Archive for January, 2008

JavaScript frameworks

Times have changed. I used to avoid using JavaSript as I didn’t see the point. Why use JavaScript when many users disable it anyway? Searching for code snippets and tutorials on the web took a long time and often those scripts didn’t work properly — and I didn’t know how to fix them. But after reading a couple of good books, DOM Scripting (New Riders Press 2005) and Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and AJAX (Apress 2006), and after understanding the concepts of graceful degradation, progressive enhancement and unobtrusive Javascript, I began to see the benefits of using JavaScript.

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New year, new job

Happy New Year! To kick off 2008, I thought I’d write a few words about blogging (and social networking). I’ve got a new job too, but more on that later. First of all, I find it difficult to post here regularly. The problem is not that I don’t have anything to say, but rather that I don’t have time to do background research when preparing articles. It’s not easy for me to “just start writing”. Writing requires inspiration and practice. Writing takes time — especially when you’re not a native English speaker.

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