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Web 2.0, vyew, buzzshout and AJAX

I was reading Remko Mantel blog about Web 2.0 and thought about sharing with you a couple of links. The first is a very cool and useful “Web 2.0” website that offers a free, web-based collaboration tool that provides a feature-rich meeting room with real-time, whiteboard functionality. Features include:

  • Create instant meetings – No client to download or install
  • Annotate, share, and save documents
  • Store your work (25MB free storage)
  • Capture and share screenshots with 1-click
  • Conduct a meeting with up to 20 attendees
  • Upload and share photos from your Flickr!, Yahoo! Photos, or Kodak accounts
  • Create custom photo slideshows with music

Check it out at I have played with it a bit and my first reaction was: Wow!

If you’re wondering what other “Web 2.0” services are available out there on the Net, wonder no more. Just launched, a new (Web 2.0) website,, an online listing and repository of reviews of the hottest new “Web 2.0” companies.

AJAX is a major component in all Web 2.0 website development. Oracle already has a one-stop shop for AJAX development available on OTN.

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A Snow Storm and Stuff

Thanksgiving holiday is over and another work week is ahead. Last Friday we drove up to Mount Hood (East of Portland, Oregon). We barely made it back down, a snow storm hit the mountain while we were there. My wife took the following picture from inside the car while I was driving on a completely snow covered road:


We made it home safe and sound. Down in Portland it was raining cats and dogs.

Also during the Holiday I took note of the following links:

  • Agatra is a free service that securely stores your passwords online so that they’re accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection. Are you kidding me?

  • Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. A complete waste of time.

  • This page lists over 500 colours by colour name, Hex value, RGB value and Microsoft Access code number. Useful when dealing with colors in HTML.

  • is an in-progress collection of Ajax patterns. Has the potential of being a good source of Ajax related programming techniques.

  • How To Write Unmaintainable (Java) Code. If you follow all these rules religiously, you will guarantee yourself a lifetime of employment. I am not sure I want to guarantee myself a lifetime employment by writing unmaintainable code!

  • 3D Walker is a page that uses the new canvas tag. This new tag is supported by Mozilla, Safari and Opera to draw bitmaps via JavaScript. Cool.

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Ajax bathroom cleaner and more

Yes, there is that and there is also “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML”.

Jesse James Garrett, the person who invented the acronym AJAX, defines it:

Ajax isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates:

  • standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
  • dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
  • data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
  • asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
  • and JavaScript binding everything together.

    Continue reading…

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The main features are:

  • In-browser handling of bookmarks (tested up to 12,000 records)
  • Find-as-you-type searching of all your bookmarks, with basic search operators
  • Sort by description, tags, or timestamp
  • Ad-hoc tag browser

Read all about it here

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ColdFusion + AJAX = CFAjax

If you are like me, you will not shy away from exploring new technologies. AJAX is becoming more and more popular among web developers. If you use ColdFusion and would like to take advantage of all the cool things AJAX can do, CFAjax is for you.

CFAjax is the AJAX implementation for ColdFusion. It makes ColdFusion method calls on the server directly from HTML page using JavaScript and returns back the result to the calling HTML page. CFAjax comes with simple to use JavaScript API and simple ColdFusion implementation that marshal’s the response between your ColdFusion methods and your HTML page.

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