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I’ve been using components of the YUI framework for a while now and have been really impressed with the depth and breadth of what it enables you to do. I was pretty convinced I’d stick with YUI for a good while….until today.
To cut a long story short, I was able to not only recreate but also improve the navigation and it all took only 2 hours and about 50 lines of code. All I ended up with a solution which was less than a quarter the size of the original but supported more browsers and (in my opinion) had a more satisfying behaviour.
Seriously, a framework which makes things this easy and yet is so powerful deserves a lot of praise. Even after being reasonably familiar with YUI, I believe it wouyld have taken me around three times as long to get a working solution using ther YUI components. Remember – this was the first time I’d ever used jQuery
jQuery, I’m converted.
I’ve been trying Tumblr over the last couple of days (http://www.tumblr.com).
Bascially it’s a ‘microblogging’ (my term..) service. You signs up, you creates posts (text, image, link, audio, video, chat) and you have a stream of posts.
- UI is good
- very easy to create posts
- default themes are nice
- fast, fast, fast to set up
- post options allow you to keep it short and cover most things you’ll need to post
- no comments
- you can tag stuff, but I have no idea how you can view posts by tag
- no ability to auto discover other ‘tumblogs’
- no public groups to join, no ability to discover other groups
How to improve
- list public groups
- list other users to follow
If tumblr allowed the above improvements I’d be there in a shot. It would be like Twitter but with a far richer data stream, and the ability to easily communicate and follow others.