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Google Looks Me-Too As Suggest Launches

Did you hear about the news from Google? Okay, so the Chrome browser is big news, but there’s something else we wanted to bring to your attention: Last week Google Suggest graduated to the front page of Google.com.

Google Suggest on the home page

The feature finds possible matches to search terms as the user types. While it may seem old now, it was a Google innovation. Suggest was first created in 2004 and made developers clamor to figure out how it was done. This was before the term “Ajax” was coined and well before it was overused.

Google does not make a homepage change lightly. For this reason, many assumed Suggest would never be made the default experience of most users who go directly to Google.com to search.

The feature was incorporated into many other tools over the years, including the Firefox search bar. Yahoo added a similar feature to its homepage over a year ago.

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Microsoft Steers Developers to Ajax Roadmap

ASP.NET Ajax

In an effort to improve its Ajax features in ASP.NET, Microsoft announced its Ajax roadmap. The document lays out new features, many of which are available in third party JavaScript frameworks.

Among the most exciting proposed features slated for the next version are DOM manipulation APIs, which make it easy to access any elements in a web page. The company also plans to translate some server-side controls to be accessible via client-side calls. For example, a templating control could retrieve data from the server and place it into a page based on a local template without refreshing.

On the list of nice-to-haves, Microsoft includes animation and drag & drop. These popular features are a major part of effects libraries such as Scriptaculous, Moo and JQuery.

Developers attempting to use non-Microsoft tools have long had difficulty fitting in with the ASP.NET framework. For example, ASP.NET changes the ID of any server-manipulated page element. The DOM features alone in the proposed update to Microsoft’s Ajax tools will simplify client-side access.

Some web purists may criticize Microsoft for not working to support third-party JavaScript frameworks. The company has long forged their own path with ASP.NET and to their credit each version is better than the previous.

If you want a peak at what the code will look like in the future version of ASP.NET Ajax, download the roadmap.

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Run Ajax Apps on Bare S3

S3Amazon’s Simple Storage Service is designed to host data, not entire applications. It’s made to just serve as the backend to an app server — typically in Amazon’s cloud.

Tom Evslin has worked out a way to host dynamic Ajax applications directly in the storage, with no intermediate server. Very cool.

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