JS4Nubs: Real-time Hit Counter

This is my first post in a series called 4Nubs. Which is basically programming tutorials for noobs. So, here I go... Tell me what you think.

If you use GMail, or if you’ve ever been to, you’ll know that they have this cool ad for their huge storage space. It’s a number that goes up continuously. Google wants you to think that you’re gaining storage space continuously.

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But what seems like a second-by-second increase of mailbox quota, is actually a simple JavaScript trick. If you look into the source code, there is a timer that increments the number every 1000 milliseconds. So here, we’re going to imitate that effect, but in a simpler way.

Say, I wanted to make a hit-counter that would update itself automatically. So, I figure out that I get 1 visitor every 23 seconds. (It’s actually a lot less )

So, here’s what I would do:

First, lets layout my new magic hit counter.

You are visitor number <span id="hitcounter"></span>.

That’s it for the layout. Now for the JavaScript:

<script type="text/javascript">
var delay=23000; //Time in milliseconds
var startvalue=400; //What number to start with

function increment(){
document.getElementById("hitcounter").innerHTML = startvalue;


So, every 23 seconds, the hit counter will go up by one. But to get the number of hits that have already passed, you’ll need some more programming.. Hmm. So I guess this isn’t really useful.

Oh well.


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Sat, 05 Dec 2009 07:56:40 GMT

gmail is increasing storage at like .000000000000001 bytes per sec!

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