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AJAX has become an increasingly popular tool to develop RIAs. With AJAX, as with many new technologies, developers often overlook core application issues such as error handling. While many current AJAX frameworks come with ways to handle errors, the built-in error-handling methods might not be quite what you need, and it's possible that you might not even want to adopt a specific AJAX framework at all. So how do you handle errors in AJAX? This article will guide you through one possible way to implement custom error handling in AJAX using many of the same techniques that you'll likely read about in other parts of this magazine. Because AJAX represents a big paradigm shift in the way users interact with Web applications, it's easy to leave your users confused when things don't quite work as they'd expected. To enhance the user experience, it's equally important to ale... (more)

User Configurable Reports Using Report Builder

Delivering well-formatted reports through a web browser has always been a problem. Style sheets and cross browser compatibility are just a few of the many issues we, as developers, have to deal with when creating HTML based reports. Fortunately, with the release of CFMX 7 Macromedia has provided us with a great tool for providing end users with well formatted, browser independent reports: ColdFusion Report Builder. Now that we have the Report Builder, life is perfect (at least when it comes to delivering reports via the web) - right? We have one tool to create a query and a perf... (more)

Custom Error Handling Using AJAX

AJAX has become an increasingly popular tool to develop RIAs. With AJAX, as with many new technologies, developers often overlook core application issues such as error handling. While many current AJAX frameworks come with ways to handle errors, the built-in error-handling methods might not be quite what you need, and it's possible that you might not even want to adopt a specific AJAX framework at all. So how do you handle errors in AJAX? This article will guide you through one possible way to implement custom error handling in AJAX using many of the same techniques that you'll li... (more)