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Social Networking made easy by Ajax and JavaScript

Social Networking made easy by Ajax and JavaScript


This is the age of Web 2.0. Collaboration is the need of the hour. This need is quenched by social networking sites like twitter, facebook, linked in, myspace and others. Needless to say they have become immensely popular.

What triggers them? Mostly these sites use JavaScript and Ajax. Social networking websites function like an online community of internet users. These sites allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks. The business model is based upon large membership count, and charging for membership would be counterproductive. Companies such as MySpace and Facebook sell online advertising on their site. Social networks operate under an autonomous business model, in which a social network's members serve dual roles as both the suppliers and the consumers of content. If these social networking sites are used effectively they can enable marketing professionals, sales people and customer service agent to develop meaningful relationships with customers in new ways. The social networking sites increases the brand awareness, leverages the online channels, acts as a tool for measuring the results, better understanding the customer's need etc.

All this and many more benefits makes businesses turn towards building their own social networking sites for either standalone businesses or for usage of the portal by internal employees. At times, when companies have a layered and tiered approach, Social media sites help reduce the barriers between the employee and the management.

The benefits of using JavaScript and Ajax in the social networking sites are discussed here. Searching for email addresses is a chore that can easily made much simpler with a splash of Ajax. A function called "TextboxList" meets Autocompletion is one such example of an auto-complete script that takes a Facebook-esque approach to autocompletion. Another is Ajax IM, which is embedded on the website rather than the desktop and is highly interactive. Another function is Live validation. One way to ease the pain of web forms is to add Ajax validation that tells the user instantly when has made a mistake. qGallery - it is an excellent example of using Ajax to request photos and media. Most of the social networking sites has a option called poll or rating. Ajax has a feature called Ajax Star Rating which helps the users to give rating in a more interactive way. JCrop is another feature which facilitates  photo editing online. It crops the images that have been uploaded using a powerful Ajax cropping engine. Drastic Map- it is a stellar Javascript/Ajax script that allows you to map coordinates stored in a MySQL database on top of a Google map. It's highly flexible and configurable, and the possibilities are endless in the ways that it can be used. A Google map which is so popular today uses this feature.

Mindfire Solutions has rich experience in complex RIA and AJAX application development, especially integrating AJAX technologies to modernize existing web sites and web applications. Some of them are described here.

Web Content Management System- It caters to the CMS Industry. The technologies that are mostly used are AJAX, Object Oriented JavaScript, Cross-browser implementation, CSS, DOM manipulation, XHTML, XML, XSLT, Adobe Spry, Prototype and others. The application is a CMS product having almost all the common and advanced features of a Content Management System product. The Ajax-enabling of the product is being carried out at a level deeper than applying cosmetic touch-ups, involving design changes, replacing clumsy legacy dialogs with faster and more intuitive user interaction, eliminating page-load overkill, using a diverse suite of Ajax patterns (dynamic popups, progress indicators, drag-and-drop, live search, etc), resulting in highly improved usability and customer satisfaction.

Online Chat Application- It caters to the automobile industry. The technologies it uses are ASP.NET, AJAX, JavaScript, CSS, XML.This is a web-based chat application, provides instant messaging facility. The chat application developed is very flexible. Only when the dealer staff needs to initiate a chat then only the Chat room box will be appear on the site visitor or end user screen.

Mindfire Solutions is regarded as one of the top JavaScript AJAX Development providers in India and Ria Ajax application service providers. It has also gained adequate expertise in asp.net application development. Our software development team has years of experience in developing the above mentioned applications and projects in various industry domains.

Be it the dedication to serve, be it the exceptional transparent dealings or be it the personalized client centric focus, Mindfire has always shown the passion to create a long lasting business partnership with customers. Mindfire Solutions is a Microsoft Gold certified partner, an Apple developer connection premier member and has business partnerships with big names like IBM, Adobe and others.

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