The Ajax Experience: Bar Conversations
I’m still here in the Westin Waterfront, Boston preparing to have a touristy day out but though it would be a good time to reflect on the goings on at the conference. I’m sure many other bloggers will cover the goings on in the presentations so I thought I’d give you a run down of what went on at the important part of any conference: The conversations that happened in the bar…
Anyway, on to the main event. The pub conversations.
IE 7 and beyond
Nate Koechley is well into his Jurassic 5 and old school stuff but he’s not into Hyphy. He knows where the good record stores are in San Francisco are though. Aaron and Andrew are also partial to a bit of the boom bap. Ajaxian’s Rob Sanheim, on the other hand is a retired raver but still likes a bit of LTJ Bukem. He did however tell me that my jeans were out of date club kid fashion. Bah, what does he know?
Prototype stuff and things
TAE was an excellent chance to meet up with Justin and Andrew, fellow Prototype, erm, types. John Resig’s presentation on choosing a library brought up a few points about Prototype that really should be addressed, documentation being the main one. Well, rest assured we are on that one. Expect some very good documentation in the near future. We also chatted about a whole host of possible improvements to Prototype that we might be able to tempt Sam to commit. I think we might give some of them a good road test in Low Pro so watch out for that. Also, after speaking about Low Pro in my presentation the (mostly under developed) idea of behavior classes seem to spark some interest so I’m going to be working on that.
At least they have dicks!
Justin Palmer [referring to browsers…I think]
Justin, if I misquoted you feel free to correct me. It was late and my brain was full of Blue Moon.
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So web development is just like any other business then? It's all sorted out by the chosen few over drinks at an exclusive location. No thanks.
Dean Edwards at 26.10.06 / 21PM
I've been quietly plugging away at my own comet-style implementation in Ruby. Mine has been tailored for a specific, low-traffic application but perhaps some of the ideas could be borrowed. I'm using EventMachine to drive the network interaction and I've already got it usable to a point where I can open a browser page with an embedded flash object (containing the socket connection) and send messages to the browser directly from IRB. If anybody wants to chat with me about it, I'm certainly up for working on a more generic RubyComet implementation.
Luke Redpath at 27.10.06 / 10AM
*Luke*: Ha, cool...let me play! *Dean*: I'm not sure it's exactly like that. It's just good to speak to people in person. It's easier to get straight answers that way. And hey, you got name checked at least once per session so your presence was felt regardless. It's still largely a meritocracy as far as I can see.
Dan at 29.10.06 / 16PM
Haha! I knew that would resurface. Your version is a little wrong, but sounds a little better, so you can run with that. ;-p @Dean: While I agree it's not an ideal situation, if some of the chosen few we're the real developers in the trenches, I would take that over letting the browser vendors sort it out themselves...we've seen where that gets us.
Justin Palmer at 29.10.06 / 17PM
As yes, the infamous "dick" quote. I wondered who'd use it first. Anyway, it was great getting to meet so many JS folks in person. And on the JS upgrades in IE.next... watch this space (and WaSP).
Aaron Gustafson at 31.10.06 / 22PM
Hah, I only said phat pants were out of date in the states. It sounds like they are still a alright in the UK hiphop scene, so you get a pass. Was good to meet you, btw - look me up if you are ever in the midwest.
Rob Sanheim at 02.11.06 / 05AM
*Aaron, Justin*: Just out of interest....what was the actual dick quote?
Dan at 03.11.06 / 17PM
... And it seems like only yesterday when quite a few of us were in a bar trying to come up with an elegant explanation of closures as if explaining them to our parents. I believe it Mr. Langridge who came up with the silly idea of having YAHOO.util.Closure();
Dustin Diaz at 05.11.06 / 04AM