The Future of Social Networks


We know that there are a lot of social networks, with new social networks launched everyday. Most of these social networks die because not many people use them.

I believe that the issue may often be that these sites do not separate themselves from existing social networks. Most of these networks are almost exactly the same as a Facebook, Twitter, Digg or Flickr and since they are going for the same audience they have very little chance at surviving.

I think that in general the future of social networks is to create social networks for smaller niche groups. Take for instance a site that i have been working on. The Porsche Guys Club, which is a free on-line Porsche auto club. The idea of this social network is to connect Porsche fans in the same way as a traditional auto club, but without the cost and overhead of a traditional club.

You can take a look at the site here.

So, this is an example of what I think the future of social networks will be, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

iPhone 4 - Is it Worth Getting?


As you know the new iPhone 4 has just been release recently. The question on everyone's mind has got to be, is it worth getting the new phone. From what I've heard and seen, it doesn't seem to be a huge improvement over the old device, as Steve Jobs promised.

Is this phone destined to fail? From it's being over hyped to the fiasco that happened at the reveal (if you haven't heard Steve Jobs had a bit of a Bill Gates Windows 95 moment). Only time will tell if this phone will be the big hit that Steve Jobs thinks it will be.

In addition, with the release of the new phone, AT&T will no longer offer an unlimited data plan, unless you already have that plan. The maximum data allowed will be 2GB, which for heavy users could lead to some huge bills, if they don't watch out.

So, if you have one of the new iPhone 4's let us know if you think it is a huge step forward.

A More Intelligent Open in New Window Script


Recently, I needed to create a small JavaScript that would make links for documents and outside web sites open the links in a new window. However, any link from the web site that held the links needed to open in the same window. This was made a bit more complicated by the fact that the system that was holding the links (a third party web content management system) did not allow for the user to decide if they wanted the link to open in a new window when they created a new link.

Because I could edit the JavaScript that loaded when the page was loaded, the solution that I came up with was to call the below function in a function that was called onload. What this JavaScript does is go through all of the links on the page and any link that matches the criteria is changed to have a target of blank.

function AddTarget(){
	var TargetTag2 = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
	for(var a=0; a

Sometimes a simple JavaScript can save the day.

Making it to the Ajaxonomy Home Page


As you may know, Ajaxonomy is an open blog that allows for you to sign up for an account and write blog posts on our site. When you write a post all that we ask is that it relates to the theme of this site (so web development or technology related).

If you write a well written post about web development or a technology, there is a good chance that this post will get promoted to the front page.

What we will remove from our site is anything that looks like spam (we are currently, removing many spam articles from our site). So, make sure that you write something that a web developer will find interesting and we would love to get you on the front page of our large traffic site.

So, keep writing good articles and we look forward on promoting your post to the front page.

Flash comes to the iPhone


A new iPhone app allows users to view Flash content on their iPhone and iPad. How it works is that you download an app and it connects to a computer where Flash is run. The current free version of the app is very limited, but a $9.99 a month unlimited version is scheduled for release soon. All of this comes after Apple CEO Steve Jobs has said that Flash would not be released on the iPhone or iPad.

From what has happened in the past (most notably with the Windows Virtual machine that apple released after hackers created a way to run Windows on the Mac), I wouldn't be surprised if Apple releases a Flash application of there own soon.

You can read more about it here.

Compress JavaScript with Gzip

I found interesting tutorial today about using JavaScript with Gzip:

The main problem when we are using ajax framework is because of their big size. Of course, it will extremely slow down the sites load time. For example, if we use the standard jQuery, it’s almost 100Kb. It’s even more if we use the complete Prototype and Scriptaculous that will cost around 150Kb.Compress JavaScript with Gzip | Ajax Tutorial, Nov 2008

Read the whole tutorial here.

