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Monday, May 29, 2006

MindRetrieve got Ajax

Thanks for the Prototype library, MindRetrieve has started to add some Ajax UI, like an auto-completer for entering tags makes it so much easier to from pick existing tags.

I have spent much time struggling with Javascript and the poorly documented DOM before. Relying on trial and error and tribal knowledge to program DHTML is so painful. I'm glad to find these new generation Ajax libraries has brought a big improvement to this situation. They have done things the DOM standard has failed to do, namely to provide a consistent interface to programming dynamic elements across browsers.

Prototype's implementation has a lot of neat things. The $() method as a shorthand to document.getElementById() is just brilliant.


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