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Making Vaadin, PureMVC and Grails Work Together

On seeing that someone had developed a Grails Plugin for Vaadin (the former ITMill Toolkit, based on GWT as a front end technology), I immediately grabbed it and started exploring. One of the first things I do when developing things that look like GUI’s is apply PureMVC to it. It’s sort of like a big MVC switchboard that lets you hook together the smaller MVC’s of whatever framework you’re usi
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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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ZK 3.5 Released with Comet Support

ZK 3.5, the latest version of the server-side Ajax framework, is out with a raft of new features. Three of those features really stand out for me: Comet server push Customization of look and feel Performance monitoring Server push via polling has been available in ZK for a while, and Comet in the ZK “Enterprise Edition,” but now it is available to everyone. And it is pretty easy to use: “The impleme
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Ext JS: License Troubles with Their Use of YUI?

In this little post, Eric Miraglia of the YUI team points out that Ext JS’ recent change from LGPL to GPL and their inclusion of some YUI code without including the text of the YUI license (BSD) may violate the terms of that license. I don’t think this is a serious infraction, but it does point out how important good will and amicable relationships are between open source projects that violate one another
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MooTools 1.2 Released

Mootools 1.2 has been released. Right now the site seems to be hammered, and there don’t appear to be any release notes. More as I find it out…
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A Quick Look at the New GWT "Themes"

One of the welcome developments in GWT 1.5 was the inclusion of some decent looking CSS themes — standard. chrome and dark. How can you use them in your GWT app? Just include one of the following lines in your apps .xml file: You can see them in action in the ShowCase application. For those of you without the patience to kick start the app, here are some screenshots of the new themes: Related Services: Ajax Ric
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GWT 1.5 RC1, Getting Closer

I’ve been working with GWT 1.5 out of the source repository for a few months, so the release announcements for GWT 1.5 kind of went by unnoticed. But now it’s getting serious. GWT 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is out, which means that GWT 1.5 is soon to follow and everyone will soon be enjoying the benefits of 1.5 that I’ve been relishing for a while. What are some of those benefits?
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jQuery Release 1.2.6: Performance Improvements and Dimensions Plugin Added to Core

A new release of jQuery is out — 1.2.6, skipping directly from 1.2.3. Most noteworthy are the performance improvements (you can check out the detailed performance data via this Google Spreadsheet). The headlines on improvements: Event handling: 103% CSS selectors: 13% .offset: 21% .css: 25% Lots of other fixes, but the most important, IMHO, is the inclusion of Brandon Aaron’s Dimension’s plugin R
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HTML5 custom data: A possible savior for the poor, overloaded class attribute?

The HTML5 custom data proposal received a lot of attention last month, but I forgot to post about it during my preparations for Web 2.0 Expo. Reviewing the proposal now, I'm excited all over again. After doing lots of jQuery...
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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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