Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Ajax Summit: Anil Dash from Movable Type

Category: Ajax

Anil showed LiveJournal. He talked about how every page is dynamic, that the site has lots of users and how its very addictive for users to go and check their livejournal page. He’s saying that hundreds of thousands of users check their journal 10-12 times a day. “LiveJournal is not very attractive. Its made by Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Thomas Lackner of Sajax fame

Category: Ajax, PHP

He started out by showing his Sajax PHP library. Its designed to be very simple to use and easy for average developers to use. He showed how you use it in PHP pages to easily have access to the Sajax functions for creating Ajax effects. Major kudos for sticking to the 15 minute limit. Maybe Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Adam Michela from axentric.com

Category: Ajax

He’s working on Wists, a visual bookmarking tool. He also has an Ajax blog that has special Ajax features. He showed a demo of Wists. You visit a website, click on the Wists bookmarklet, and you get a list of all the images on the page. You can click on an image to add it Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 1:30 pm
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Ajax Summit: Jonathan Boutelle from Uzanto Consulting

Category: Ajax

Jonathan’s presentation is called “Making Magic Happen: Predicting User Behavior in AJAX Applications.” He started out by talking about his consultancy, which does user interaction stuff. He point to his blog, jonathanboutelle.com, where he says he’s blogged a lot about how RIAs and ajax are more similar than different. Jonathan’s talked a bit about prefetching; Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Dustan Orchard from Apple

Category: Ajax

Dunstan shared his process for designing a website with ajax features. He says: Get the idea try to work out how to achieve the same result with no js Try to progressively enhance the idea using JS Make technology failures graceful (livesearch as an example). Make it feel right for the user — all the Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Evan Williams from Odeo

Category: Ajax

Evan showed how Blogger is avoiding server overhead by only loading content when necessary. He’s not affiliated with Blogger, but it was interesting. Evan is from Odeo, a company that I’d never heard of before. Apparently, it’s an audio content provider for iPods. He’s showing how you can preview channels using flash widgets on the Read the rest…

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Monday, May 9th, 2005

Ajax Summit: Alex Russell, Dojo Toolkit/Jotspot

Category: Ajax, Dojo

Alex Russell is the head honcho behind the opensource JavaScript framework Dojo Toolkit, and works for Jotspot, a Wiki company. Alex gave more of a spoken word talk, than a presentation, which meant that the sentences weren’t full of “er and um” :) HTML applications don’t have to abuse users Alex talks about the land Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Jefferey Veen and Lane Becker, Adaptive Path

Category: Ajax

Adaptive Path, one of the hosts, has some “lessons learned” for their product world (“What? Adaptive Path is doing product?”). Unfortunately the red light is going to come on soon. Some core topics: Progressive Engagement: We can see that Jeff gets UI design, and the psyche of web based users. The application that is being Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Iain Lamb of Yahoo!

Category: Ajax

Iain is an Oddpost old boy, which sold out for copious amounts of $ to Yahoo! Halfbrain In 1999, Iain worked on a spreadsheet that ran in a browser (Halfbrain). Remember the days of “Office will be on the web!”. Remember Corel’s vision? IE was easy to develop for, but Netscape 4? Ouch. Then there Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Sam Stephenson, Prototype

Category: Ajax, Prototype

The Rails flow continues. Sam Stephenson wrote Prototype, which is the JavaScript library that Rails uses to get its Ajax work done. (Although, it isn’t just for Rails, DHH says that there is even a CPAN module to spit out the same Prototype code). It is a very pragmatic approach, that doesn’t try to add Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:27 pm
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Ajax Summit: David Heinemeier Hansson, Ruby on Rails

Category: Ajax

David HH is presenting on how he built Backpack using Rails. Rails isn’t all about creating Ajax components so to speak. It works at a lower level of abstraction, and makes it easy to do Ajaxian things. innerHTML vs. createNode createNode and its ilk is what made programmers hate JavaScript in the first place. E.g. Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Luke Wroblewski, eBay Presentation

Category: Ajax

Luke is the lead UI designer for the platform group at eBay. He starts off trying to set the continuum of the web, from HTML, to Flash, to Java Applets, and Ajax. He will talk about the key factors on why a decision was made, and when to use, or NOT use Ajax. Kijiji: Craigslist Read the rest…

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Ajax Summit: Bill Scott of Sabre Airline Solutions

Category: Ajax

Bill comes at us from the corporate environment of Sabre (Travelocity, Airline Solutions, and more). Scalability Challenge Rich table with inline editing, but what about if you have 10,000 flights in there? What about paging?   Page Load Page/Data Refresh Scrolling 20 sec real time Paging 3 sec 2 sec Ajax+Paging 3 sec milli-seconds Sable Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:08 pm
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Ajax Summit: Douglas Crockford of JSON Presentation

Category: Ajax

Douglas Crockford is well known for JSON.org, “The fat-free alternative to XML”. He “discovered” JSON, which Doug explains is a “Data Interchange” format, versus a document format. Being Well Formed and Valid, doesn’t mean “Relevant and Correct”, so Douglas focuses on the sender and the receiver, and semantic knowledge between them. This presentation was the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:31 pm
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Ajax Summit: Kevin Lynch, Macromedia Presentation

Category: Ajax

“I am Kevin Lynch and I work on the much beloved Flash player” Before working on Flash itself, Kevin worked on Dreamweaver, so he has been there before. He starts off showing us an old article that he wrote. Then, he shows us a feed report which demonstrates having the HTML layer talking through to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:16 pm
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Ajax Summit: Derek Powazek of Technorati

Category: Ajax

Derek is going to show us the most humble implementation that you are doing to see in the next two days. It is a smart part of the Technorati redesign. Derek is an HTML/CSS guy who “has friends who write JavaScript, and knows people who write PHP” :) RED LIGHT ALERT Unfortunately, if a presenter Read the rest…

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