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The Web Standards Group (not to be confused with the Web Standards Project) is a grassroots organisation based in Australia dedicated to promoting web standards and accessibility. The organisation’s activities have now spread to the other side of the world.

The first Web Standards Group event in London was held last Friday. The sold-out event was organised by Stuart Colville and featured two presentations. Andy Budd talked about web standards and the history of the screw (I guess you had to be there). Christian Heilmann talked about maintainable JavaScript. Both talks were recorded and are available via podcast.

The subject of maintainable, well-written code seems to elicit some strong reactions. Seasoned developers respond scornfully by saying that this kind of advice is obvious and goes without saying. If it’s so obvious, why is the advice to rarely put into practice?

In my opinion, this kind of straightforward, practical advice can’t be repeated often enough. That’s why I recommend you read Christian’s article in Think Vitamin. It’s packed full of good advice.

There’s more JavaScript goodness to be found in Christian’s new book, Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and AJAX.

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#1 On July 19th, 2006 2:16 pm Picus9 replied:

The namespace solutions are so simple i can’t believe it took us this long to figure it out – or at least for someone to start writing about it.

#2 On July 19th, 2006 2:58 pm Picus9 replied:

- or at least this long for me to read all about it.

#3 On July 20th, 2006 12:33 am karl replied:

A good insight about Javascript in the context of AJAX is done in this weblog post as well: The Right Way to do Ajax is Declaratively

Don’t write your interactive Web application in custom Javascript! The Web’s Declarative nature needn’t be broken just because you want two-way dynamic data instead of one-way documents on your site.

#4 On August 8th, 2006 6:50 am Felisimina Jom replied:

Speaking of javascript, I recently found a good drag and drop tutorial that I thought others might be interested in.

#5 On September 30th, 2006 1:03 pm Asp_net_2_0_Rocks replied:

the drag and drop tutorial is great., thanks


#6 On September 30th, 2006 1:48 pm Gridview guy replied:

still stuck with namespaces…


#7 On October 17th, 2006 5:58 am Tom replied:

Thanks Felisimina Jom for drag and drop tutorial it helps me alot. greetings

#8 On October 22nd, 2006 3:51 pm Guido replied:

Really good information, but the best is the drag and drop tutorial…

#9 On October 23rd, 2006 2:51 pm aRchIteKTUra replied:

“Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and AJAX” is a nice one and I recommend it, too.

#10 On November 27th, 2006 4:04 pm Andreas replied:

Let me thank Christian for his new book “Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and AJAX”. Great and free for all tutorial, what else do we need? :)

#11 On December 4th, 2006 7:50 am Volker replied:

Good news: The book “Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax” in german is available once again.
It´s a really useful tutorial!

#12 On December 8th, 2006 4:09 pm Thomas replied:

Thank you Volker. Found it at and ordered it. In a few day I’ll have it here. I am really loking forward to it!
These details will help you find it:
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 1590596803

#13 On January 20th, 2007 7:18 am Tanie linie lotnicze replied:

The book “Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax” in polish is available ???

#14 On February 6th, 2007 3:54 pm Dzide replied:

I greet
the drag and drop tutorial it is ideal to my uses. Thanks

#15 On February 13th, 2007 11:35 am Antje replied:

“Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax” – helpesa lot, thansk, also the thinkvitamin is very helpfull!

#16 On February 28th, 2007 3:58 am otilie replied:

The drag and drop tutorial is very useful for me. Thank you very much

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