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Rails, Ajax, RJS, and Testing

As promised, today’s entry is Agile and Ajax. Also, it’s a dessert topping. Ajax in Rails The initial support for Ajax calls in Rails was centered on two framework methods called link_to_remote and remote_form_tag. The basic functionality of these methods...
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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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The awesome state of JavaScript development tools

Dietrich's post on the depressing state of IE develpment tools got me to thinking about the generally wonderful state of JavaScript tooling. Compared to just a few short years ago, we've got a wealth of productivity-enhancing browser add-ons, TDD frameworks...
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The Depressing State of IE Development Tools

A while back I contributed a chapter on Ajax optimization to Real-World AJAX, and as a part of that effort I did quite a bit of digging around for tools to do profiling in IE. The pickings were slim. Now...
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ZeroKode 0.8 Released

I've already blogged about ZeroKode, the drag-and-drop visual GUI design tool for ZK. Well, version 0.8 has been released. It's a little slicker, more responsive, but it still has the same issue of requiring a knowledge of the ZK component...
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Alert: Security Update for Firebug

Joe Hewitt has released a security update to his excellent FireBug Firefox addon. About an hour ago I received word of a 0-day security exploit that has been discovered and reported. I have just released a new Firebug (version 1.03)...
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Javascript, Unit Testing and Code Coverage

Q: Why are there no good Open Source dental practice management software packages? A: Because there are so few dentists who are C++ programmers. Paul Watson raises the question of why there are no decent code coverage tools available for...
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Improving Test Coverage of Ajax Applications

It has been recognized for some time that Ajax applications are a different animal when it comes to testing. In the world of pre-AJAX web applications, the state of the art involved recording HTTP transactions and scraping the resultant HTML...
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Built-in Debugging Tool in Echo2

One of the nicer things in the Echo2 framework is something that doesn't get mentioned a lot: a built-in debugging tool. Just add a "?debug" to the end of your application URL, and you get a pop-up like the one...
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