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Sep 18, 2006 News Wire

By Kevin Yank

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  • Web accessibility experts accessites.org calls for web developers to give up their dependance on Transitional DOCTYPEs. There really is no reason to still be using them.
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  • Sebastian Werner, developer of the qooxdoo JavaScript GUI framework, has noted a huge increase in JavaScript performance in IE7 compared to IE6. Microsoft has apparently fixed a performance issue that occurred with a large number of objects in scope.
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  • An AJAX component written in PHP for displaying database records (or other tabular data) in a paged, sortable, editable view. slGrid is open source under GPL and is also available under a commercial license.
  • This component is for use with Microsoft’s Atlas toolkit for AJAX, and enables the back/forward button to track AJAX application state, including (for example) partial page updates produced using the Atlas UpdatePanel component.
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  • This update to the popular version control system introduces new support for mirroring repositories, and a great many performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • Developer Dana Hanna is coding a new and useful (albeit small) application every evening for 30 days.
  • Hmm… it took me awhile to find an actual list of new features in Acrobat 8, and when I finally did it was pretty underwhelming. Certainly, there is nothing I can see that will affect web developers in this release.
  • This blogger at TechRepublic believes PHP will lose out to Java and .NET due to its lack of multithreading and its failure to beat back Ruby on Rails. I don’t think threading is the showstopper he makes it out to be, but some of his points have merit.
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Kevin Yank is an accomplished web developer, speaker, trainer and author of Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL and Co-Author of Simply JavaScript and Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! Kevin loves to share his wealth of knowledge and it didn't stop at books, he's also the course instructor to 3 online courses in web development. Currently Kevin is the Director of Front End Engineering at Culture Amp.

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