AJAX-istic Links

Before It Was Coined AJAX It Was Called “JavaScript RPC”

Dmitri Khanine and Phil Carrillo report for MSDN in “Life Without Refresh” the following weak-ass attempt to respond to media buzzwords created by competitors and divested third parties:

JavaScript RPC technique has been available to the Web scripting community since the introduction of Internet Explorer 3.0 in 1996 (see In essence, the technique allows a Web page to avoid reloading and interrupting user activity when it needs to do a trip to the server for a server-side validation, dynamic lookup, or similar action.

domFunction Solves the window.onload Problem

From “domFunction is an easy-to-use helper script, that allows other DOM scripting to run before window.onload; the practical benefit is that javascript doesn’t have to wait for images or other dependencies to finish loading anymore—it can begin as soon as the DOM is ready.”

I still fail to see why writing this is so, so impossible:<body onload="jsDomEvent(event)"></body>

When you need to write at least one line of markup for a script element, what is so inconvenient about “hard coding” an onload event handler? However, “The window.onload Problem—Solved!” still rejoices.

PHP 5 in Depth

I really had serious problems trying to get SimpleXML to work on PHP 5 is still an array-based, function-based, object-oriented platform that this not built in Unicode from the ground up. So these articles helped: “XML in PHP 5—What’s New?” by Christian Stocker and “SimpleXML” by Sterling Hughes.

Now that all of the advertising is based on PHP REST calls, the next move is make “RESTafarian” AJAX clients.

CSS3 Text Alignment and Justification

So, for casual reading, I recommend ‘Harry Potter and the CSS3 Text Module’—the part about text-justify was supposed to help me. I still have no firm grip on auto | inter-word | inter-ideograph | distribute | newspaper | inter-cluster | kashida.

AJAX Hits a Wall in the World of Physics

When I first began to Blog about AJAX in July of 2005, I could have been thinking of “Flash Animations for Physics.” The AJAX devotee would have to work mighty hard to supplant Flash from my first choice for this kind of work. Flash will never go away—but it will never make me see it as a world-class manager of data.