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Introducing the Google AJAX APIs

  • July 30, 2007
  • By Chris Schalk
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In the browser, the video bar can appear in either vertical or horizontal orientations. Here is how the horizontal video bar appears:

video bar horizontal

Figure 7: The AJAX Search Video Bar

In addition to the Advanced UI Layer controls for AJAX Search, the AJAX Feed API also has advanced controls such as the AJAX Feed SlideShow. In total, the AJAX APIs have over seven different specialized advanced UI controls and counting for different types of applications including news bars, local search, as well as controls that work in Blogger.



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Figure 8: A Collection of Advanced UI Controls

AJAX API Wizards

If you're not into JavaScript coding but are a master at copying and pasting, the AJAX Search APIs provides a solution for you! With AJAX Search's wizards you can generate made-to-order code simply by filling out a form!



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Figure 9: The AJAX Search Code Generating Wizards

Summary

As you can see, the Google AJAX Search and APIs offer a whole host of fun and rich technology that can easily be integrated into your own web environment. Whether your are a diehard AJAX programmer perfectly comfortable manipulating DOM elements, or simply just want to add some neat content to your Blog, the Google AJAX APIs have a solution for you. For more information on the Google AJAX APIs, check out Google's API technology web site at: http://code.google.com or more specifically, for the AJAX Search API see: http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/ and for the AJAX Feed API, see: http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxfeeds/. You'll see plenty of documentation, samples, and of course the code generation wizards at these site. Happy AJAX programming!

About the Author

Chris Schalk is a tech lead in the API developer evangelism group and works to promote Google's AJAXian APIs and technologies. Before joining Google, Chris was a Principal Product Manager and technology evangelist at Oracle in the Java development tools group. Chris also recently co-authored the widely popular JSF book: JavaServer Faces, The Complete Reference published through McGraw-Hill-Osborne. Chris has also published many articles on Java and web development in many publications and web sites, including Oracle magazine, Java Developer's Journal, JavaLobby.org, TheServerSide.com, and Developer.com.





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