I’ve tiptoed into the Web 2.0 world by adding a couple small Ajax features to the blog. First, there’s now a “More” link at the top of my Random Bookmarks sidebar which fetches another seven random links from the server and plugs them into the page without reloading. Second, I added a gratuitous animated roll-unroll toggle to the comment form, and made it closed by default. OK, that’s not Ajax, that’s just fluff.
I’ve been enjoying listening to the “Audible Ajax” podcasts from Ajaxian lately. One of the older shows was a talk by Lugradio’s Stuart Langridge in which, in an aside, he mentioned a table sorting widget he had written. It sounded cool. When I got home I fired up the browser and found it: sorttable.js. Even though it’s over two years old and doubtless there are a bazillion Ajax (tm) toolkits that include supersets of this functionality, I find it to be a very elegant thing.
I wish I’d known about retest when I posted about regular expressions recently. It’s a great little utility from Christof Hoeke that uses Python’s re module and SimpleHTTPServer power to give you an interactive regex tester right in your web browser. He says he’s only tested it on Windows XP, but it worked great for me on OS X 10.4.3. Brendon commented on Sun Feb 18 18:29:06 2007: Another good Regular Expression tester to check out is ReJax:
Another Update, 2005-12-15: MS has fixed the incompatibility with Gecko-based browsers as of today. Update: A connection at Microsoft has said that this should at least work on Firefox, and that he’s passed along my report. Hopefully fixes will be forthcoming. Windows Live Local has potential, but it’s a total strikeout on the Mac. (Perhaps the “Windows” part of the name should have been a clue. But if it’s really not supposed to work on the Mac, why not do some browser sniffing and send a helpful message – like “Go away”?