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Timeago is a jQuery plugin which enables you to display fuzzy timestamps. And, the timestamps are auto-updated.

Some example timestamps are "5 minutes ago, about 2 days ago".

JavaScript Timestamps

Using Timeago is very functional for displaying more friendly timestamps and auto-update feature makes it more accurate when a page is opened for a while.

P.S. John Resig also has a similar solution named JavaScript Pretty Date.

SQL Buddy is an open source web-based MySQL administrator with an Ajaxed interface.

It requires no setup and works once the files are uploaded.

Ajax MySQL Admin

SQL Buddy handles logins with the MySQL user tables. Ordering & resizing the columns makes browsing easier.

Although browsing is mostly with Ajax, the application is browser back-forward friendly. And, it enables you to import/export to/from .CSV files.

Gregarius is an open source web based feed reader. It is similar to Google Reader but you can install in on your servers.

It has a very simple & functional interface with a password protected administration area.

Open Source Feed Reader

This feed reader has Ajaxed item tagging & full-text search features. It is committed to web standards: renders XHTML/CSS, supports OPML.

The application is built with PHP & uses MySQL or SQLite for storing the data.

With a getting active community, Gregarius has multiple themes & plugins.

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  • Zoki Poll is a free PHP – Ajax poll script that stores data in a XML file.

    Free Ajax PHP PollIt has flexible display options for integrating the poll in limited spaces like horizontal scrolling long question & answers or vertical scrolling of answers.

    Vote results are displayed with a nice, animated percentage bar & the look of the poll can be easily changed via CSS.

    To prevent duplicate voting, Zoki Poll has a cookie-based protection system.

    This Ajax poll script does not have an administration interface & it is a nice piece of code if you’re ready to integrate it yourself.

    P.S. Downloading the script requires free registration.

    Imago is an Ajax image gallery built with MooTools.

    This gallery has connectors for Flickr, SmugMug & SimpleViewer to call images from them or use their XML files.

    Imago is fully customizable with CSS & very easy to use.

    A detailed "how to use" information guides you on setting up your Ajax image gallery.

    Update: This resource seems to be unavailable from now on.

    This is a free streaming Flash MP3 player that is easy to use & customize as it comes with the .FLA file.

    The player uses a XML file where its design can be customized and the song to be played can be mentioned.

    Free Flash MP3 Player With Source

    The player plays 1 song which makes it ideal for using it as a website background music player or can be improved further.

    It is written with Flash8 / AS2.

    jqGrid is an Ajaxed jQuery grid plugin with amazing features.

    As the grid is a client-side solution that loads data with Ajax callbacks, it can be used with any server-side language like ASP, PHP, ASP.NET, JSP and so.

    A clever feature is sub grids which shows you a sub grid when a master column is called.

    jQuery Grid Plugin

    Some features of jqGrid:

    • paging functions
    • add, edit, delete & search records
    • accepts XML, JSON, array or user data as input
    • multiple selection of rows
    • sub grid & grid details (great feature!)
    • UI datepicker integration
    • & more…

    jqGrid is very impressive with the interface, features, usability & documentation. To check this great jQuery grid plugin, click here.

    Raphaël is a JavaScript library that facilitates using & creating vector graphics in websites.

    It uses SVG & VML for creating graphics. As every graphic generated is a DOM object, you can manipulate them via JavaScript.

    JavaScript Vector Graphics

    This graphics JavaScript library is very ideal for creating charts, images effects like rotation or reflection.

    An example:

    Creating graphics is much easier with Raphaël compared to writing everything from scratch as a circle can be created with:

    paper.circle(320, 240, 50).attr({fill: "#223fa3", stroke: "#223fa3", "stroke-width": 3, "fill-opacity": 0.5});

    The library currently works in all major browsers except Firefox 2 & it is still under development.

    This is a nice animated menu built with MooTools.

    The trick of the menu is a Flashy hover effect of the arrow (or any element you want).

    MooTools Animated Menu

    To use this menu script, you don’t even have to play with JavaScript except defining the variables:

    • background image container
    • nav elements
    • current nav element’s div id
    • background image’s y coordinate
    • left offset of the image

    A well-described usage of the menu including the download of all the necessary files can be found at the script’s website.

    Navicat, which is a powerful MySQL admin tool, is giving away 3 standard version licenses ($129/each) to WebResourcesDepot readers. You can find the details on how to win the licenses in the post.

    Special Discount:

    Navicat standard version licenses can be purchased with a %50 discount ($64.50 discounted price) during the giveaway, which will end 1 week later which will end at 08.21.2008 (updated at 08.08.2008) , via this link:

    https://secure.shareit.com/shareit/checkout.html?PRODUCT[300175400]=1&COUPON1=promo08

    Navicat MySQL Tool

    What is Navicat?

    Navicat is a feature rich & very easy to use MySQL admin tool with an intuitive interface that runs on Windows, Linux & Mac.

    As a developer, I’m an user & fan of Navicat for 2+ years. I have used several web based or Windows-based applications but the easiest, fastest & least (even non) problematic application one for me was Navicat.

    My favorite feature is "HTTP tunnel" which enables you to connect MySQL databases when direct connections can not be done (many hosting companies only allow local connections) by simply uploading a special PHP connector file.

    Navicat MySQL Administrator

    Databases can be exported/imported between different formats like SQL, Excel, Text, XML, Access & more.

    Another beautiful feature is task scheduling. You can run automated backups, tasks & get notified via e-mail.

    Some other powerful features are:

    • Manage databases, tables, records, stored procedures, triggers…
    • SSH Tunnel for secure connections.
    • Backup: backups your databases with few clicks and makes them easily reachable.
    • Transfer data between local & remote databases (great when switching from test to production environment or opposite).
    • Visual query & view builder.
    • Server monitor: monitors process list, variables or status of MySQL servers.
    • And many more. See the full features list.

    Navicat also has a PostgreSQL version & they will be releasing an Oracle version tomorrow (Friday).

    Conclusion:

    As an user of Navicat, I strongly suggest any developer to use this great tool to save time & have more functional features.

    And, the tool can be tried with a 30 day trial version.

    How to win the giveaway licenses?

    Just comment to this post with at least "I want the license" text besides any other comment.

    Winners will be selected randomly from commenters 1 week later (08.14.2008) with the SQL query below:

    SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=448 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

    Good luck to all : ).

    P.S. Winners will be able to choose the OS version of the license to fit their needs.

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