Archive | November 2006

Working with the Dojo Javascript Library – First Impressions

I’ve been working with Dojo on a low priority project for the past several days. Here are my thoughts so far:

  • This discussion list archive is extremely helpful.
  • The tests are often more useful than the documentation.
  • Dojo.Select is a very cool alternative to the HTML version, but I can’t find a way to set it’s value programmatically if the options are coming from a dataURL AND the option text is different than the option values.
  • Whenever you have a problem recreating something you saw in an example, run that example against the version of dojo you are using. It MAY be that the latest dojo code is not compatible with the code you saw in the example.
  • The dojo blog is fairly active.
  • I’m having a lot of trouble with FormBind (the dojo AJAX mechanism used to post forms to the server), but I’m sure I’ll work it out. It probably has something to do with the fact that I have many forms on the page, not just one. UPDATE: Solved my issue and logged a bug about it (FormBind gives no feedback if the form’s action url is a 404.).

Opera Mini – Now with a Feed Aggregator

Looks great! I upgraded the version on my phone and it kept my bookmarks (whew!). There doesn’t seem to be a way to import your feeds from an opml file, so that’s a bummer. More details from Arve.

PhotoSynth is amazing

Just downloaded PhotoSynth after watching Robert’s video on the subject. PhotoSynth stitches hundreds of photos together to build a 3D representation of a place. You can move around inside that space with your mouse and zoom in on individual photos to get a really high res view. I remember seeing something like this a few years back, but it didn’t give you access to the original photos in the way this does. Very, very cool. I can’t wait till you can create your own collections. I don’t care that it takes days of cpu time.

Battlefield 2142 – Player Profiles. Too much information?

EA just launched a portal for viewing your and other players’ Battlefield 2142 stats (including unlocks and rank). Stats for my soldier, BadWolfOne, can be seen at this link. Currently, BadWolfOne is a Master Seargent Gold. I unlocked both recon trees, most of general and I have 2 unused unlocks.

The progress section is a little over the top, though. There, graphs will show you that my ‘kills per minute’ and ‘deaths per minute’ are both climbing at the same rate. Navigating the 20+ pages of the details section will show you that my preferred weapon is the Lambert Carbine.

All this information is great for learning from your competition, but where is the website badge made popular by XBoxLive so I can have my stats in a little box on my blog?

Update: On a side note, the Total Battlefield 2142 forums are full of tons of useful information. This ‘little secrets’ thread, for instance.