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Raphaël—JavaScript Library Blog Only 5% of the end-user response time is spent fetching the HTML document. This result holds true for almost all web sites. The most part of websites spend less than 20% of the total response time getting the HTML document. The other 80+% of the time is spent dealing with what's in the HTML document, namely, the front-end. That's why the key to faster web sites is to focus on improving front-end performance. (thanks YAHOO!) There are three main reasons why front-end performance is the place to start. There is more potential for improvement by focusing on the front-end. The performance golden rule is: optimize front-end performance first, that's where 80% or more of the end-user response time is spent. Based on this "golden rules" me and Brian Chan decided (while the New Year's Eve party) to give a New Year's present for Liferay community and start a serie of performance improvements on our front-end. 1. CSS Sprites are the preferred method for reducing the number of image requests. 2. 3.

50 Amazing jQuery Plugins That You Should Start Using Right Now jQuery has a wonderful community of programmers that create incredible things. However, it may become difficult to sift through everything that is released and find the gems that are absolute must-haves. This is why, in this post, you will find a collection of 50 new jQuery plugins and JavaScript libraries that, when applied with good measure, can make your sites a joy to use. The plugins are organized into categories for easier browsing. Dialogs The browser's built-in dialogs are easy to use but are ugly and non-customizable. 1. Alertify (github) is small library for presenting beautiful dialog windows and notifications. alertify.alert("Message"); alertify.confirm("Message", function (e) { if (e) { } else { } }); 2. jQuery Avgrund jQuery Avgrund (github) is another cool dialog solution. Forms Forms are tedious and boring. 3. iCheck iCheck (github) is a jQuery plugin that enhances your form controls. 4. Long Press is a jQuery plugin that eases the writing of accented or rare characters. 6.

AJAX Introduction # AJAX stands for Asynchronous Javascript and XML. It is used to allow frontend html/javascript communicate with the backend. For example, during a form submit, instead of using HTML forms to POST, AJAX can be used to do an asynchronous javascript POST to a backend script. For more information about AJAX, see Wikipedia - AJAX (Programming) AJAX in Liferay 6 # As of Liferay 6, there is AJAX support built into its current javascript library, Alloy UI. AJAX in Liferay 5 # In Liferay 5.1, the AJAX toolkit has been obsoleted. Liferay 4 used a Liferay-specific utility called AjaxUtil to allow users to easily write Ajax. The javascript AjaxUtil.update() invokes the URL to retrieve this HTML fragment, and replaces the contents of the HTML element specified in the second parameter with the returned HTML. For example, you have a portlet that has a div layer in it, we will call it library. <form> First Name: <input type="text" name="fn" /> Last Name: <input type="text" name="ln" /></form>

Blog | Well Caffeinated jBPM jBPM is a flexible Business Process Management (BPM) Suite. It makes the bridge between business analysts and developers. Traditional BPM engines have a focus that is limited to non-technical people only. jBPM has a dual focus: it offers process management features in a way that both business users and developers like it. What does jBPM do? A business process allows you to model your business goals by describing the steps that need to be executed to achieve that goal and the order, using a flow chart. This greatly improves the visibility and agility of your business logic, results in higher-level and domain-specific representations that can be understood by business users and is easier to monitor. The core of jBPM is a light-weight, extensible workflow engine written in pure Java that allows you to execute business processes using the latest BPMN 2.0 specification. jBPM is also not just an isolated process engine. Process languages jBPM6 What to do if I encounter problems or have questions?

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns Design patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in software design. They are both exciting and a fascinating topic to explore in any programming language. One reason for this is that they help us build upon the combined experience of many developers that came before us and ensure we structure our code in an optimized way, meeting the needs of problems we're attempting to solve. Design patterns also provide us a common vocabulary to describe solutions. This can be significantly simpler than describing syntax and semantics when we're attempting to convey a way of structuring a solution in code form to others. In this book we will explore applying both classical and modern design patterns to the JavaScript programming language. Target Audience This book is targeted at professional developers wishing to improve their knowledge of design patterns and how they can be applied to the JavaScript programming language. Acknowledgments Credits Reading We already use patterns everyday

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