In truth there wasn’t anything specifically Ajax-y about the frameworks or the panel: just one more example of the watering down of the term. It was still a great panel mostly thanks to Paxman-like moderation of Simon Willison.
From left to right, the panel consisted of:
- John Resig, creator of jQuery,
- Matt Sweeney from the YUI library,
- Alex Russell of Dojo,
- and Bret Taylor representing the Google Web Toolkit
Despite Simon’s best efforts to get a good flame war going, the panelist were having none of it. They were being far too Californian and friendly about the whole thing.
Simon grilled them with questions like how their libraries coped with an approach of progressive enhancement—a very good question. One of the other tasks set by Simon was for each developer to place their library on the continuum between being used to develop websites and being used to create fully-blown web applications (sort of like the teacher in Donnie Darko asking pupils to make a mark on the line between fear and love).
It was then that I noticed the happy coincidence of the seating arrangement. By happy chance, the framework builders had positioned themselves on the panel in a way that corresponded perfectly with how their libraries fit on the sliding scale from websites to applications.
I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo and breaking out Photoshop to illustrate this fortuitous alignment.
Posted by Jeremy on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 at 5:31pm