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Javascript Libraries (AJAX For Dummies)

Well, not quite for dummies, but there are several new javascript libraries that will give daunted developers a head start in creating their own animated scrolling, sliding, and fading divs. Want your web apps to share the spotlight with favorites like flickr, gmail, and tiddlywiki?

Here are some toolkits / libraries / APIs I came across today that are worth a look. Please add to the list if you know of another. Some of these may be beyond the average web designer’s ability to utilize, but larger teams with dedicated developers will make good use of them.

Dojo Toolkit
(a demo mimics Apple’s Dock)

moo fx: a superlightweight javascript effects library
“moo.fx is not a replacement for script.aculo.us or other effects libraries. It’s just a little alternative for people (like me) that do not need more than just simple, basic effects (and want to keep their filesize small).”

script.aculo.us builds upon the Prototype Javascript Framework

WebWork
“WebWork is a Java web-application development framework. It is built specifically with developer productivity and codesimplicity in mind, providing robust support for building reusable UI templates, such as form controls, UI themes,internationalization, dynamic form parameter mapping to JavaBeans, robust client and server side validation, and muchmore.”

Just found Wikipedia’s entry for AJAX, which has a big list of libraries including some of the above but many more.

PS:
I would like to know if anyone has seen a guide to replicate flickr’s “edit a photo title without refreshing” behavior. Their javascript for this is beyond my desire to reverse-engineer, but this functionality would come in very handy in a web app I’m building the UI for.

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Macromedia Studio 8 reviewed

Great review of a preview Macromedia did last night for the local Flash users group. It looks like MM finally fixed some things that have been broken for a long time and are “going out with a bang” as far as the unique Macromidia brand, before it’s swallowed completely by Adobe. I’ve missed WYSIWYG support in Dreamweaver since I started coding advanced CSS quite a while ago.

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From Ben’s vacation, 6000+ miles south

Just got back today… more photos to come in my flickr stream but these two feature the preferred method of human transportation in northern Peru.

Who likes yellow?
Prefer yellow?

Welcome to Peru!
…Or a dash more danger?

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Truly Ultimate RVs

Airstream has a new motorhome with a roof that opens automatically into a huge patio for you and 15 others to enjoy a nice barbeque. I didn’t even know the company still existed, but they do! The site has a nice retro-duotone look.

Now if only that could be combined with the amphibious TerraWind RV – it would be the ultimate luxury yacht slash motorhome ever! Sometimes I wish I had just a million or so in disposable income 😉