JQuery Conference 2009
JQuery core is stable at release 1.3.2 but 1.3.3 is coming “real soon now.” The 1.3 versions have focused on optimization, simplification and (proactive) HTML5 support.John’s talk about recent changes to JQuery Internals can be found here. Next year will see moving JQuery core and open source licenses will be transferred to Software Freedom Law Center. Projects for the next year (think version 1.4) include move JQuery\UI infrastructure into JQuery proper. Significant work has been done within JQuery core to streamline and simplify plug-in development via the Widget Factory ($.widget(…)) (thanks to Scott González for this excellent presentation). For the hard core, Paul Irish gave an excellent presentation on JQuery Anti-Patterns. This was bookended by Yehuda Katz’s excellent Best Practices presentation. Aaron Quint was among the Rubists who are advancing the state of JQuery Art. His Sammy.js project attempts to use JQuery to create a browser side MVC/REST framework. John Nunemaker is also working in this basic area and his presentation can be found here.
The walk away component demonstrated at the conference was the work done by Filament Group employees, Todd Parker and Scott Jehl who developed and maintain the new ThemeRoller CSS generator for use with JQuery/UI components. Outstanding Work!
This year’s conference was sold out at 300 participants and was a mind blowing experience. Two days of the sort of “deep dive” Microsoft presenters can only dream of. All this, plus great food and a T-shirt, for one hundred bucks American. We won’t see this sort of thing until the next big thing comes along. Look for the following event during 2010: one virtual (online) developer conference (similar to JQuery 2009 but without the food) and three ‘bigger’ user conferences (London, Los Angles and Boston). Splendid!
The AJAX Experience 2009
This conference took place at the Boston Airport Hilton on September 14 – 16, 2009. What an ugly hotel. Isolated, bad restaurant, overpriced breakfast, cold design, the hotel truly sucks. The conference itself was much better. If at JQuery 2009 we saw significant evidence of what the web will be in the next two years, The AJAX Experience showed us some of what will not happen:
- The HTML5 specification will be released too late to mater,
- Browser vendors will implement HTML5 using different API’s and approaches,
- JSON is not going away but XML ,
- Page Refreshes are not.
The AJAX Experience is a developer driven conference and uniquely includes presenters from both the standards community (W3C, ES5) and major players (Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft).
The conference is well worth attending to take the pulse of the AJAX/REST world from a developer perspective. It is a conference with does not have an edge to it. To be fair, this is a conference with a large number of big faces present and the structure of the conference is oriented towards making these faces easily available for one on one’s. And for that we thank the folks at AJAX Experience.
For me the most interesting, and the most depressing presentation was the much anticipated panel discussion: Secure Mashups: Getting to Safe Web Plug-ins
- Clean incoming HTML for “evil parts”
- The Vendor’s Security Library
Significantly, there were no presentations which addressed Secure Browser OS projects like Microsoft Gazelle or Google’s Chrome OS.
PS: On the UI side of the house Bill Scott gave a delightful presentation on UI methods. For UI designers his presentations (and books) are not be to be missed.
JQuery And AJAX Experience 2009 – The Movie: