Whew this session was a tough one for me to decide on what to go to. As I had previously mentioned, Ted Neward was giving a presentation on Scala this session. Jeff Brown had a session on using Groovy for builds. Nathaniel Schutta is presenting part two of Designing for Ajax, which would cover “advanced ajax” concepts including offline Ajax apps with Google Gears.
When it came down to it, I had to flip a coin to decide whether to go to a session on Scala or a session on Ajax… and Designing for Ajax won. Luckily I did convince a few friends to attend the Scala session though, so at least I played a small part in accelerate it’s exposure.
A lot of the session was dojo/prototype based, but very pleasing. Demos were given for achieving “in-place editing“, using Lightbox, and others. Google Gears was also covered briefly using the dojo offline toolkit… although I wish I could have seen a little more of it, but only because I have only scratched the surface of Googe Gears already and wanted to see more.
What Made Me Smile
A lot of developers these days, and even many book authors, will cop out and focus on programmatic aspects and ignore good, structural html… often opting to leave a bunch of crap invalid html on the page and passing a bad practice on to others. Nathaniel’s html was very structurally clean and made sense, using label tags for labels (with
for attributes). People learning from his examples will possibly construct better html too.
What I Got Out Of It