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Google has released a new Google Base API for developers to make even more applications for the Google Base index. What's interesting about this API post is that Google provided a small demo for developers to start brainstorming possible API implementations. As always, I'll be taking a look at the new API to see if there are potential applications I could build to help Google users.
If you don't get your fill of AJAX news, tutorials and concerns over at Digg and Slashdot, I now bring you AjaxImpact. AjaxImpact is your one stop shop for everything AJAX although I believe it's missing a few APIs that have been developed by the community which could be useful. However, with a centralized database of articles, tutorials and news, you are sure to find everything you are looking for here when it comes to web development with AJAX.
Max Kiesler has compiled a pretty good list of AJAX tutorials that exist on the web that go beyond just giving readers a code snippet. If you're looking to implement some AJAX on your web pages (I know that I may at some point once I figure out the SEO concerns of an AJAX blog/site), these tutorials are a great place to start.
Although I am sure many of you are seeing news posts where people are offering "free CSS layouts", Mollio has finally gotten it right and produced some great layouts even in it's infancy stage. While most free layouts only provide the layout CSS, Mollio provides CSS for content as well - including input forms, comments, success messages, error messages and much, much more.
I'm definitely interested to see what Mollio produces in the future as well as any implementations they may do for popular blogging software solutions. If you need a quick and easy web design, check them out.
Slashdot has a terrific discussion on the merits of Visual Basic as an introductory programming language. As a programmer who started off with Visual Basic, I would have to agree with the common sentiment at Slashdot that VB fails as a good introductory language. However, VB does have its uses in terms of teaching very basic and simple programming concepts, but at what cost? I know that in my own personal experience, I generated some poor coding habits after developing in VB for long extended periods of time where my coding time with C# was much more productive and "code worthy".
Memory usage and allocation are major issues with today's applications and one really must evolve past Object.Dispose and GC.Collect calls to really understand the subject. The limitations of VB are extensive and, like many other Slashdot posters, would suggest avoiding VB and dealing mainly with C# or C as a first language for newbie programmers.
IBM released the third part in their AJAX series that covers the more advanced techniques involved with creating AJAX applications including error handling and request handling so that AJAX can be integrated successfully into the corporate environment. Many of the AJAX applications currently available do not scale properly and become very slow and bogged down once demand gets too high. In addition, just like any Web scripting/programming language, security and error handling (data manipulation) needs to be completed with efficiency and accuracy levels approaching over 99% to ensure the programmers and IT managers keep their jobs. The first two parts of this series were excellent and Part 3 does not disappoint.
Information Week has an article on the major Internet players coming together to develop an Open AJAX standard for developers. Spearheaded by the likes of Google and IBM, this open standard will be incorporated into open source IDEs such as Eclipse which should provide developers a more standardized way of writing Web 2.0 web pages. In addition, with this standardization, hopefully security issues will be addressed making AJAX a viable solution in the corporate arena. In addition, one of the
As a blogger, I try and use as many different sources to compile my news and information to give my readers the best content available on the Internet. However, one disturbing trend would be the quality of news coming from Google Alerts. For instance, I watch the term AJAX to see what news media outlets are running AJAX stories (not the soccer club). Today, there are quite a few news releases about AJAX security issues and performance related problems. Of course, with any "new" technology, I would assume that there would be security related concenrs, but after digging a little deeper, I found the real reason for these releases.
Zend, the creators of one of the best PHP editors, released a tutorial depicting Paypal implementation on your PHP based website. The tutorial is great for any web programmer looking to do consulting work and building e-commerce websites with Paypal functionality (I know I bookmarked this link immediately). This is a must have for the freelance PHP programmer.