Ajax Experience: wrapup

Well, I’m back to the real world after a great three day trip to Boston.  I’ve got a big list of things to look into now and a better feel for how we’re doing.  Overall, I feel pretty good about how our team has approached the Ajax hype.
One of my favorite one-liners from the conference is summed up with this equation:

Could != Should

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.  Our team has picked out some obvious places where Ajax works and have had success with it so far.  As we move forward, we simply have to keep our heads wrapped around our task and solve problems with the right tools, one of which being Ajax.

One clarification that the conference presenters made is that Ajax is not AJAX.  The term Ajax (capitalized) has come to be known as a concept and not an acronym.  Ajax techniques offer you more tools to solve problems and the term is much broader than Asynchronous Javascript And XML (AJAX).  In fact, the X in AJAX is being used less and less.  By defining this and making the distinction, I think we can better explain what we are doing.

Coincidentally, both Microsoft and Firefox released new versions of their browsers during the conference.  It’s great to see some healthy competition in the browser marketplace.
And now I get to take what I’ve learned and put it into practice.  How exciting is that!

In Boston: day 2

Well, this wraps up my second day at the Ajax Conference in Boston. Another day of brilliant people spouting out brilliant ideas. I only hope that my brain can soak in all of the information that has been sent it’s way.

First, I have to start off with a quote. Douglas Crockford is a walking soundbite and this one is just too funny to let go by:

Failing gracefully is good, shooting your toes off is bad.
Douglas Crockford, summing up comments about browsers (specifically Netscape).

Here’s another quick list of tools and topics that are now on my radar:

  • OpenSTA: load testing your websites
  • Jetty and Comet: Ajax pushes to the browser
  • Fiddler: measuring server traffic
  • Drip: a memory management tool for IE
  • Lint (and JSLint): static analysis of code

And the list keeps going, but I need to stop somewhere. This list doesn’t even cover the concepts that have been covered, simply some tool that I might find useful.

In Boston: day 1

I’m in Boston right now for the Ajax Experience conference. This is my first multi-day conference and it’s quite exciting. I’ve been able to meet a lot of very intelligent people and learn a whole bunch of things that I’ll be able to put into our workflow immediately. Here’s just a quick list of things that I’m going to be looking into:

Check back soon for more updates.