Top 10 Ajax Applications 1
Ajax programming techniques have recently generated lots of buzz for good reason: they can be used to create interesting browser-based applications that do things many thought impossible with typical web browsers (in particular, a certain Ajax technique can send and receive data to and from a server without requiring the browser to refresh or reload).
Following are my picks for the 10 best Ajax applications. Selection criteria: (1) an appropriate combination of simplicity and rich functionality, (2) somehow compelling (hard to define, but I know it when I see it), (3) the more interactive, the better, and (4) free. Also, in this exercise, Iâ€™m focused on startups, so Iâ€™m not including anything from Google (maps, Suggest), Microsoft (Kahuna), or Yahoo (Flickr).
1. Kiko. A general purpose online calendar. Elegant interface and design. API coming soon.
2. Backbaseâ€™s RSS Reader. Only a demo, so you canâ€™t add your own feeds. Still, very nice.
3. http://www.backpackit.com/ To do list organizer and simple project management application. Includes email and mobile reminders.
4. Writely. Online word processor. A bit rough around the edges (you canâ€™t save in MSF T Word format, for example) but still feels like a real application. Update: per Sam Schillace @ Writely, you can export in Word format (ed: sorry for missing this). Also, API and blog publishing features coming soon.
5. Amazon Zuggest. Francis Shanahanâ€™s version of Google Suggestâ€“but for Amazon.
6. TimeTracker. Personal time management tool.
7. Del.icio.us Director. Rich UI for managing your del.icio.us links.
8. Backbaseâ€™s Information Portal. A highly interactive aggregation page.
9. Protopage. Another twist on an information portal.
10. Periodic Table of the Elements. The next must-have for high school chemistry students?
Honorable mention goes to:
3. BackBaseâ€™s Ajax Example Page. Still more examples.
5. Ajax IM. A browser-based IM client.
6. Endoxonâ€™s map of Switzerland.
7. TaDaLists. Another to do list manager from Basecamp.
8. Primal Graspâ€™s Spell Check demo.
Any others that should be on the list?