News Wire: Dojo, jQuery, and YUI forge ahead

  • RESTful Rails Development PDF Released

    A free 30 page PDF primer on building Rails applications using REST. The English is pretty patchy given it has been translated from German, but some of the examples are great. (thanks, mattymcg)

    (tags: rubyonrails)

  • Find A Domain Name You Want To Show Off

    A list of tools to help you find a great domain name. (thanks, SRTech)

    (tags: business)

  • Em Calculator

    A handy tool for calculating font-size values in ems to achieve desired sizes in pixels at the browser’s default font size. Offers a nice, visual way to factor in the effects of inheritance. (thanks, bsytko)

    (tags: css design)

  • iText 2 released!

    iText, the powerful, free, and open source Java library for manipulating and generating PDF documents has just announced its 2.0 release. This version adds support for a number of Acrobat 8 features, and removes a number of obsolete classes and methods.

    (tags: java acrobat opensource software)

  • Ajax Form Validation Using Spring and DWR

    Client-side validation can drastically improve your forms, but it can lead you to write twice as much validation code. This article shows how to use the DWR Ajax library to use the same server-side code for client- and server-side validation.

    (tags: java ajax javascript)

  • jQuery is OpenAjax Compliant

    The jQuery library is now compliant with the developing OpenAjax standard, which actually doesn’t yet have anything to do with Ajax. The current standard is simply designed to ensure that JavaScript libraries can coexist peacefully. (thanks, andrewk)

    (tags: javascript standards)

  • Debug flash with Firebug

    A neat little ActionScript library that lets you output debug messages from your Flash movies directly to the FireBug console in Firefox. (thanks, andrewk)

    (tags: flash firefox)

  • New CSS properties in Safari

    A quick round-up of some of the new CSS properties that are supported in current nightly builds of Webkit. Text strokes, box shadows, and multi-column layouts are all looking to appear in the next major release of Safari!

    (tags: css safari)

  • jQuery and Jack Slocum’s Ext

    Jack Slocum’s Ext project, which previously provided extensions exclusively for the Yahoo! UI Library, will now also be able to run atop jQuery! Witness the first spark of commoditization in JavaScript libraries.

    (tags: javascript)

  • YUI Version 2.2.0 Released

    A massive update to the Yahoo! UI Library: experimental Back/Forward button history management, a DataTable Control for adding interactive features to HTML data tables, a Button Control for creating rich, consistent button controls, and lots more.

    (tags: yahoo! javascript opensource software)

  • Regular Expression Matching Can Be Simple And Fast

    An illuminating—if a little heavygoing—treatise on the two main algorithms for regular expression processing, and why the one in use in most languages (Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby…) is hopelessly broken from a performance standpoint.

    (tags: java javascript perl php python rubyonrails programming)

  • Pipes: Rewire the web

    Yahoo! launches a service that allows users to interactively create ad hoc feeds by combining sources of information including web content, existing feeds, and more. Undeniably useful, but inherently difficult to explain to the layperson.

    (tags: rss yahoo!)

  • Ultimate htaccess Article

    An amazingly comprehensive collection of practical examples of what you can do in an Apache .htaccess file.

    (tags: apache)

  • CSS Speech Bubbles

    Based on clean, valid code and standard CSS, this method for generating speech bubbles is ideal for styling comments.

    (tags: css design standards)

  • dojo.query: A CSS Query Engine For Dojo

    For hard-core JavaScripters, the research (and associated benchmarks) that Dojo’s Alex Russell did to create a performant CSS DOM query system is fascinating. Alex is right, though: this shouldn’t be necessary, and browser vendors continue to let us down.

    (tags: javascript)

  • Dojo 0.4.2 and beyond

    The Dojo library is set to split into three sub-projects: dojo core (well documented, reliable features that make JavaScript better), dijit (the Dojo widget library), and dojox (experimental libraries that extend the capabilities of current browsers).

    (tags: javascript)

  • Graceful Degradation & Progressive Enhancement

    SitePoint regular Tommy Olsson discusses the fundamental differences between Graceful Degradation (designing hi-fi first and then adding in fallbacks) and Progressive Enhancement (start compatible and add hi-fi features unobtrusively).

    (tags: accessibility javascript)

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