Viva la revolution

For the longest time, I thought JavaScript was evil. The only thing I ever saw it being used for was chintzy eye candy on websites, dynamic HTML I didn’t deem necessary, and other, more nefarious, things. Well, my attitude has changed. Ajax has changed that. It has shown me that there are useful things that JavaScript can do. Very useful things. There are a few prominent examples of Ajax, with Google Maps and GMail potentially being the most prominent.

Well, a few weeks back, I began taking the plunge. I spent around $200 on various JavaScript and DHTML books in the attempt to begin my absorbtion of the JavaScript language and Ajax techniques. Well, progress has been slow. JavaScript is different than other languages that I’ve learned, but I’m getting there slowly.

I just inserted my first foray into JavaScript into the site today. Its nothing huge, but it will save me some grief, and hopefully make things a little more spiffy. I inserted some code to generate my comment forms dynamically instead of linking to another page. This has the cool effect of placing the comment form right in the comment. Another side effect is that this should completely prevent my site from getting automated comment spam. I get a fair amount of it, and it’s currently all filtered (with a 100% success rate) by my commenting code, so it hasn’t been a huge annoyance. This should stop it completely.

None of this stuff is in any way new or exciting to people that know what’s going on with the Intarweb, but it is progress for me. As everyone knows, you have to learn how to crawl before you can learn to walk.

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