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Get Started With Dojo

It’s becoming a desktop web. Reactive interfaces are blurring the lines between desktop applications and web applications, which in consequence, makes the web more powerful. It’s all built on JavaScript — a language known for making coding a chore.

The Dojo Toolkit helps you create these richer interfaces with its widgets, called Dijits. These user interface elements, from buttons to pop-up boxes, are easy to use and sometimes don’t even require JavaScript.

In this tutorial, we’ll look at how Dijits work and how Dojo can help you write some powerful web applications.

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Dojo Template

Want to get started with the Dojo JavaScript Toolkit? Here’s the place to start. This is the blank drawing board for working with Dojo web applications.

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Ruby on Rails for Beginners

If you’re like me, you’re reading this on your bright-red custom-built laptop in a soothing rosemary-scented bubble bath, and you’re wondering, “Why do I want another interpreted programming language? I can find my way around Perl and PHP and maybe a little Python. And Unix shell scripting. I feel fine. Why do people keep talking about Ruby?”

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Get Started with Web Frameworks

If you’ve built a few websites from scratch, chances are you’ve noticed that you have to solve some of the same problems over and over again. Doing so is tiresome and violates one of the core tenants of good programming — Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY).

Luckily for you other people long ago noticed that web developers face similar problems when building a new site. Sure, there are always edge cases which will vary from site to site, but for the most part there are four general tasks we developers have to handle — Create, Read, Update and Delete, otherwise known as CRUD.

To help you out, a number of web application frameworks have emerged over the years. You might have heard of some of the more famous frameworks — Ruby on Rails, CakePHP and Django.


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JQuery Celebrates 4 Years on the Web With New Release

Popular Ajax library jQuery is celebrating its fourth birthday with a major new release — JQuery 1.4.

JQuery has long had a devoted following among interface designers. Proponents tout its speed and lightweight structure which make it easy to integrate complex effects with only a few lines of code. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and independent web developers everywhere have turned to jQuery to handle Ajax, JavaScript animations and other hallmarks of the modern web.

The latest version of jQuery boasts some impressive speed gains and represents a ground up refactoring of much of jQuery’s underlying code. According the jQuery’s developers this release is significantly faster across browsers and eliminates much of the redundancy in jQuery’s internal functions.

Other nice changes in this release include support for HTML5 elements in serialization calls, the ability to test for specific rendering engines (for example, target WebKit with jQuery.browser.webkit) and support for per-property easing in your animations.

For full details on everything that’s new, check out the jQuery blog post and be sure to look over the backwards-incompatible changes before you attempt to upgrade any of your jQuery projects.

As always you can grab both the minified and full source versions of jQuery from the download page or simply include the Google hosted version in your projects by including the URL, http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4/jquery.min.js, in your projects.

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