Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Ben and Dion Step Down as Editors of

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In the spring of 2005, the two of us gave our first Ajax talk together. The subject of the talk was DHTML, but Jesse James Garrett had just coined “Ajax” a few days previous, so we sprinkled the term throughout the slide deck. We needed a place to put some source code that accompanied the talk–an RSS reader was called “RSS Bling”. was born.

Here’s a random picture someone took of us right before we gave that first talk:

Ben and Dion hacking away on their talk

(Surely we’re just reviewing the slides in this pic, not hurriedly hacking together something at the last minute.)

Because the Ajax space was moving so quickly, we wanted a place to track the fun hacks, great libraries, and fantastic showcases that were coming out daily, so we started using Ajaxian to post Ajax news and very occasionally, an editorial. It’s fun to think back to those early times; the web world was drunk with new possibilities and no one was really quite sure how the draw the boundaries.

After a few months, things were moving so fast we thought it would be great to get the emerging Ajax community together. With help from Jay Zimmerman of No Fluff Just Stuff and Chris Haven, we put together the first Ajax Experience show in San Francisco. It was incredibly fun seeing so many of the folks in person we’d been covering on the site, and sharing with the broader developer community what was now possible.

Dion blesses the crowd at the first Ajax Experience

Our little Ajaxian blog grew over time–we still remember with awe when someone compared the traffic Ajaxian sent them to Slashdot–and we’ve gone on to co-produce several more Ajax Experience shows. It’s been a thrilling ride.

Now, years later, it’s time for us to formally hang up our Ajaxian hats. We’ve always juggled the site with our full-time jobs (various start-ups, Google for Dion, Mozilla, Palm, and now HP), and posting daily while balancing families and work can wear on you after a while–we can’t do it all anymore. TechTarget (the company that has owned for some time) will take on editorial ownership of the site. We will still carry on posting every so often–it’s in our blood–but it won’t be on a regular schedule.

This transition comes at an important time for us. Palm was an opportunity to show the world that an OS based on the Web can be fantastic, but now, with HP’s resources behind Palm, there’s an even bigger opportunity ahead that will require all of our focus and energy. Oh, and it’s summer, too. :-)

Thanks for being there for us over the years. We look forward to the next series of adventures. With HTML5 continuing to build steam and browser innovation hotter than ever, it is going to be a great time for us Web folk.

As always, you can keep up with us on Twitter: Ben and Dion.

All the best,

Ben and Dion

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 3:48 pm

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Thanks for creating such a great site. It’s been my source for all things AJAX for the last five years. Good-luck with HP, and everything else you choose to do in the future!

Comment by MarkBennett — July 7, 2010

You guys have been awesome running this site. Congrats, and best wishes with your endeavors at Palm.

Comment by getify — July 7, 2010

You did a tremendous job! Best luck to you guys in all your endeavors!

Comment by elazutkin — July 7, 2010

I wish you the best Ben and Dion, you guys have been great running this site and you’re doing and awesome work at Palm. Best of luck, Nicolas.

Comment by philogb — July 7, 2010

Very sad to hear this, but here’s to pushing webOS even harder in the coming months. Thanks for the years of hard work, we’re all better devs because of Ajaxian!

Comment by sos — July 7, 2010

Thanks so much Dion and Ben – you’ve done an awesome job running this site!

Comment by maccman — July 7, 2010

Thank you guys for all your hard work over the years. You’ve really made a difference and for that we should all be grateful.

Comment by donovan713 — July 7, 2010

Guys thanks for all your hard job, wish you the best at HP/Palm,

1 question.. new editors?

Comment by mrpollo — July 7, 2010

It’s been great following you guys and the ajax trend over the years… In an era of zip-zap 5-second sound-bites, retweets, reposts, feed-frenzy, you’ve done a tremendous job of sticking to the core and sticking with it for so long. Thanks!

Comment by Moos — July 7, 2010

Thanks guys for creating this site that is so helpful for the community. Wish you the best of lucks in all your new projects!

Comment by MQJ04091977 — July 7, 2010

Thanks for all the hard work Dian and Ben. You guys rock! Do something amazing at HP!

Comment by unscriptable — July 7, 2010

Thanks for the memories.

Comment by SlexAxton — July 7, 2010

Thanks for your hard work and for all the great traffic you’ve sent to developers! You’ve done an amazing job of keeping Ajaxian interesting and relevant over the last five years – good luck with your new endeavors… Thanks!

Comment by ThomasSturm — July 7, 2010

Thank you guys and good luck with your new job!

Comment by pmontrasio — July 7, 2010

This site took the web from 2.0 to 2.5 and it goes on… Thank you for all your hard work! Your news brought digital humanity to the next level. Thank you very much! :o)

Comment by SunboX — July 7, 2010

Along with this blog, the Audible Ajax podcast was one of the first podcasts I really got into back in ’05, and it turned me into a believer that JS could be a viable application platform. The contributions the both of you have made to the JS community are immeasurable and it’s been a pleasure watching your careers progress as ambassadors of the open web. Palm/HP are extremely lucky to have the both of you.

