Live from Seattle MindCamp: Notes ‘n News


Spread across the floor of a cavernous, otherwise unoccupied business park building on the shores of the Duwamish River in the industrial area south of downtown Seattle, MindCamp is awash in twenty- and thirty-something techies, entrepreneurs, bloggers, journalists, and researchers. This event is soooo Seattle: socially- and environmentally conscious, entrepreneurial, horizontally integrated, open, functional, and casual. As previously mentioned, Gotdotnet.com is proud to be a premium MindCamp sponsor.


MindCamp in the News
ABC local News on KOMO and National Public Radio
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Technology Column
and, I ran into Todd Bishop of the Seattle P-I this evening so I suspect there might be more on the way.


Session Notes
Here are some notes from a couple of pick up sessions I have attended this evening:


Ajax Primer
Speaker: Tom Snyder – http://www.inetword.com



  • InetWord is a slick, handcrafted AJAX implementation that provides a rich client-like WYSIWYG editor for the Web. Extremely feature rich.

  • The first ajaxy thing I noticed in the interface was a flashing cursor…

  • Competetion is http://www.writely.com, subetha Edit: http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/, …

  • Working on cross-browser compatibility

  • 2-man shop uses VisualDev on the front end. PHP/Linux on the backend.

  • Targeting hosters like GoDaddy, Register, etc, which host millions of Websites.

  • Cost? Shooting for around $5-$7/month per site license.

  • Realtime collaborative editing relies upon pessimistic, document-level locking.

  • AJAX editor for Wiki? Unless very carefully implemented, an ajax editor would introduce

  • Tom says that an AJAX developer’s dream bag of skills include: deep understanding of HTML, javascript, eval()…going back to LISP, and knowledge of backend (ie, CGI params)

Session: Sharing Attention
Speaker: AndyEd
Link Stalking, project started at MindCamp, cool visualization idea for link trails — http://www.seattlemind.com/wiki/index.php/Session_-_Attention.xml 

Comments (8)

  1. Liz Lawley says:

    Well, neither Lane nor I fit into the 20-30-something age range. (On the other hand, if you count us as a unit, we average out to 22.)

    Also very Seattle-like is the dearth of minority faces. :/

  2. Liz Lawley says:

    Wait, Snyder pushed his site in a *second* session yesterday? I went to one in the afternoon that purported to be about Ajax, but was instead an infomercial. Not the kind of thing that I expected from MindCamp.

  3. MSDNArchive says:

    Liz, you are forever young and you know it. 🙂 I think that Tom’s "infomercial" was a good mixer for an event of so little self-interest and self-promotion. My 2 cents. Anyway, Tom’s app is compelling, albeit built on the wrong platform.

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