JavaScript 2.0/ECMAScript Edition 4

If you have not read about JavaScript 2.0 (ECMAScript Edition 4) you may want to Google it and get in touch with the major changes that will be forthcoming. It will become a much more robust language it seems, and should give web developers more options. One good article is from Waldemar Horwat: JavaScript 2.0: Evolving a Language for Evolving Systems. A pdf version is available at: http://www.mozilla.org/js/language/evolvingJS.pdf
Another article is located at the Lambda Programmers site:
http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/node/782

More on this developing information at a later date.

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Interesting new browser

Flock, is a new browser that is an attempt at a social networking browser, with connections to del.icio.us, Flickr, and RSS subscriptions among other things. I don’t usually bother with new browsers, especially when they are admittedly still very rough and in beta, but this one was interesting enough to check out. I was impressed with the direction they are taking it, and it truly seems to be a social networking tool. It is worth suggesting that you check it out to see the type of things that can and will be happening to browsers.

Through its pages, I found an “AJAX Desktop” application called “Pageflakes” that was also very interesting. It is designed to offer a personal start-up page with multiple tabs for different types of resources. You could build you own, but its interesting to see how it works and the types of resources that are available. Give it a look at http://pageflakes.com

Ajax: A good introduction

If you have not yet heard of AJAX (combination of HTML, JavaScript, DHTML, and DOM) or if you have but have not gotten started working with it, this is an excellent series to get you in the know, as well as begin to get started with it if you are ready for the next big thing in interactive development. This is the most important new direction in developing web applications and it has already proven to be very positive for the industry. Even if you are not attracted to the scripting side of development, you need to read about AJAX and understand the possibilities it offers the developer. Thanks to Stephen Downes for referencing the articles!

Mastering Ajax, Part 1: Introduction to Ajax
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-ajaxintro1.html

Mastering Ajax, Part 2: Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-ajaxintro2/

Mastering Ajax, Part 3: Advanced requests and responses in Ajax
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-ajaxintro3/?ca=dgr-lnxw01MasterAJAX3