As a Palm fanboy, I can’t wait to see what you guys come out with now that you have the resources. I’ll trade my iPad in a second for a webOS tablet!

Comment by DGathright — July 7, 2010

It was a good run guys, thanks for all the awesome news and info over the years.. you will be missed!!

Comment by benalman — July 7, 2010

Besides your being a prime source of informative content, you infused the site with a lot of personality… You will be missed…

Comment by brettz9 — July 7, 2010

Thanks for all the work you guys put into this site, it’s a daily stop for me. Hopefully that won’t change.

Comment by cancelbubble — July 7, 2010

Thanks guys, hope the site stays true to your vision, good luck.

Comment by JohnDeHope3 — July 7, 2010

Thank you all, dearly; this site has pointed me in the right direction more than once! You helped me have fun programming again.

Comment by m3tropolis — July 7, 2010

Thank you Ben, Thank you Dion ! Wish you all the best !!

Comment by gabe — July 7, 2010

Thanks a lot! This site has always been my number source for AJAX news. Thank you thank you!

Comment by dummymael — July 7, 2010

hey guys, thanks for all the kind words!

Comment by Ben Galbraith — July 7, 2010

When I reached the point that I realized I had too many distraction at work, I stopped checking all my other news sites, but I drew the line at Ajaxian. Great work guys. You’ve been a constant source of news and inspiration.

Comment by genericallyloud — July 8, 2010

Thank you for all, Ajaxian has been an invaluable resource to me.

For the future, I just hope that Ajaxian will open up its doors and make content publishing by the JS/CSS community possible.

We could have editors blogs as well and maybe a directory, an Ajaxian who’s who :D

I just hope it’s not Ajaxian end but a rebirth!

ATB guys

Comment by SleepyCod — July 8, 2010

A massive thanks to Ben and Dion. The timing of the site was wonderful and has been a real help to me over the years.

Good luck with the next challenge. I’m super excited by the work you’re doing on the Web OS. Looking forward to seeing HP get their weight behind it.

Comment by philhawksworth — July 8, 2010

I had no idea that you’d sold Ajaxian. Congratulations on that. Good luck to both of you now that you’ve moved on to better things.

This is a bit of a shame for the JS world as there are not many sites that aggregate JS news quite so well. Will the new editors be as impartial as you guys? Do they have the inside knowledge that you have? I doubt it and expect this site to go downhill pretty quickly.

Where do we go next for JS news?

Comment by deanedwards — July 8, 2010

I’m really going to miss Ajaxian! Thanks for the great content you have produced over the years, Dion and Ben.

Comment by aslakhellesoy — July 8, 2010

You’ve been a great source of information and inspiration – thanks. We can only hope that Ajaxian carries on with the same level of quality.

Comment by Skilldrick — July 8, 2010

Like Dean above I didn’t know Ajaxian had been sold (congrats) – and also I think the site will go down hill quickly. I visit Ajaxian on a daily basis and it has been my main source for whats hot in the web dev world – Thanks to Ben and Dion for helping me to get better at what I do. I thought something was up as the last posted article/news was nearly a week ago… I hope this is not the sign of things to come… but I suspect it is…

Comment by wukfit — July 8, 2010

Sad day! Thanks a lot for all your efforts with Ajaxian. This site has truly been the goto place for JS news.

Good luck to you both with your future gigs!


Comment by mankz — July 8, 2010

Good luck in the future, you will be missed.

Comment by V1 — July 8, 2010

Thanks for all the good work. I can’t say I’m surprised, given the difficulty of combining a site like this with a more than full time job. For years now ajaxian has been my first stop for web dev news. I hope that won’t change, but I agree with the others that it’s not likely the new editors will be as well-informed as you guys were.

Comment by Joeri — July 8, 2010

This has always been the definitive site for AJAX. You guys have both done a great service for the developer community. I’m less surprised of the announcement as much as I had been that Dion was still going strong with Tweets and blogs. I trust we will still hear from you both often and you’re not going anywhere far.

Comment by ClubAJAX — July 8, 2010

Ajaxian was a great place for me. Thanks for the memories. Especially having to repeatedly answer what the X in Ajax stands for.

Comment by Jordan1 — July 8, 2010

Gracias, gents, for coming up with Ajaxian and tirelessly covering nifty JS things over the last five years. The comments here reflect a community of readers and fans you’ve built up over the years, which speaks to the success of your efforts. It’s a small Internet, so I expect we’ll be hearing from you guys in one form or another in the future. Keep the open web thing going!

Comment by Schill — July 8, 2010

You guys have been the heart and soul of the Ajax community — what’s Ajaxian without its Ajaxians? We’ll see… Thanks for an unbelievably rich, broad, and insightful stream of everything Ajax over many years.

