Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Using Firebug in IE, Opera, Safari

Most people know about Firebug, as a plugin to Firefox... but you can also debug javascript in other browsers with Firebug, by installing Firebug Lite.

It's awesome to include a .js file, open up Internet Exploder, and use alot of the Firebug goodness to check browser compatibility. (after test, or prior to loading to your production webserver, simply comment out that line of .js and you won't take a hit when it comes to page load times).

Here is some more Firebug documentation and references from their site:

Core Javascript & Ajax Development Links

...some handy references for all of us writing Javascript and Ajax apps (specifically with Prototype.js, but many of the links help writing and testing JS in general) Enjoy:

Core Javascript 1.5 Reference

Javascript Style Guide on Mozilla's Development Center:

Prototype Javascript Framework API docs: Effects Library tag docs:

Dan Webb's LowPro.js:

Joe Hewitt's Firebug plugin docs and download:


"Quality", by Douglas Crockford

Insightful presentation by Douglas Crockford on "quality". Engaging and worth watching:

Tamarin Project -- Adobe contributes to Mozilla

This is older news, but certainly worthy of repeating (now that I have a couple free hours to get my thoughts out).

If you're interested in where the future of client-side software development is going, definitely read this post and the related link from It discusses 'Tamarin', which is a collaborative project between Adobe and Mozilla -- Adobe contributed source code from the ActionScript Virtual Machine to the Mozilla Foundation.

What all of this means, as Brendan Eich states "now web developers have a high-performance, open source virtual machine for building and deploying interactive applications across both Adobe Flash Player and the Firefox web browser"

Especially insightful are the 'comments' section, where Brendan Eich (the individual who created the JavaScript language and one of the first people at Netscape, now the Chief Technology Officer at Mozilla, responsible for architecture and the technical direction of Mozilla) , explains the nature of performance gains that will come from a Just-In-Time JavaScript compiler.

All of this gives us insight into the web-centric paradigm that both Adobe and Mozilla (along with obviously Google and others) are pointed towards and that has huge momentum. This collaboration, along with items like Adobe Apollo (and other similar efforts by Sun, for instance), make it very motivating time to be a web application developer. We are at the beginning of a time pointing towards being able to create deeply rich web applications -- apps that run efficiently in a browser that is continually increasing in performance. These web applications can be programmed and run in a web-connected or disconnected mode.

The Ajax libraries and toolsets that have sprung up in the last few years (E.g. Prototype, Dojo, et al), along with the advancement of the browser itself, collaborations between Open Source and industry (Adobe, JVM and Flex), and many of the open source communities supporting this vision for the future of the web really gets me excited and motivated to wake up and write code, and dig deeper each day into the nuances of these technologies. Good times-

(ps, here is another good read:

Javascript Compressors

Javascript compression is used by professional web developers to compress JS, and decrease the latency of page loads. Which compression tool do you use? Do you use any that aren't on this list? I'm interested in hearing what other people are using.

Dojo ShrinkSafe: uses Rhino (Javascript engine written in Javascript) to compress without regular expressions

JSMin, The Javascript Minifier

The Javascript Compressor:

(another useful link, not related to compression, but a tool that is helpful in writing Javascript in addition to Firebug: JSLint --

Firebug, Joe Hewitt; (high rez screencast from YUI Theater)

...Firebug is an unbelievable Javascript tool -- for creating, experimenting, and debugging Javascript. Check out Joe Hewitt's presentation:

"Web 2.0 -- The Machine is Us"

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Coldfusion MX Developers Needed -- Send me your Resume

We are looking to hire a handful of Coldfusion MX Developers for a set of projects. These are full time positions here in Seattle, WA. Contact me by phone or email if you are interested. The company that I am working with has a great culture, very cutting edge using the latest CF7 and CF8 BETA, along with db technologies like mySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, some SQLServer.

We are looking for Coldfusion Developers of all skill levels, but basically people with a passion for development with CF. It's as good of an opportunity as exists in the NW in terms of competitive pay, great culture, great projects, great people, growing company. You'll have a chance to do some cutting edge CF development with a great group of people.

My contact info to send your resume:
cell: 425.345.6764