Visual WebGui web applications framework 6.4 beta 1 released w/ jQuery integration

The new Visual WebGui Web Applications Framework version which was released today offers upgraded performance, scalability and complete developer and designer freedom to design and customize Web 2.0 UIs. Visual WebGui 6.4 beta 1 incorporates about 1,000 complete features either added or fixed from 6.3, including increased customizability with the new control level designer, theme designer and jQuery integration. The new version also includes 4 out-of-the-box skins for simple personalization of the UI look and feel. The new version improves WinForms compatibility and provides a much comprehensive set of events with upgrades to the DataGrid and ListView.

6.4 also presents runtime enhancements with improved performance, memory consumption and CPU usage as well as scalability. The improvement in 6.4 reaches the compatibility areas with greater browser support which covers almost the entire spectrum of prominent browsers in the market.

Visual WebGui SDK with integration into Visual Studio 2010 will be available by the time that a 6.4 release version is out.

As announced before a revised documentation and a new task oriented kit will be soon available for Visual WebGui developers. The kit which will demonstrate all of Visual WebGui's controls, features and concepts will allow a quick live view of all of the platform's components as well as a deep dive for more advanced developers in their work.

Free beta downloads are available here.

Putting the Google Base API to Good Use - Part 1


A while back I wrote a post about creating a Product search using the Google Base API. We'll I've made a few examples for another blog that I've been writing on called The Porsche Guy's.

Since the blog focuses on Porsche related news and projects (I happen to have an older Porsche 944, so enjoy talking about the cars) I created two Porsche related searching tools. The first is a Porsche Parts finder that makes it easy to find the best prices on the Web for Porsche parts (you can go to the Porsche Parts Finder here). The second is a Porsche Finder, so it you are looking for a good deal on a Porsche then this tool will find the best on the web (You can see the Porsche Finder here).

My next post will go into detail as to how exactly I created these searching tools including code snippets, so look for part 2 of this post. Until then check out my first post about creating a Google Product Based Search Application here.

SharePoint Conference 2009


This week I have been at the SharePoint 2009 Conference in Las Vegas. The highlight of the conference so far was the keynote on Monday.

The keynote featured Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO and focused on SharePoint 2010. Ballmer went through all of the new features of SharePoint 2010 and announced the release date of the public beta. The public beta will be released in November and the final version is scheduled for release in early 2010.

The new features of SharePoint include easier to use development tools, debugging and profiling features inside of SharePoint and easier implementation of Internet sites. The development tools are built into Visual Studio 2010 and allow for things such as starting templates for Web Parts. This reduces the amount of hand written code to start creating a Web Part.

According to Ballmer there are quite a few Internet sites that are already using SharePoint by companies such as Ferrari, Volvo and EA. SharePoint 2010 will make it much easier for more companies to do the same (without as many issues as the before mentioned companies had in implementing).

The look and feel of the new SharePoint looks a lot more like the newer versions of Office. In fact with the new version of Office connects to SharePoint, so users will be able to do quite a bit of the work that they would do in SharePoint through the Office 2010 application that they would like.

Microsoft is also releasing a service called SharePoint online. This service is running a SharePoint service in the Cloud. Because of this you get the advantage of having Microsoft keeping the servers up and the SharePoint patched, but you do lose some administrative privileges. It is also possible to have a portion of your SharePoint running in the Cloud and the rest running on-premise.

Microsoft sees SharePoint as almost a type of Operating System, so it will be interesting to see what the future of SharePoint holds.

How to Make a Search Based on Google's Product Search

You may have seen the Google Product Search and may have thought that it would be useful to include a customized version of the search into a website or application. Unfortunately, you can't just create a custom search engine based on the Product Search using Google's custom search creator.

So, how would you incorporate the Product Search into an application? The answer is to use the Google Base API. The API allows for you to call a feed and if you use the [item type:products] option it will use the Product Search data.

The API allows you to receive the feed in Atom, RSS and JSON formats. Google has also made it very easy by making a feed URL builder (you can access the builder here).

So, if you want to make an application using the Products Search now you can.

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