Comment by Uri — July 8, 2010

Thanks for all your efforts, guys. Is there a future for the Ajax Experience conference?

Comment by dberthia — July 8, 2010

On top of consistently pulled together the most important Ajax news, you’ve also helped give attention to projects and individuals, helping them grow and gather their own audience. I count myself in this group, and can think of many others. Thanks for all the cross-posts! You’ve supported my evangelism and have been an invaluable resource for improving the quality of the Web.

Comment by souders — July 8, 2010

Just wanted to chime in too, thank you so much for all you do. has been my primary information source for all things Ajax. Great community with great info, and I’ve soaked up a lot from it all over the past 5 years.

Once again thanks and I wish you continued success in all your future endeavors.

Comment by someguynameddylan — July 8, 2010

Been checking this site almost daily since it was born! We’re gonna miss you guys.

I hope our new overlords hire some great editors to try and fill these shoes. So much is happening in the HTML5/Ajax space now, it demands more coverage!

Comment by functionform — July 8, 2010

Thanks for all your hard work. And good luck to you both.

Comment by roosteronacid — July 8, 2010

Good luck with everything — hope the site doesn’t change!

Comment by mdmadph — July 8, 2010

I heard about jQuery for the first time on your website — since then I’ve been an avid reader of Ajaxian. Incredible website! Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Comment by jakejohnson — July 8, 2010

You have been the Crow and Tom Servo to my Ajax Satellite of Love.. You will be missed.

Comment by commercehelper — July 8, 2010

hey guys,

Thank you for all the things I’ve learnt here during the last few years.
It’s been my fav blog(one that lives in bookmarks toolbar and not google reader) and I’ve read every post since. Event the comments have been very constructive and learnt a lot from them too. Even seen dean edwards in here. Wish you both nothing but the best and we will all miss you.

Comment by aw2xcd — July 8, 2010

The Fall 2006 Ajax Experience is by far the best conference I ever attended! Great job moving the web forward!

Comment by digitalIchi — July 8, 2010

You guys will be missed.

Comment by dbashyal — July 8, 2010

Thanks for all the great content – this site has been an important resource in my career as a web developer.

I started working professionally as a web developer in 2006, and it was great to take part in the excitement around rich web applications at the time. You guys were an important part of that – best of luck in your future endeavors!

Comment by kristianj — July 9, 2010

you will be missed,

both your work is legendary, sure you’ll do well.

Comment by johnantoni — July 9, 2010

Thank you for pushing the open web forward!

Comment by osmestad — July 9, 2010

Congrats to both of you, that’s quite the only interesting site i know for web development today.
Wish you luck at HP (I’m sure you’ll need some) :)

Comment by BgSimple — July 9, 2010

OMG, I hope you know what you’re doing …
Anyway, good luck guys :)

Comment by ThomasHansen — July 9, 2010

Thank you so much for keeping this site going, I check it every morning when I get in to work. I’m already going through withdrawal! I hope that somehow this site will be able to live on. Good luck at HP.

Comment by MattCoz — July 9, 2010

Thanks for Ben and Dion for your excellent work. At the same time, it is wonder who will be the new editors?

Comment by newsicare — July 9, 2010

Good luck, gentlemen!

Comment by zachstronaut — July 9, 2010

well good luck for both of you guys.. thanks for the great site. And don;t forget, What does the X in Ajax stand for?

Comment by wildanr — July 9, 2010

This site got me into web, thanks guys! Best of luck with your future endeavours.

Comment by friendlyjs — July 12, 2010

When the new editors will update this site?

Comment by pmontrasio — July 12, 2010

Well, thank you both for all the time you spent helping us developers all around the world. Thank you from Italy and best of luck!!!!!


Comment by giano — July 12, 2010

Good luck to both u… When can we expect an introduction of the new owners ?

Comment by NoXi — July 12, 2010

I have only been here a few months but I this is one of the sites I check regularly for little Web development gems. thanks for all you hard work and thank to TechTarget for keeping the site up and running!

Comment by voidmind — July 12, 2010

Is this because you’re starting :P

Thanks for all the personal time you guys poured into this site. You’ll be missed!

Comment by RobRobRob — July 12, 2010

I was on vacation when this was announced, so I’m a bit late to post, but just wanted to wish Ben and Dion the best! I posted a short ode to Ajaxian on my blog here:


Comment by Brad Neuberg — July 14, 2010

We actually also wrote an article for this on the day when Ben and Dion leave:

Comment by newsicare — July 15, 2010

Thanks for all those years of hard work and all the best for your future projects.

Comment by BertrandLeRoy — July 17, 2010

Thanks guys, i’ve had your daily post in my RSS feed reader – keeping me in the know for years. I’ve pretty much read every article with interest and been inspired to write my own.

Many thanks for all your effort and contributions to the web.

Comment by Drew81 — July 22, 2010

Thank you both! You’ve done an amazing job and I hope you know it!

Comment by Olf — July 22, 2010

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