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My AJAX class is coming to a close with the presentation of my final project tonight. Since you heard from me last we’ve been exploring a plethora of different JS libraries and coming with with fun flashy examples of things you can do. The final project was to incorporate some AJAX into an actual website. I thought of creating a brand new website but couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I’d like to do. After stressing out about it for a few days it hit me, I just need to update a site I’ve already built. So that’s what I did. I changed the menu to something that looks better and now only the content refreshes on the page but the header, footer, and side bar stay the same. MMmmmmm AJAXy! I also found a way that I can open up external links right there on the website so people never actually leave the site when clicking on links. Very cool stuff. Plus the same library can be used to display pictures all fancy like. these are both tools I’ll be using in the future!
As for the closing of the class I’ll definitely miss it. Not so much the meeting from 6-9 every Tuesday but it’s been fun having a class where I can explore the different technologies AJAX has to offer.
As for this blog never fear. I’m taking another CIT 499 class in a month with Dr. Ho and I’m sure he’ll want us to keep a blog. The class is over Emerging Technologies so if you are interested in Web 2.0 and mobility stay tuned!
Not much new to report. I did a little work on the class wiki front page making it look a little bit neater but it still seems like there are several different definitions for the same thing. I think people are nervous of taking down other peoples stuff but really we only need one definition written up in our own words instead of quoting another page. Actually going there now it looks like it’s been cleaned up a bit more. It is an open wiki so anyone who wants to can go there and edit it however they see fit.
I did find some interesting stuff in the world of AJAX this week. It’s been out for a while but I just found out Google has a toolkit where you can write a program in Java and it will convert it to AJAX. It’s called the Google Web Toolkit and it’s something I’m going to be taking a look at since the majority of my programming experience is in Java. http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/ They have tutorials and what not so I’m going to check some of it out when I get some of that precious free time.