Archive for the ‘AJAX’ Category

AJAX and Web2.0 User Experience Bad For Traffic Counts

Monday, April 23rd, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Back in December I read somewhere that MySpace had taken over the position as the most visited website from Yahoo. The sheer numbers of pageviews and visitors were gigantic, in November, Comscore reported: News Corp.’s MySpace recorded 38.7 billion U.S. page views last month, compared with 38.1 billion for Yahoo, according to comScore Media Metrix. […]

Bad Usability Calendar 2007 in Danish

Friday, February 9th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Thomas Baekdal and I have translated and are now publishing Bad Usability Calendar 2007 in Danish. I can highly recommend using this calendar in projects as wallpaper. But good luck on using it for actual planning. This year’s version contains advice regarding AJAX, overwhelming use of graphics, advertising, and much more. Download Bad Usability Calendar […]

Why AJAX Failed (Then Succeeded)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

E-Week has notes from “Google’s Bosworth” (which must be Adam Bosworth, formerly employed at Microsoft and working on the IE4 team). Below some notable quotes on AJAX. I really like his style a lot. Also, I can recommend his talk from 2005 on high performance systems (via IT conversations), where he mentions that one Google […]

Bad Usability Calendar 2007 Finally Ready

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I’ve been waiting for this with excitement: Eidar and the rest of NetLife Research in Norway have finally released the 2007 version of Bad Usability Calendar. Direct download: Bad Usability Calendar 2007 (1.2 MB PDF) Very nice to see that the calendar actually is released under a Creative Commons license, so you can translate it […]

Happy Birthday “Usability Must Die”

Thursday, November 30th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Even with the radical website title, I think it deserves a mention that UsabilityMustDie celebrates its fifth anniversary. Congratulations to Chris McEvoy! Keep up the good and humorous work. My favorite of Chris McEvoy’s work is the Jakob Nielsen spoof article “Why Ajax Sucks (most of the time)” where he basically just replaced “Frames” with […]

UI Conf: David Malouf and Bill Scott on AJAX

Monday, October 9th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

David Malouf and Bill Scott: Designing Powerful Web Apps with Ajax From UI 11 Conference, Cambridge, Boston October 9, 2006. David’s and Bills presentation notes available. Macromedia coined the term “Rich Internet Application” originally because they wanted to create buzz around Macromedia Flash MX. Usability tests often raise the Q: “Why doesn’t this work like […]

Secure AJAX Web Applications

Sunday, September 10th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Scott Dietzen of Zimbra posted a decent article about security issues in AJAX web applications. Ajax security considerations. Subject to the additional precautions enumerated below, Ajax applications can be made as highly-secure as the web technologies upon which the Ajax model is based. The article mentions several issues and Scott has put some thoughts in […]

Ten reaffirmations from London @media 2006

Sunday, June 25th, 2006 by Luis Villa

Hi, this is Luis Villa, Thomas and Jesper’s former colleague at Capgemini Spain. They couldn’t make it to @media in London last week, so they asked me to give a summary of the event. London @media 2006 was a Conference about frontend and web user interface in all its dimensions: strategy, design and building and […]

JavaOne 2006 daily report: The arrival

Sunday, May 14th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

JavaOne is the biggest Java convention in the world held once a year in USA. Five of my colleagues and me from Capgemini have taken the long trip from Denmark to San Francisco in California (19 hours!). My plan is to give you daily updates on all the interesting sessions I’m attending. I’m especially looking […]

XMLHttpRequest soon becoming W3C standard

Monday, April 10th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

I just found out (via BorkWeb) that the W3C is looking to standardizing the XMLHttpRequest object which is the foundation for all AJAX based applications. Today this object is implemented by all the major browsers. But because there is no standard dictating how this object should behave, the implementations are a bid different. That in […]

JotForm wysiwyg HTML form generator

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

This one’s really nice. you can edit an HTML form with this interface (click to enlarge). You can literally create a form in seconds.
Jotform screenshot

AJAX businesscase: Reduce development costs and increase usability

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

As a followup to my earlier post “AJAX performance stats, ROI, and business value“, I decided that I’d share with you some considerations on a recent project I was involved in. I can’t give you all the juicy details, and I might never be able to show you the final solution or tell, who the […]

AJAX performance stats, ROI, and business value

Saturday, January 14th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

How do you build a system that can deliver and update content to 100,000 people simultaneously? Via I saw this article from MacRumors on what traffic they got when Steve Jobs delivered his keynote on MacWorld a few days ago.

Also in this post: Ajaxinfo (the guys behind AJAX usability metrics), AJAX ROI faceoff, where a traditional webapp is compared to an AJAX webapp. For the visually oriented, there is a video comparing the two applications.

WordPress Dashboard improvements: Five things I’d like my blog software to do

Thursday, January 12th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I like Wordpress Dashboard. The name suggests that it’s an overview of whats relevant to your blog. What’s happening. What’s popular. Who comments. What important updates are available. The Dashboard should work like in a car. The most important and relevant information should be visible at a glance. Lets have a brief look at the dashboard.
I suggest you only take a brief look to judge for your self whether you think the main objectives of the Dashboard page are met.

Wordpress Dashboard for

Click on the screenshot above for and look for 5 seconds only. Then ask yourself what you could remember from the page. Yup you just tried a 5 second usability test.

Nielsen flames Ajax in spoof article

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Via Ajaxian I saw an alleged article by Jakob Nielsen “Why Ajax sucks (most of the time)”. I jumped right into the joke, and read the Ajaxian post carefully. The small print on the article gives away the spoof.

10 Places You Must Use Ajax (by Alex Bosworth)

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Alex Bosworth has ten bullets in his gun. Ajax — JavaScript updates without page reloads — sets higher standards for a responsive, interactive webapplication. Faster response-times, less page reloads makes it easier for a user to focus on a task.

Web developer’s collection of browser tools

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

With the release of Firefox 1.5, I thought it’s time to make a round up on the tools and plugins that makes my everyday work faster, more efficient. Here are some of my favorite tools for Firefox and a few for Internet Explorer.

Place in heaven for Ajax programmers

Monday, October 31st, 2005 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Just saw this quote in the Zimbra blog. After looking at the Zimbra Ajax client, Paul Ambrose (one of WebLogic’s founders and a good friend) said “There’s a special place in heaven reserved for whoever had the patience to get all the Javascript programming right.” On the mark I think. Building rich UI in Ajax […]