Firefox very slow on localhost connections on Vista

Doing web development on my local machine – a Vista box – I was wondering why page rendering was so slow. First I thought my web application was not well done. But then I figured out that the pages rendered lightning fast on IE 7. And again later, I experienced, that the web application rendered pretty fast even in Firefox, when published to the live server.

Doing some research I found this blog entry, which was quite helpful.

The change of the Firefox setting network.dns.disableIPv6 to true did the trick. See screenshot below:


More information about this setting is to be found in the MozillaZine Knowledge Base.

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 11:45 am  Comments (36)  

the web developer’s handbook

Check out Vitaly Friedman’s “the web developer’s handbook“. It’s an awesome collection of very useful links to sites about CSS, DOM, AJAX, design etc.

Published in: on September 14, 2006 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Present your photos smoothly: Thickbox

ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal.

Link: Thickbox 2.0
See also our Code Poetry post about JQuery.

Published in: on August 27, 2006 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

qooxdoo, a powerul AJAX GUI Framework

qooxdoo is one of the most complete open source AJAX frameworks. It is an LGPL-licensed multipurpose framework that includes support for professional JavaScript development, a state-of-the-art GUI toolkit and high-level client-server communication.


Published in: on August 27, 2006 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Program AJAX Pages the WinForms way

I accidently ran into Visual WebGUI as I searched google for the words “AJAX and WinForms“. The concept is pleasing: just program application like you are used to when program WinForm applications. The author calls this technique the WOW model: WinForms Over The Web. The output is a web application which makes heavy use of AJAX and has a Windows look and feel. At the time of this writing, the framework only supports Internet Explorer. Code
Project offers two tutorials: Developing your first Visual WebGui application and Developing a Visual WebGui gateway.

Globfx’s Neoswiff follows a similar approach, but compiles Flash .swf Files, Client/Server logic has to be done “by hand”. With Visual WebGUI you can program Client/Server AJAX apps just using Visual Studio as design tool. When Firefox support comes, this is definately a technology to evaluate.

Published in: on August 27, 2006 at 8:45 pm  Comments (1)  

YAML – Yet Another Multicolumn Layout

“Yet Another Multicolumn Layout” ist ein Framework zur Erstellung moderner und flexibler Layouts auf Grundlage von float-Umgebungen. Dabei stehen ein möglichst hohes Maß an Flexibilität und Zugänglichkeit im Vordergrund. Innerhalb eines Tutorials wird die Funktionsweise der einzelnen Bausteine erläutert.

[Web: Yet Another Multicolumn Layout]

Published in: on June 29, 2006 at 8:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Favourite Extension of the day: Firebug

For those of you loving the Firefox extension Aardvark, this extension might be of interest: FireBug

FireBug lets you explore the far corners of the DOM by keyboard or
mouse. All of the tools you need to poke, prod, and monitor your
JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax are brought together into one seamless
experience, including a debugger, error console, command line, and a
variety of fun inspectors.


  • Some Fun Features
  • Logging for web pages
  • JavaScript Debugging
  • Errors at your fingertips
  • Inspectors galore
  • Command line
  • Ajax Request Spy
  • Live Editing

[Link FireBug –]

Published in: on May 30, 2006 at 5:49 am  Comments (1)  

FF Extension of the day: Paste and Go

Paste and Go extension

This extension lets you paste an URL from the clipboard into the address bar and load it as a single step, either via the adress bar's context menu or by pressing Ctrl-Shift-V. Similarly, you can "Paste and Search" via the search bar's context menu or Ctrl-Shift-S.

Published in: on May 22, 2006 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tweaking Firefox

Whilst tweaking my friend's notebook, I stumbled over this interesting blog entry: "This May Help Your Firefox Memory Leak". This setting obviously helps freeing some memory consumed by Firefox.

[via CyberNet Technology News]

Published in: on May 20, 2006 at 2:02 pm  Leave a Comment