Articles Tagged ‘jQuery’

jQuery to be Integrated with ASP .NET

Fantastic news! Long-time golden boy of the javascript world, jQuery, is to be integrated with Microsoft’s ASP .NET framework.

In an announcement today on the jQuery blog, Scott Guthrie’s blog and Scott Hanselman’s blog, the jQuery library would be distributed AS IS with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the free Express editions. The aim is to extend ASP .NET AJAX support and generally make life easier for MS developers. Microsoft would also be contributing tests and patches to the jQuery core, but would not be submitting features etc.

This is a massive boost for a framework that won me and my company over a long time ago. jQuery now has backing from the biggest names in IT and will benefit immensely from the additional support.

The benefits are not only for the jQuery team, they’re also for any web standardistas. This support for jQuery signals Microsoft’s intentions for the ASP framework. I can only hope that from this, Microsoft adopts jQuery in its entirety, having ASP output unobtrusive, cross-browser javascript, not the ‘impossible to debug or follow’ mess that it currently uses.

Best Practice Error Messages

Warning: Error messagesEntering data into a web site is possibly the most common task that is performed. In my time designing and developing sites, I’ve seen good forms and I’ve seen bad forms. The biggest sin with these forms has always been error messages. Web sites are designed to communicate a message. Whether it’s the day’s news or that a friend is having a party, the message must be clear an unmistakable. With errors, correct placement, styling and reference are essential. I’m going to show you how not to do it, and then best practice error messages.

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Browser Wars: The SlickSpeed Test

Firefox 3 start pageWith the impending release of Firefox 3, a new chapter to “browser wars” is upon us. In this short series, I’ll be looking at what each browser offers to a user, and hopefully pick a champion.

The first battleground is JavaScript. In the late 1990s, JavaScript was shunned by many web developers because of browser incompatabilities, bugs and that it wasn’t very useful for things other than fancy clock (which flash is better at anyway). Since the rise of the XmlHttpRequest, JavaScript has become a way to enhance a website and provide new ways of interacting with the users. Combine this with JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, mooTools, Prototype and DoJo, JavaScript has had a renaissance of biblical proportions. With the Web Standards Project releasing Acid 3 as a JavaScript test, the JavaScript comeback has been set high standards of compliance in the same way that Acid 2 did for CSS
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