And if that’s not enough then the talented Dustin Diaz has a
And if all that is too geeky for you, take a trip down memory lane with PC World’s 50 best tech products of all time. It made interesting reading, and I had fun seeing which of my favourite gadgets made it into the list.
One of my favourite free music site is 3hive, although these days I rarely get a chance to download much stuff. The problem is I have to download something before I know whether it floats my boat, so to speak. Even with broadband that’s a few seconds per song, which soon adds up.
Not any more. If you’re a user of the greasy monkey for Firefox, you’re in luck. Just download this GreaseMonkey script and you’ll get a little Flash player below each download link. You can preview each track before you download with a mere click of the mouse. The Flash player was written by Jeroen Wijering and he’s kindly giving it away free. In this version of the 3hive player the Flash file is run from my website, but you can easily amend the script to run the file from somewhere else.
Let’s say you have a list of musical styles and when someone chooses one you want to send their selection to a remote page. That remote page will look at their selection and bring back a load of sub-genres for that genre. So if they choose ‘Rock’ they will get back ‘Indie’, ‘metal’, ‘Glam’ etc. With me so far?
That remote page could build a new list of all the sub-genres, and Performer will take that sub-genre list and load it back into the original page inside the element you specify. And all that in the blink of an eye, or at least click of a mouse. Or, indeed, the press of a key – this function (and all the others, as far as my testing has proved) is keyboard-friendly.
Anyway, give it a whirl.
The time has come, after many months of development deep in my secret lab, to release my
monster lovely library into the wild. Here’s the skinny:
It’s called Performer. It allows you, using nothing but standard HTML code, to add functionality to your web pages. Functionality like toggling the visibility of elements (now you see it, now you don’t) and updating parts of the page from a remote location (all that AJAX stuff).
it is built on the quite, quite wonderful Prototype framework (and the cool site design is nicked wholly from there).
It’s free and you can use it for pretty much anything – including commercial stuff. Just follow the simple instructions in the licence, OK?
Kevin rightly advocates something called progressive enhancement, which is a methodology designed to give a working system to everyone, but an enhanced experience to those that support more advanced technologies. It’s something I’ve talked about before.
- Loading the content from a remote page when a link is clicked
<a href="ThisPage.php?With=RemotePageCall" class="loader" rel="Remotepage.php" rev="TargetElement">Click me to load the RemotePage.php file into targetElement</a>
- Hide an element when the page is loaded
I plan on supporting several other features with the first release, including togglers, so watch this space.