Monday, September 28th, 2009

A note from the editors; Hat change!

Category: Editorial

Dear Ajaxian Community,

As editors-in-chief so to speak, I always feel that it is important to fully disclose to the community any affiliation change. We have always tried to by balanced, and show that by featuring all kinds of news (for example, we haven’t been shy at posting about great WebKit tech while at Mozilla, or amazing IE news ( ;) when at Google.)

Ben and I are now at Palm leading up the developer relations team.

We started devphone awhile back as a place to talk about mobile dev, but I personally didn’t have the gas to write a lot about that as I was mainly interested in the Web side of mobile development. Thus, my excitement when Palm released webOS and I had a nice path to take my Ajax skills to the rapidly growing mobile Web market.

You can expect to see some more mobile Web news, just because I will be looking at that world a lot more. However, you shouldn’t expect to see any lack of other news, and we also love to accept contributions both as quick links to great Ajax news, but also guest posts. We really do see this as your community!

Also, expect to continue to see Bespin and Mozilla news, because we are very much going to continue to be involved in that community. I am in a Bespin meeting right now! Yay open source, and open companies like Mozilla!

Thanks for being loyal readers for the life of so far, and we look forward to serving you even more in the future!


Dion and Ben

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:07 pm

3.3 rating from 34 votes


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Congrats! It seems like Palm is doing some exciting things. Just curious, where does your departure leave Bespin?

Comment by mwrea1974 — September 28, 2009

Change is always good when it’s self-triggered.

Congrats guys and keep up the good work.


Comment by AlexHernandez — September 28, 2009

Congrats! Do you guys always change companies together? It’s like Siskel and Ebert, but in JavaScript. It’s pretty cool to have found your tech-soulmate. :)

Comment by GlenLipka — September 28, 2009

Congrats! Thank you for your dedication and good luck at Palm!

Comment by randomrandom — September 28, 2009

Congrats guys…

Your first mission is to put out this fire:

“I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be developing any more software for the Palm Pre.”

It was on the reddit front page today.

Comment by pablohoney — September 28, 2009

While you’re there, try and get Palm to not lock down their Palm Pre on to any one service provider.

Comment by Jordan1 — September 29, 2009

Congratulations for your new job, I’ve tried webOS since the first private beta and definitively is a great web technology.

Let me an advice about mobile web development and be more open to server centric world, today is a clearly client centric magazine where AJAX=JavaScript framework.

This may be correct because and (I’m just citing brother sites) are more related with server side technologies including web.

But if you enter into mobile web development, server centric AJAX frameworks rule if you want to cover a wide range of mobile browsers.

Dealing with the overwhelming diversity of mobile browsers is a really really hard task for any client centric framework (for instance, try your favorite AJAX client framework with BlackBerry Bold, Storm, JDE 4.6+ in general). Therefore almost only server centric frameworks like ItsNat (very specialized in mobile web) and IceFaces do something decent in mobile using AJAX.

Disclaimer: I’m the author of ItsNat.

Comment by jmarranz — September 29, 2009

Reading the link from pablohoney really worries me – I’ve just submitted my first application to Palm, and if the process is as terrible as described in that blog post, I won’t be bothering to write any more.

I’m even planning on buying in two weeks when they’re on sale in Ireland, mostly because they’re so nice to develop for….. I’ll have to see how they reply to my submission.

Speaking of which, Ben and Dion, is it safe to presume that you’ll be working on improving the dev tools? The inspector is very buggy, and the inability to debug with breakpoints is a big problem. Firebug for WebOS a possibility??

Comment by sos — September 29, 2009

Can we safely assume that the header at devphone will soon change from the bottom of an iPhone to the gesture area of a Pre? :)

Comment by fzammetti — September 29, 2009

Jordan +1, I’d get a palm pre if they only weren’t just available on bloody O2! If they freed up the service providers – I bet they’d sell a truck load more to frustrated non-iPhone owning peasants who don’t want to change their entire broadband/phone/tv packages to another vendor! E.G. I’m on VIRGIN. Please someone save me from smartphoneless hell!

Comment by simon000666 — September 29, 2009

This is why Mozilla Labs releases take forever to come out: all the key people are busy updating their blogs when they should be paying attention during their meetings! ;-)

Congratulations to both of you. Hopefully this will give Palm a nice boost forward (says a decade-long Palm user, up until a month ago).

Comment by kswartz — September 30, 2009

I see Mozilla are looking for a new Software Engineer for Bespin now! Sure it won’t take long for them to find one. Congratulations guys!

Comment by JakeDev — October 1, 2009

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