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Asynchronous XMLHttpRequests in JavaScript

XMLHttpRequest (XHR) is a DOM API that can be used inside a web browser scripting language, such as JavaScript, to send an HTTP request directly to a web server and load the server response data...

Friday Links #56

Programming Computers Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework - The Microsoft Windows SDK is a set of tools, code samples, documentation, compilers, headers, and libraries that developers can use to create applications that...

Simply Weather Update

A couple of nice tweaks for this release. First, the layout has been improved to handle languages other than English better. Dutch turns out to be a challenging one to fit in Simply Weather’s small...

Friday Links #55

Programming Computers Unit Testing is Not a “Figure It Out Later” - If someone tells you to wait and do it later on the “next project”, it’s really not their decision. Unit testing is for...

jQuery Delay Function

Oddly, jQuery does not have delay function. The usual technique, from what I gather, is to use the animate function. Most examples use the opacity property as an animation target. $(selector).animate( { opacity: 1}, 3000,...

Improving your code with LINQ and Lambdas

I’m surprised at how much code I review that still does not take advantage of the newer constructs of C#. Here’s an (admittedly contrived) example. static void Main() { var names = new[] { "name1",...

Friday Links #54

Science and the Environment Breakthrough In Quantum Control Of Light: Implications For Banking, Drug Design, And More – Scientists use a superconducting electronic circuit known as a Josephson phase qubit to prepare highly unusual quantum...

FreeSnap 1.5.2 Released

FreeSnap 1.5 added support for multiple monitors which changed how the Win+5 key combination worked. In single monitor situations, FreeSnap centers the window on the desktop. When multiple monitors are detected, the same key combination...

Market Report Sidebar Gadget Released

There are a number of “stock ticker” gadgets available for Vista/Windows 7, but as usual, they either don’t work or they try to do too much. I have a more “casual” interest in the market...

Friday Links #53

Science and the Environment [BBC NEWS Can robots ever be like humans?](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/8064397.stm) – Check out the two videos. Somewhat “scary” what these little guys can do. [Slashdot Towards Artificial Consciousness](http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/23/199251&from=rss) - Details on a brain...
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