Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
Well, the summit is over. Some people asked us going into the summit, “What exactly are you guys going to talk about? What is going to come out of the summit?” We couldn’t really answer that question then, and, now that’s over, we can’t answer it now, either.
We definitely covered a lot of issues, both from the design and development disciplines. But the event’s agenda was group-driven, and unfortunately, this group never reached anything close to concensus on what to talk about and what we wanted to achieve.
No dominant Ajax framework emerged, no plans for a unified Ajax framework were seriously entertained (whew!), no universal ajax architecture slides were produced (though we were threatened with one or two), and no “best practices” emerged.
It was also interesting to see how seriously web designers are taking the new features that Ajax introduces. Folks at Adaptive Path, Technorati, Flickr and other places are trying hard to gracefully introduce new ajaxian features into the applications and properties without disrupting the user experience. And they all had some good ideas about how to achieve that goal.
We all agreed to keep in touch, and it seems like this group might yet come together to do some interesting things in the space. All in all, time very well spent.
Update: Photos are up on Flickr
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:56 pm