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If you are in California, don\’t miss the Yahoo! hack day

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Yahoo! Hack DayYahoo! Sunnyvale is hosting a [link:,Hack Day] on Friday and Saturday (29th/30th of September 2006).

It is a great opportunity to get to know the people behind Yahoo! products and get in-depth training about the [link:,YUI] and the other APIs. [link:,Check out the schedule] to see who and what you are going to miss if you cannot go.

Sadly, I cannot go there this time, but maybe the next one…

Event Handling versus Event Delegation

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

If you ever wondered how flexible web applications with hundreds of objects that need event handling are built, the trick behind it is called “Event Delegation”.

I didn’t come up with it, and it is nothing new either, but as some people seem to get confused when the term crops up, I’ve written a quick example why event delegation helps keeping web apps light and fast.

Seven simple examples for the YUI Panel Widget

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Following some feedback of a training session in several offices over the last few weeks, I’ve put together [link:,some simple examples] on how to implement the [link:,Yahoo! User Interface Library Panel Widget].

Of course, this cannot replace the [link:,real documentation], which has a lot more important information, but I hope it’ll get you going and eager to learn more. I’ve implemented Panel in some products so far, and I love how easy it is. Especially the contextual positioning is a real time saver.

Enjoy, and I hope this makes things a bit easier.

Search now with AutoComplete

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I just enhanced the site search here with an autocomplete option using the [link:,YUI AutoComplete Widget]. Just type in anything and you’ll get a list of post titles to choose from. Selecting the title automatically gets you to the entry.

I had this dynamic first, using a PHP script to poll the database, but it seems the load is too much. Anyone interested in a step – by – step how to do it yourself?

Search AutoComplete in action

Give this blog a new home…

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Seeing that I spend too much time fixing and maintaining the server for this, I am now looking for someone who can offer me sponsored hosting for this blog. In return, there’ll be a big “thanks to X for hosting” on the blog and people will love you forever.

What I need is:

  • WordPress
  • Fast connection
  • FTP access
  • Spam protection (Askimet?)
  • MySQL
  • emails (optional)

In terms of traffic, in 2006 so far I had 358,003 page loads and 255,357 visitors (which doesn’t include the RSS feeds). Average seems to be about 8 GB / month.

Hope someone out there is happy to lend a helping hand…