Javascript

XMLHttpRequest: Learn why Asynchronous is Best

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Ran across an article on MSDN (I know, right?) about the problems with synchronous XMLHttpRequests, and how it actually causes 8.4% of all hangs in IE9.

Synchronous is easier to work with, as it flows just like a user would expect.  Asynchronous is slightly tougher to use, as it requires handling the response out of sync with the rest of the page’s code.

You can find some helpful information about the problem, along with some examples, and fixes at Why You Should Use XMLHttpRequest Asynchronously.

An excerpt from the article:

8.4% of all hangs in IE9 in the past month are caused by XMLHttpRequest objects blocking the UI thread with a synchronous request. That’s a huge number! With some manageable code changes, these hangs can be avoided, and developers can give their users a better experience across their websites. We’ll get into what’s happening here, what you can do about it, and we’ll give a little demonstration to see firsthand what can happen when a synchronous request hangs the browser.

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Week in Web: jQuery Menus, Flowplayer update, Stylesheet removal, drop shadows, Gury, Sliders, etc

Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I’m going to start publishing, every Friday, a list of some useful / interesting links I’ve visited throughout the course of the week.

Usually this will involve whatever I am working on at the moment.  If you like these links, you can follow me on Twitter to get them as I find them (as opposed to waiting for Friday).

This week I’ve been working a lot with jQuery (nothing new), Flowplayer, and CSS.  An average week for a web developer.

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Beatles, iTunes, iOS 4.2, Google Voice and Mobile Versions of Sites

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Things have been happening very fast in the past week or 2, and wanted to review them.

Hopefully, I’ll be covering the following:

  • Beatles on iTunes
  • iTunes 10.1
  • iOS 4.2 coming soon
  • Google Voice
  • Mobile versions of Sites

There’s a lot on my mind, and I haven’t written in a while.  Today I get to catch up.

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Google Translate’s Toolbar: How to disable the banner

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 | Business | 14 Comments

Working with multiple languages is tough, one of the great tools is Google Translate Tools.

It lets you specify which languages and make them available on your site.

Unfortunately once you are viewing a page written NOT in your browser’s native language, it pops up automatically.  The banner that pops up pushes your site content down independent of your background graphic, and that can cause problems for certain layout / design approaches.

There’s a quick and easy fix.

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Google Code University: Free Courses, Tutorials and Lectures for Web Development – AJAX, HTML5, HTML, CSS, Javascript and more

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 | Business, Tutorials | No Comments

I grew up with webmonkey as the single best destination for web developers and any tutorial you could want, but just saw that Google has a Google Code University featuring Tutorials, Contributed course content and Video lectures on:

Just looking through the site it is so much more than basic web development.  Material covers topics ranging from the Android platform, to basic algorithms.    Please check out the material that isn’t just web development.  There’s a reason Google is providing content for Distributed Systems, Tools and working with APIs.

We’re never beyond refreshing our own skills, as I’m sure Google has some great advice on their site.

I wish I could send this link to some other web developer’s I’ve had to rescue projects from.

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Basic jQuery Tutorial: Modify CSS classes and attributes, Hover and Toggle example

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Tutorials | 4 Comments

This tutorial will cover:

  • Modifying CSS attributes with jQuery
  • Setting a class for a page element
  • Removing a class from a page element
  • Testing if a class exists
  • A quick toggle click behavior example

The final example will use all of the other elements in a single exercise.

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HTML5: Video, 3D, Javascript and a Big Buck Bunny

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

An article written by Sean Christmann over at Craftymind reviews some cool effects you can create with HTML5, Video and 3D featuring the Blender created Big Buck Bunny.

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HTML 5 Presentation on HTML5

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Saw a great HTML5 presentation today at Apirocks.com: HTML5 Presentation.  Has tons of useful demos of new HTML5 technologies that you can actually USE TODAY.

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HTML Fadein Fadeout: Basic Javascript/AJAX Tutorial using jQuery’s fadeTo

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | Business, Tutorials | 4 Comments

In this tutorial we will review:

  • Basic document jQuery preparation
  • Binding  jQuery actions to an anchor (A) tag
  • Fading In and Fading Out html elements with Javascript/AJAX

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Apple’s iPad / iPhone HTML5 Bet: HTML5 Drawing App Proves Capabilities

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

Recently I’ve been posting on HTML5 versus Flash.  Many people who are not familiar with HTML5 may not know exactly the amount of power that has been provided with the new spec.  HTML 4 was nice, and a big upgrade, but I believe HTML 5 will be an even larger upgrade over HTML4.

The reason we are talking about HTML5, is Apple seems to be placing their bets on it.  Apple continues to refuse to have Flash running on their controlled devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and seems to be pushing for HTML5 to take over.

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