Archive for June, 2006

* Flex 2 Released

Posted on June 29th, 2006 by Dave Johnson. Filed under AJAX, Flex.

Looks like Adobe’s Flex 2 has finally been released!

I am pretty excited to see how the uptake is and if people are into buying components for it - after all we are not married to Ajax!

If you are building a Flex application then don’t be a stranger and let us know what kinds of components you need. There could be a very good opportunity there for charting (of course Adobe has their own charting component already) and rich data manipulation.

On a somewhat related note, I will post some cool screencasts of Flex + Ajax copy and paste shortly with the latest copy and paste functionality of our currently only Ajax based Data Grid.

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* Podcasting with Duane Nickull

Posted on June 21st, 2006 by Dave Johnson. Filed under AJAX, Flex, Web2.0.

In the latest EBA podcast we were lucky enough to have Duane “Cosmic Genius” Nickull with us from Adobe.

Mostly just discussed SOA and jabbed at SOA 2.0 a bit :)
I am also hacking away at a Flex component for copy and paste functionality between our AJAX Grid and a Flex DataGrid (or Microsoft Excel). I did a quick google and found that someone from Adobe already did a copy/paste to/from Flex and Excel example - just five days ago.

Check it out.


* AJAX and Java

Posted on June 13th, 2006 by Dave Johnson. Filed under AJAX, Components, JSF, NetBeans.

I have been preparing some screencasts showing how to use DWR with NetBeans over the weekend and I will be presenting that along with a few slides about AJAX + Java on a webcast over at Check out the link there for all the details.

Here is the preliminary slide deck if anyone cares to take a look and give any feedback. If you want the real goods you will just have to join the webcast!

We should also be doing another podcast tomorrow night so if you can’t make the webcast maybe check out the pod version. Lots of good EBA news this week and I am sure there will be some stimulating AJAX talk! If wants any topics covered be sure to let us know.

Technorati Tags: java, jsf, ajax, components, webcast, netbeans


* Podcast Session #3

Posted on June 8th, 2006 by Dave Johnson. Filed under AJAX, Podcast.

We have put up our latest podcast where we have a special guest and discuss some things like REST and the new Google Spreadsheet.

Get it while it’s hot!. The notes are posted over on Andre’s blog.

We have also been chatting with Coté from Redmonk over on the Drunk and Retired podcast.

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* Google Spreadsheets For All

Posted on June 6th, 2006 by Dave Johnson. Filed under AJAX, Web2.0.

It was only a matter of time really. Google has just released some information (no ability to actually use it yet) about their latest free product offering that is an online collaborative spreadsheet. I wonder if the writely folks had anything to do with this?

I think that this can only be a good thing for our company as we are planning an online spreadsheet product for use behind the firewall.

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* eBay Web API

Posted on June 1st, 2006 by Dave Johnson. Filed under Business, Web2.0.

We have been uber busy writing the old book and getting lots of JavaScript written these days so blogging has been on the backburner a bit :(

I did get a chance to finally take a peak at some Web API’s today in hopes of finding one I liked to make a mash-up using our AJAX Grid product. I think that I might try out the eBay one since they have some good sample code and it should be real easy to integrate - plus the data is pretty well suited to a grid format of course. Aside from the actual API, the thing that had me most interested was their user agreement - which I surprisingly actually read!

The interesting part was where they say that:

You may not co-mingle, modify or display the eBay Content with the content of third parties … the eBay Content is segregated from non-eBay content, and the eBay Content must be presented in such a way that the eBay Content is visually separate (as with lines or color changes) from non-eBay Content (“eBay Area”); and no third party listings, information or other content of any kind may be combined with eBay Content or displayed anywhere within the eBay Area;

In this day and age of share and share alike in the new Web 2.0, that sort of license seems pretty draconian. However, I think that this behaviour is a great example of the difference between the old (circa 1998) and new webs (today); during the dark ages of the old web there existed what some might consider to be “real” businesses that have now grown to be the data providers - of course data or information is the fuel on which the new web relies. The fresh young face of the new web of hippie-free-lovin mash-up is built largely on the hard work of those companies that survived the first Internet bubble and have accumulated a large amount of _very_ valuable data. As Bill predicted back in the day - content is king. Of course Bill is still doing ok I am sure. Going forward it will be interesting to see if and how the various Web 1.0 (for lack of a better term) powerhouses start charging for access to all their tightly guarded data.

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