Jun 15, 2006 News Wire

Kevin Yank
  • A toolkit for writing AJAX applications in Java, which generates the client-side code (JavaScript and HTML or XUL) for the user interface automatically. The demo seems a little sluggish and the docs a little rough, but otherwise pretty slick.
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  • This excerpt from Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger’s new book “Prioritizing Web Usability” looks at eight usability problems that have been known for years but continue to be a frequent problem today.
  • Netscape hitches its star to a Digg-like community-powered news service. With the next version of digg.com featuring general categories slated for launch in three weeks, the competition will be interesting to watch.
  • eBay is launching a wiki powered by JotSpot for its users to share information about the auction site. Other new features to the site will include user blogs and telephone alerts (U.S.-only for now).
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  • A nice top five of annoying design mistakes, if a bit on the obvious side.
  • A nice-looking open source library for generating HTML-formatted reports from a .NET DataSet object.
  • A toolkit for use with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), the services component of the .NET Framework 3.0, for exposing services as RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0 feeds.
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