Monday, 29 September 2008

JQuery With Microsoft

Recently I started development on a brand new web site project, which gave me the opportunity to use JQuery with AJAX on the client side.

I would like to say that I carefully chose JQuery over Prototype, Scriptaculous or one of the other javascript libraries but with time short I picked the first one which seemed the most popular and looked easiest to pick up.

Luckily for me I chose correctly and JQuery has turned out to be an amazing library with the ability to manipulate the client side DOM with ease and has some nice UI effects like fade, shrink and grow for HTML elements.

My choice has further been backed up by the recent announcement the Microsoft will be distributing JQuery with all their future releases, in addition they will be adding increased intelliscence to the library making it even easier to use.  Also all future AJAX Toolkit releases will build on the JQuery library.

To read the full announcement from Scott Guthrie go here

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Learn From Stanford

Heard of the prestigious Stanford university in America? Well now you can learn like you you where one of Sigma Chi's frat brothers.

The Engineering arm of Stanford are offering a number of course online for FREE, the 10 free courses cover Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Linear Systems and Optimisation.  The courses consist of video lectures and course handout so you can get can learn like you where actually there, the content is large and all you expect from a course at Stanford

However there is one drawback to doing the course on-line you cannot earn any accreditation from Stanford so all your learning will be for your own gratification, although going back to learning theory might be one way to spend your free time.

To find more visit the official web site here

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