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Your SDLC or Your Product – You Decide

…or the telephone game photo credit: tallkev Last weekend I was watching a movie with my kids. In the movie there was a chain of monkeys that needed to pass on the message from one character to one on the other side of the chain. The message went something like, “Don’t throw us over the wall. There must be another way. We will all be killed.” As it went through the chain and the receiver heard, “Throw us over the wal
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Wireframing with incomplete requirements

The value of wireframing even with incomplete information The task of wireframing in application development, as I’ve come to know it, should begin after user research has been performed, and a complete set of requirements gathered.  But what happens when, for whatever reason, you just don’t have access to user research, or a full set of requirements?  What if all you have are some rather unspecific, vagu
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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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Intellectual Frameworks for Classifying Ajax Frameworks

Who knew that a simple architectural principle like AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) would cause so much trouble? The trouble I'm having at the moment is classifying different Ajax frameworks in ways that make sense to developers, designers and business...
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Echo2 vs GWT

Back on June 6th I made a note of this post by Echo2 creator Tod Liebeck at The Server Side, entitled Comparing the Google Web Toolkit to Echo2, but never got around to blogging about it. Tod gives a fairly...
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CMS and AJAX

Back in April, CMS Watch published an article entitled Ajax and Your CMS. The article looks at the impact of AJAX on CMS systems from both the content author's and the site visitors perspective. From the author's perspective, the news...
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Grizzly – Infrastructure for COMET and AJAX

Other than being the black hole into which the JavaMail API has disappeared, the Open Source Glassfish project -- a J2EE app server building on the Toplink and J2EE code donated by Oracle and Sun respectively -- has some interesting...
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AJAX and Security

Lots of articles like this one from eWeek broach the subject of AJAX and security but give few answers. The most insightful quote from the article is from the Dojo man: Panelist Alex Russell, co-founder and project lead for The...
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MVC and RIA – Learning From Desktop Apps

Whether you're writing AJAX applications using enhancements to existing webapplication frameworks or adopting the new component GUI approach, you as a developer are faced with a new granularity of events. Where before you had the monster postback, now you must...
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Struts and the Tension Headache

I'm spoiled. This past week I had to go back and revisit a Struts application I developed back in the early days, before Hibernate, before EJB's. I found myself developing an anger headache as I bounced between the struts-config.xml, the...
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