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IT Mill Toolkit 5 out of Beta

With the release of IT Mill Toolkit 5.3.0, the server-side RIA framework is now ready for production. I announced the initial release of 5.0 back in December of 2007. Since that time, IT Mill 5 has gone through several revisions and the release of GWT 1.5 (which means you can use Java 5 now on both the client and the server). As a reminder, server-side RIA frameworks let you write your app completely in the server an
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"Ajax Overhaul, Part 3: Retrofit existing sites with jQuery, Ajax tabs, and photo carousels" Up on IBM Developerworks

Part 3 of my colleague Brian Dillard’s series on retrofitting your web site with Ajax is now up on the IBM Developerworks site. In this installment, you’ll tame unmanageable product-details pages by placing content inside a tabbed interface. You’ll also keep product images under control by displaying them in an image carousel. You’ll learn how to employ both techniques using simple Dynamic HTM
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6 GWT Resources for the iPhone

We're starting to do some work at my firm for the iPhone (see my colleague Noel Rappin's recent release of a Rails Plugin for iPhone development), so I've begun some investigations and experimentations of using GWT for iPhone development. The...
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My IBM developerWorks series, part 2: Tooltips, lightboxes and more jQuery goodness

IBM developerWorks recently published my second "Ajax overhaul" tutorial. This series teaches intermediate-level developers how to layer Ajax features atop old-fashioned CRUD applications. My colleague Dietrich Kappe calls this the "Christmas tree" approach to Ajax development, and it's a valid...
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Looking for a front-end jedi/ninja/warrior/whatever

Pathfinder is recruiting! Although it's not yet listed on our career portal, we're looking to beef up the Ajax practice at our Chicago office with a talented front-end programmer. This person should be a jack of all trades, master of...
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Whitepaper – Ajax Roadmap: How to tranform your website without starting from scratch

My colleague Brian Dillard has written a rather decent whitepaper entitled Ajax Roadmap: How to tranform your website without starting from scratch, that lays out an approach to transforming your website or application without having to reengineer the whole darned...
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My Web 2.0 Expo slides now available online

Photo: James Duncan Davidson Web 2.0 Expo is closing up shop. I think my talk went pretty well. Despite being the last session of the last day, I had about 100 people, most of whom stayed till the bitter end....
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GWT, Remote Models and the Need for Better Replication Algorithms

PESSIMISM, n. A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile. -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary I frequently crawl through the various GWT project...
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Web 1.0 to 2.0: What Kind of Application do you Have?

Of each particular thing ask: What is it in itself, what is its nature? -- Marcus Aurelius We get asked quite often to convert Web 1.0 applications into Web 2.0 applications. We do it so often that we've developed tools,...
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Ajax Testing: Doubling Down with Selenium and JMeter

This idea comes from my colleague John McCaffrey, but since he's having a bad case of blogger's block, I get to post about it. For anyone who has developed tests for web applications with a tool like Selenium (or Watir),...
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