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February 26, 2007

AJAX, Canvas, Python, and Web 2.0 goodness

Filed under: AJAX, Javascript, Python — Devlin Bentley @ 3:26 pm

Ever had to find your way around a huge college campus? How about ever been late for a class or meeting on a regular?

AJAX to the rescue!

WWU Route Finder is a proof of concept of an AJAX map using Canvas and Python. Click two buildings, and the Python back end, accessed using XMLHTTPRequest of course, shows you the shortest path between your start and destination.

The biggest advantage is that the Python back end can access a highly optimized Graphing library and potentially support real time processing of hundreds of thousands of nodes, taking advantage of the server hardware and not relying upon the performance of a browser’s Javascript engine.

Update:  fixed broken link.

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