- DOM & CSS inspection
- Live Editing
- Multiple Document Modes
I really enjoyed Joe Walker's "Advanced Web Application Security" session, where he covered a variety of security issues and complete solutions to help increase security. This is another great session to view once the videos are posted online.
That's all for today! I'm looking forward to tomorrow for some more informative sessions.
We had a great session today that was comprised of 10 “lightning rounds” each lasting about 5 minutes.
- Smushit.com – a web based tool that automates image optimization. You specify a URL, or batch upload images and smushit can greatly reduce the file size of your images without sacrificing any quality. A Firefox extension also exists to allow you to easily optimize the images on any page you visit.
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 – the latest web development tool from Adobe, which was just recently released. You can expect to see some great new features in this version, including:
- Workspace customization – coder, designer, compact preset workspaces
- Live Code view – let’s you see changes to the document in real-time as you interact with it.
- Comet – discussed technique for Ajax push asynchronous message delivery from the server to the client
- Firebug. Enough said, if you don’t know what it is, go here.
- Making web apps faster – Steve Souders discussed manual vs. programmatic scripting to time web pages using Episodes, a proposed framework. Read more about Episodes.
- Hacking Netflix – Netflix API to be released soon (this week), more info will be available at:
- shiftspace.org – client-side JS and interface
- SquirrelFish: The engine used by Safari 4.0
- V8: The engine used by Google Chrome.
- SpiderMonkey: The engine that powers Firefox (up to, and including, Firefox 3.0).
- TraceMonkey: The engine that will power Firefox 3.1 and newer (currently in nightlies, but disabled by default).
- Futhark: The engine used in Opera 9.5 and newer.
- IE JScript: The engine that powers Internet Explorer.
Of the three developer breakouts, I attended the jQuery sessions which were very insightful. I was surprised to see the growth jQuery has enjoyed over the last 4-6 months, but it’s not too surprising since it is an exceptional framework.
Another highlight of the day was Ben and Dion’s Ajax Universe session where they used created a script to sound a buzzer at random intervals so they would switch turns. This was hilarious and turned out to be a great idea. As they buzzed back and forth, they stepped through the progression of the web over the years, showing where we started and where we are today. Their slides and video should be posted online soon, just stay tuned to ajaxian.com.
That’s all for today, it’s time to head to the Microsoft sponsored “Evening Event”!
The Ajax Experience 2008 is about to begin here in Boston. Developers from all over the world have gathered to hear about the latest and greatest from the land of client-side development. I'm attending the jQuery Developer Day session this morning where topics will include "Progressively Enhancing the User Experience Using jQuery" and "An In-Depth Look at jQuery UI". Conference presentations are available for download here.
The Google Web Toolkit (GWT) project has released version 1.5 of its Java-based web development library yesterday. The new release sports a host of new features such as:
- Support for Java 5 language features (generics, enums, enhanced for loops, and static imports)
- Expanded JRE emulation library
- A new high-performance DOM API
- Default visual themes: Standard, Chrome, and Dark
- Support for right-to-left languages
For a full list of the new features, see here.
The new version can be downloaded here.
Here are a couple upcoming Ajax conferences for your consideration:
The Ajax Experience 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Dates: September 29th-October 1st, 2008
AJAX World 2008
Location: San Jose, CA
Dates: October 20-22, 2008
Cost: $1,595 before August 29th [early bird]
$1,695 before September 12th [discounted]
$1,895 onsite price [full price]
Leave a comment if you've been to either of these conferences before, letting us know what you thought. Also leave a comment if you plan on attending one or both conferences this year.
Firebug, the latest version of the indispensable debugging utility for Firefox, has released version 1.2 of the plugin for Firefox 3.0.
- Automatic activation of HTML, CSS, and DOM views when Firebug UI is visible/activated (since they require minimal overhead).
- Ability to suspend/resume Firebug.
- A new tooltip telling you which tab/page in Firefox has enabled Firebug.
Use the Add-ons panel in Firefox to update your plugin or get it now.
The release notes are here.