Monday, October 24th, 2005

Audible Ajax Episode 5: Alex Russell Strikes Back

Category: Podcasts

Episode 4 had part one of the interview with Alex Russell of the Dojo project.

We couldn’t help but keep bugging him with questions, and this podcast consists of the state of ajax, and then the second part of a two part interview with Alex.

State of Ajax

Alex Russell Interview: Part Two

The interview starts 14 minutes, 45 seconds into the podcast :)

  • How did you feel about Apple choosing KHTML versus Gecko as their renderer for Safari, as someone who writes code that aims to run cross browser
  • What are the tools and utilities that any serious JavaScript developer should be using?
  • What does Dojo use for a build system?
  • What are the problems you are trying to solve with your package system, and how does it work?
  • Is JavaScript viable? What about a memory model? What about threads?
  • Ajax is rocket science. As someone who is deep into this world, what are your thoughts?
  • As an old dhtmler, suddenly seeing the Ajax term come along and seeing a lot of buzz, what do you think has changed? Anything?
  • What do you think about continuations, and how will they affect JavaScript?
  • How do you compare the Python and JavaScript worlds?
  • Prototype vs. Class based OO: Should we be putting classes on top of this world? How do you like prototype based OO?
  • Why is Jot paying you to work on this Dojo stuff? :)
  • Do you think that we will see WYSIWYG ways of building apps via Ajax?
  • How do you see pub/sub combining with Ajax?

Download the mp3 directly

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:11 pm

3 rating from 13 votes


Comments feed

Is the mp3 link ok? When I click on it, it cuts out after about a minute…


Comment by Dominic Mitchell — October 24, 2005

yes this happened last week, when it first appeared. I just waited until the next day!!

Comment by Wayne — October 24, 2005

i love ajax

Comment by br0k3n_d4y — October 25, 2005

About continuations: Apache Cocoon has been using server-side continuations for more than 3 years now (starting with a fork of Rhino and now the official release), and it really changed the way we develop webapps.

We’re currently exploring how continuations allow cooperating “sub-page flows” in an Ajaxified application.

I’d be happy to chat about this with you guys.

Comment by Sylvain Wallez — October 25, 2005

Dom –

I just clicked on it and it downloaded the entire thing. Did you do a right-click save? or just launched inline?

Sorry for that annoyance!


Comment by Dion Almaer — October 25, 2005

Sylvain –

Would love to hear about the sub-page flows with Cocoon (I used Cocoon to good effect a few years back. A very nice app).

We should chat. Send us an email maybe?



Comment by Dion Almaer — October 25, 2005

I’ve tried both right-click saveas & RSS via iTunes and both yeild a 52 second podcast.

Comment by Wayne — October 27, 2005


I’ve just tried again and it’s all working great now. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure what went wrong the first time.

Anyhow, thanks for the podcast. I started listening to one the other day and they’re really useful. I love the news+interview format.


Comment by Dominic Mitchell — October 27, 2005

Dion & Ben,

I’ve just tried it again today and all is good.

Just to let you know, the Australian development community appreciates the effort in producing these podcasts. Keep it going!


Comment by Wayne — October 27, 2005

how about a torrent for the next one?

Comment by Stephen Emslie — October 28, 2005

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