Now some would be tempted to make a fuss over the fact that google has technically violated the BSD license that YUI ships with by removing the copyright notice from the source code (which was really silly, since it’s just in the source code: it doesn’t appear on the page at all).
But I think Yahoo should instead take this as a compliment to the awesome work that the YUI team has done over the past year. If the google devs are happy with how the code has worked, maybe they can write a customer testimonial for the YUI marketing folks to put on the YUI web site. Or maybe next year the google team can demo at the YUI party?
Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s take a look at some bandwidth stats for slideshare. 12.7% of our hits, and a monstrous 40% of our consumed bandwidth, are js files!
SlideShare don’t happen to use YUI (we use prototype and scriptaculous). But if we did, we would snap this up! Yahoo is effectively giving one more piece of distributed infrastructure to entrepreneurs looking to bootstrap a web startup. This is really generous of them.
I’ll be going to the Real World Ruby on Rails conference in Santa Clara tomorrow. The seminar is co-located with the AJAXWorld conference, so there should be lots of rich client geeks to hang out with. Fun!
The cool things about this widget are:
1) It is much less ugly and distracting than current solutions (which embed a gaudy list of icons into your blog).
3) It frames RSS subscription in language the user can understand (e.g. “Add this to Bloglines”, rather than “XML”).
Laszlo systems has always postitioned OpenLaszlo as a language that frees users from platform lockin. The markup happens to compile down to Flash, but the potential was always there to compile down to another run-time format, such as dot net. But only the potential. Until now. OpenLaszlo will soon support AJAX (a preview of this functionality is being demoed at etech as I write).
Adobe just announced the FLEX-AJAX bridge (FABridge), an open-source component that facilitates communication between AJAX and FLEX code. The meeting where it was announced showed amazing integration between AJAX applications built with Rails / prototype and individual screen components built with FLEX.
Update: here’s the blog entry with all the demos and details.
I’ve noticed another new AJAX convention cropping up in a few places that I though I’d share. It solves a real problem in an elegant fashion: how to handle registration of new users.
Every site that requires a login needs to provide a way for new users to register. The tradeoff between supporting new users and existing users is always tricky: for example, most brokerage sites are oriented towards marketing to new users, and have a little link in the corner where existing clients can log in. Other sites orient towards existing users, and new users are shunted off to a registration page.
The login widget starts out oriented towards existing users.