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What’s up with Microsoft?

September 12th, 2008  |  Published in General

So the first ad was weird enough but then yesterday I saw the second ad of the series and I must say, it was confusing one. What do you guys think?



Google Chrome

September 3rd, 2008  |  Published in General

The buzz on the web is all about the new Google browser — Google Chrome. So naturally, as web developers we had to give it a try and see how fast it really is. And you know what? its lightenning fast. Not a surprise given that it is powered by WebKit!There are few other things that are very exciting about Google Chrome but then there are also few things that we didn’t like. Things we didn’t like:1. The name. I mean what the heck were they thinking!?2. The completely minimized theme. While it is great from my perspective, I think the general public would’ve liked it better if they could find it familiar to use. From UI prespective, it is very important to bring the familiarity factor in for the user. They should be able to look at it and identify it as a browser something that looks like IE but works better.  So have you given it a run yet? What do you think?  

How are you using ProtoChart?

August 15th, 2008  |  Published in General, ProtoChart

We have been overwhelmed by the amount of response we have recieved on ProtoChart in our inbox. It is a delight to see how other creative minds can take an idea further and push the limits.

While we are trying to fix the bugs and get new features added to ProtoChart ourselves,  one of the biggest advantage of open-source code is that people tend to contribute to it by adding new features themselves!

Well we wanted to know how are you currently using or planning to use ProtoChart in your project?

For starters I found an interesting post on how to use ProtoChart via Camping (see comment below) at http://greg.rubyfr.net/pub/?p=506 very interesting stuff.

ProtoFlow2 — sneakpeak

August 6th, 2008  |  Published in General, Javascript, ProtoFlow, Scriptaculous

Well we have a little surprise coming for you guys soon… check it out…

ProtoFlow2 Sneakpeak

:)

ProtoChart - Download, Examples & Docs Now Available!

July 30th, 2008  |  Published in General, Javascript, ProtoChart, Prototype

We want to thank those of you who waited impatiently for the release. We are now ready to release the code, documentation (better than nothing) and examples to show you how  you can use ProtoChart to create beautiful charts in your next project!

What should you know?

You can go to http://www.deensoft.com/lab/protochart/ to view a complete overview about the library.

For all the bugs and feature submission please use our Issue list located at Google Projects.

We hope you like this library and as always we will work to get the bugs fixed and features added to the  library as we go along. Your comments and suggestions are welcome via our blog.

Test drive ProtoUI

May 27th, 2008  |  Published in General, Javascript, ProtoUI, Prototype, Scriptaculous, UI

Well we have been recieving a lot of emails since our last post regarding the UI library. We decided to provide an early access to some of the tests for the library and documentation around it. There is a lot of work still to be done and we hope to steer the project according to the feedback we recieve.

You can check out demos and docs here.

Feel free to post your comments/suggestion here.

What’s keeping us busy?

May 21st, 2008  |  Published in General, Javascript, Prototype, UI

Apart from the usual clientel work, we are working hard to bring our UI library to a stable release. A lot of work has been done and a lot more needs to be done. So keep checking the blog for latest updates on that.

This past long weekend (for us canadians) I decided to experiment with canvas and javascript. The reasonable thing to do was to build a simple charting script. After few hours of work and inspiration from Flot (jQuery plotting engine) here is the result:

Plot

Of course, this is completely based on Prototype and it supports the basic line chart, scatter plot, bar graphs and maybe next weekend I will add pie chart support to it. The code is still a bit messy so I won’t be posting it right now. I will probably wait till I am done with pie chart support before release an alpha and let you folks test it out.

So yeah a lot is going on but that doesn’t mean we don’t have time to chit chat with others. Feel free to throw us an email if you want to discuss about your next project or if you just want to say hello.

John Resig & his thursday release (updated)

May 9th, 2008  |  Published in General

John Resig has been working on something special that he will be releasing tonight. I am a big reader of John’s blog, he is one of the best Javascript developers that I have seen. So what could this surprise be?

His clue is:

  • Something small and fast.
  • Something large and pretty.

So what could it be? We shall know by tonight!

Update:

Well it is amazing what John can do with JS check out his “release” here: http://ejohn.org/blog/processingjs/

Happy Earth Day

April 22nd, 2008  |  Published in Earth Day, General

Go out and enjoy the weather. It has been exceptionally beautiful here in Ottawa for past couple of days. So take time off your computer and just enjoy mother nature.

Interesting User Interaction Research

April 22nd, 2008  |  Published in General