The significance of AJaX

The name AJaX comes from one article written in January of 2005which was the first to use the acronym AJaX. In it is mentioned the technology (i..e the one function ‘XMLHttpRequest’) had been around for some time and is probably the only significant contribution that Microsoft has made to the internet’s development to date.
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Flash as a background and the object tag drama

The Mission

Use Flash as a background image.

The Problems

There are a multitude of problems with embedding Flash into valid mark-up. Basically:

  • You can’t use the EMBED tag now days and has been dropped in favour of the OBJECT tag. You actually can use the EMBED tag but its not future compatible and your page won’t validate.
  • This presents problems because IE and Netscape/Firefox based browsers handle the object tag differently. If you manage to get a single object tag to load a flash movie in both browsers then IE seems to not stream the movie anymore.

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Flash, HTML or both at the same time!

OpenLaszlo is mind blowing! If you don’t believe me check their demo Flash Flickr browser AND THEN check their identical DHTML Flickr browser compiled from the same code or XML as it were.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the concept of zero-install, or no-install, stand alone web applications (I prefer widgets) is quite a unique idea and makes it Oh-so-easy to integrate into whatever you need it for like a blog, community portal, forum, static HTML page etc.

The final clincher for me is that its Open Source. Flapping their floppies at the big boys, YEAH! We (I) here at TMI like it and award it the ‘Sh!tHot!‘ stamp of approval, look for it all good websites.

And while we’re on the Dojo subject, why not draw a picture AND THEN playback the creation process in real time! This ones just Hot!