Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Speed up access to your favorite frameworks via the AJAX Libraries API

Tired of spending hundreds of hours writing AJAX using multiple libraries? Google may have the answer. I'm reserving judgment until I use it myself, but it looks exciting to me - let see if Google can pull another rabbit out of their hat.

Google engineers spend a lot of time working on speeding up their Web applications. Performance is a key factor for our teams, and we recognize how important it is for the entire Web.

When you take a look at the effort that it takes to setup work that should be simple, such as caching shared JavaScript libraries, you quickly realize that the Web could be faster than it currently is.

The AJAX Libraries API is an attempt to make Web applications faster for developers in simple ways:

  • Developers won't have to worry about getting caching setup correctly, as we will do that for you
  • If another application uses the same library (much more likely), they there is a much better chance that it will be already caching on the users machine
  • The network and bandwidth of the users systems will not be taxed.

AJAX Library API

Thanks to Travis for sending me this goodness!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tweets in Space

For all the Twitter fans out there, here's a super cool thing to follow - @MarsPhoenix the Phoenix lander that just touched down on the north pole of Mars.
On a related note, head to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories Phoenix Mars Lander website to catch a glimpse of the Martian surface when the Phoenix is doing its digging. The lander sure looks a lot like the one that first spotted Megatron in the Transformers Movie ... coincidence? - let's hope so.