Thursday, October 26, 2006

Thoughts from The Ajax Experience, Boston

I just returned from three amazing days in Boston chatting up everything that's cool in the web these days. Here are some initial thoughts ...

- There are some hella-smart people in the field, and I think they were all there.

- Javascript 2, per Brendan Eich's talk, is going to have some great features, which will eventually make large portions of our frameworks obsolete. Too bad it'll probably take 4 years for everyone to be on it.

- Dojo has exploded in the last year. In fact, this almost felt like "The Dojo Experience" conference. Alex & co have done some fantastic work, and have lined up an amazing list of sponsors and contributors. The SVG library they just released looks pretty sweet.

- I love that there's a critical mass of people now focused on making the web user experience better.

- My god, things have matured so much since 2000.

- I'm grateful that TIBCO is pouring such money and attention into technologies like Ajax, and I suppose that there will always be an enterprise-market for what they're building (and I bet that market is HUGE). But it was almost painful to hear their keynote in the context of so many people out there who are heading in a much different direction.

- Ben and Dion, the Ajaxians, are super-great guys.

- I wish me wife coulda come :).


Brent Ashley said...

Talk about hella smart - I spent Monday night drinking with these two guys from Zazzle and they're pretty cranial dudes.

Looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco in April...

hikingviking said...

Thanks, Brent, you ... er ... 'computer jerk'. :) We had a blast; we'll have more fun in April!

Marcela said...

OMG--you mean you were one of the speakers at these ritzy conferences? Wow--that is way cool. You'd think more NCSSMers would be joining you up there. Congrats!!