The Ajax Experience conference kicked off yesterday in beautiful
I have already learned a lot from the attendees and the speakers... A few nuggests I picked up...
- Even at this
- This is a creative bunch... the constraints of web based development has attracted\bread a community of pragmatic problem solvers. These folks are not super concerned with what a one company does or even one standards body – what they are focused on is what works – what works broadly across browsers\OS... If that feels like a bit of a hack then so be it – as one of the speakers last night said “this whole thing is a hack”.
- IE is clearly not the most popular browser among this community... I’d suggest folks check out Dean Hachamovitch talk at Mix for a little background on where IE is today and where it is going... Maybe we can get Dean out here next time 😉
- Many folks here seem to LOVE Jscript. They definitely feel like Jscript is a powerful, first class language worthy of writing big real-world apps.
- The tools story seem to be sadly lacking... VI and EMACS seem to be the development tools of choice. If you do your development on Windows, I’d suggest checking out the FREE Web development tool that offers very good development and debugging support for JScript.
- User Experience maters. They keynote last night talked noted that in many ways you can build a richer, more immersive experience on the web than in a rich client app. He also acknowledged that this trend does seem to be changing with WPF and the Expression tools for it.
- Xaml, WPF\E and the small, cross platform, cross browser CLR are seen potentially big discontinuities that have the potential to remove some of the limitations on graphical richness and Jscript performance that the
- I was brave enough to ask a couple of folks about why they don’t do client apps. The answer is clear Deployment, Deployment, Deployment. This is a problem that has to be solved for any client technology to take off in this world.