One thing which I usually find quite annoying is using input boxes in forms for user entered dates. Having the user manually enter date, day, month, year seems so 1997 to me. However in the interest of time, this is what most programmers slap into the web applications simply because it's easier to produce and easier to maintain. Well here's a handful of solutions that can solve that problem for you.
OK, now this is really cool. If you ask me it's a beautiful use of AJAX. Pick a category Search Click on an item and get a pop up with details Click and Drag items to the shopping cart on the right Yep, that's it. The name fits great. There is absolutely none of the clutter that you get from Amazon's main website. This site deserves a lot more than what it's getting right now.
Ever wanted to find out what your users have been up to before they came to your site? Yep, you now have that power. I can see that little twinkle in your eyes now. You're thinking that this is just insane and you can only imagine the power that now lies at your fingertips. Well, it's not that easy. How It Works First of all, stop freaking out. We're not exactly stealing your browser's history.
Now I've never really been a Photoshop guy. I just don't have an eye for that stuff, even if it may be very basic. What's my solution? My Cool Button. This service allows you to created, not to bad if I do say so myself, Web 2.0 buttons on the fly. A lil’ PHP and GD2 sure does go a long way these days.
Weebly has finally launched, well again. What is Weebly? It's online website creation using the latest and greatest of web 2.0. It's a WYSIWYG editor, but so much more. You can choose to host you website at Weebly, where you will get a sub-domain, or you can host at your own domain. For the latter option you will need to change the CNAME records of your domain name so that they point to whaterver.
This may be one of the most difficult things to consider when starting up with AJAX. There are a lot of AJAX Tutorials out there that give you good background information. And it's good to know what's going on behind the scenes, it really is, but let's face it if you're going create anything worthwhile with AJAX, it makes no scene to do it from scratch. As a developer, I'm a big fan of frameworks.
Now we all should know how to upload file using ordinary forms right? This was great back in the day, but we've been pushing Web 2.0 for some time now and it only seems fitting that we find another way. Now there was SWFUpload, which is a beautiful Flash utility that gives us this functionality, but it does use Flash, which a lot of web developers tend to steer away from.
Before we even begin, one good question that anyone would ask is since this came out over one and a half years ago, why am I only now getting wind of this? Good question. Wish I had a good answer. But on to business: AJAX Contact form 0.9. Demo available here.