[ANN] - HomeMarks.com - Like the world needs another AJAX ho


#1

http://www.homemarks.com/

I wanted to share my first pet project that I started about 8 months
ago when I wanted to learn JavaScript, Ruby/RAILS as a new career
move. It’s not like the world needs another AJAX home page, but I
felt like most of the others included to many features while all I
needed was a simple display of bookmarks for project related links.
If you find it useful, please enjoy using it as well. A good place to
read al the details of how the app works, is the Help page.

http://www.homemarks.com/help

Here are some notes about the app that I found interesting while
making it. Most important is that this is Firefox 2.0 and WebKit
prefered. Safari does work but the JS is slow on it. WebKit screams
with client side JS implementation speed.

  1. I coded my own extension to Acts As List ActiveRecord modules and
    custom client JS functions that use the Sortable objects on the page
    to self serialize new information and logic past the normal Array of
    Sortable.serialize. These custom serialize params minimize sortable
    SQL queries to only the object that gained the dropped element and
    where it was inserted. Limiting SQL queries to about 3 or 4 for any
    sortable action.

  2. I really also like my own modal code that I came up with (alot
    like Lightbox) that is also used for the page modal on the Bookmarklet.

  3. I am using a lot of fragment caching and wrote some interesting
    helper modules (for a newbie) that the whole application shares for
    expiring fragments appropriately.

  4. The app is hosted using Apache2.2/Mongrel

  5. Take a look at the action area and its Inbox and Trashbox. This is
    a largely overlooked feature when using the demo for the first time.
    I use the tilde ( `/~) hot key to open it up.

  6. My environment uses JsMin to create minimized versions of my the
    default JavaScript files for use with the HomeMarklet code.

  • Thanks
    Ken

#2

I love it. High quality stuff.

Good career move, welcome to the rails world.