browsers, Running Out of Time

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. -- Karl Marx I can remember the day, back in 1994, when I abandoned the Mac for Windows. It was a gloomy, overcast day when I made that bittersweet decision --...
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New Ajax for Old Iron

In the rush to develop entirely new Web 2.0 systems based on Ajax, it is often easy to lose sight of how it can be used to improve the so-called "legacy" enterprise systems. Over at the Ext JS blog, there's...
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Tibco GI/Craigs List Bashup

Over at Ajaxian you can read about a pretty cool remix of Craig's List, somewhat similar to what I've been working on with GWT. I've termed this a "bashup," rather than a "mashup," because it kind of mashes things up...
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Google Docs presentations: A beta is a beta is a beta

By now everyone has probably heard that Google finally released its long-discussed presentation webapp yesterday. Not too many surprises here: It's been rolled into Google Docs; it offers a nice set of basic features; but it's got a long way...
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Cognitive Load, Portability and the Superiority of Client-Side Frameworks

The recent introduction of TrimPath Junction got me to thinking about Dietrich's widely read post on Cognitive Load and the Superiority of Server-Side Ajax GUI Frameworks. GWT's big advantage is that it mobilizes armies of Java programmers to write browser-based...
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jQuery vs. Prototype: OO JavaScript with or without training wheels

After brushing up on jQuery via a little light reading, I've started to play with the framework in code. I'm demoing a scrolling news ticker and decided to write it using jQuery and its Interface plug-in. Future iterations will probably...
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.Mac improvements: That's it?

Amidst all the hardware news at Apple's Mac-focused media event last week, it was easy to overlook the announcement of some tweaks to the widely reviled .Mac web-services suite. Easy to overlook not because the announcement got no play, but...
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Mash note: Remember the Milk

You've got to love a Web 2.0 startup manned by a dev team of 2 that manages to add every feature on your wish list just before said feature's omission really starts to bug you. That's the case with me...
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