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How To Create a Reusable AJAX Library

A comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components

This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City), is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application.

Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX components. The rapid development of a reusable AJAX engine. Connecting custom JavaScript objects to the AJAX engine. Rendering components from dynamic responses. Component integration into an existing web application

Speaker Bio: Kris Hadlock has been a contract web developer and designer since 1996. He is the author of AJAX for Web Application Developers (Sams, October 2006) and a featured columnist and writer for numerous web sites and design magazines. He is also the founder of Studio Sedition, a web development firm, and is the cofounder of 33Inc alongside partner Robert Hoekman Jr. He maintains a blog called Designing with Code, which focuses on web application development from a design perspective and often features useful code snippets to help enhance web applications. You can find all of the above and more about Kris on his website at www.krishadlock.com.

The first International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo  which took place on October 2-4, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California, generated record press coverage for any i-technology event in the past 6 years. A quick search on Google News brought 410 stories filed under the keyword search "AJAXWorld."

Typical of the coverage was the story from ADT Magazine, whose John K. Waters wrote, in a report titled "Nexaweb and JackBe Take Web 2 to the Enterprise":

"Last week's AJAXWorld Conference and Expo ... had the feel of an early JavaOne—which is to say, the place was positively quivering with possibility."

"There were some great sessions and demos," Waters continued. (IBM's QEDwiki drag-and-drop mashup tool was his personal favorite), "and Jesse James Garrett (He Who Did Coineth Ajax) was there to bless the event."

Here's how the ADT report ended [emphasis added]:

"I heard a rumor, which I was unable to verify before my deadline, that the event was successful enough that the show's organizers are planning to hold the next one at Jacob Javitz Center in New York.  Like I said, smells like JavaOne."

But Waters was far from alone. Reports on the Conference & Expo are still appearing almost hourly, including the following:
eWeekAJAX, SOA to Merge"
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2022638,00.asp

PCAuthority
"Ajax developers seen playing with security fire""
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/news.aspx?CIaNID=37810

Information Week
"IBM Donates New JavaScripting Tool To Open Source"
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193104609

Computerworld
"Microsoft, Apple eyed for AJAX alliance"
http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;344136292;fp;2;fpid;

The blogosphere is abuzz too: "It was a conference where the decisions for which panel to attend were seldom easy, and sometimes agonizingly hard," wrote Kurt Cagle, perhaps the most prolific AJAXWorld blogger of them all, despite having his own business to conduct at Santa Clara in the course of the fast-paced 3 days.

Here is a brief round-up of some of the blogged comments:

"This past week I spoke at the AJAXWorld Conference here in Santa Clara. Enjoyed giving my talk and had some great conversations afterward. But the highlight was getting to hear my fellow cube-mate, Doug Crockford, give his abbreviated Advanced JavaScript talk. It's definitely great material."
--Yahoo! AJAX Evangelist Bill Scott

"At the AJAXWorld conference, JackBe and TIBCO Software are unveiling initiatives to more tightly link service-oriented architectures and AJAX."
--WebSpherePower Magazine

"This was one of the best conferences that I have been to in a long time."
--Kurt Cagle

"OpenLaszlo got a great deal of attention at AjaxWorld this week, especially as they describe their efforts around 'Legals' which is their next generation solution that supports multiple runtimes. Although limited in its ability to support all the current GUI controls for DHTML generation, the project certainly looks quite promising. Developers wanting to develop Ajax applications that target multiple runtimes and multple browsers will find the direction that OpenLaszlo very enticing."
--Bob Zurek, Emerging Internet Technologies, IBM

"I found the mixture of vendors and overall attendees to be an interesting mix Web developers with a fair number of newbies tossed into the mix.

All in all, the show seemed to show more of the Java/OS segment of the AJAX population - as opposed to the Atlas/.Net crowd. There were actually some reps from the Atlas world such as ComponentArt and Telerik with some neat Ajax "controls".

On the non-MSFT side I enjoyed meeting with reps from Icesoft, Jackbe, Backbase and Tibco. One of the nice things about some of these smaller companies is that they actually send their CEOs, founders and chief architects to meet attendees in the demo pavilion. I found this to be the most interesting in my experience at AJAXworld. I enjoyed witnessing first hand the entrepreneurial spirit at its best at this show."
-- Chris Schalk, Oracle

Last week at AJAXWorld, SYS-CON also debuted the premier issue of the AJAXWorld Magazine in print. The cover story of the premier issue focuses on the OpenAjax Alliance, with four exclusive articles written on the subject matter.

The first international AJAXWorld Conference & Expo was sponsored by Adobe, Amazon, Apress, Backbase, ComponentArt, Cynergy Systems, Google, Helmi Technologies, IBM, ICEsoft, ILOG, Infragistics, JackBe, Laszlo Systems, Nexaweb, OASIS, Parasoft, Sun, telerik, TIBCO, U7 Web Technologies, Visible Measures, Zapatec; including media sponsors AJAX Matters, AJAXWorld Magazine, BZ Media, ColdFusion Developer's Journal, DevtownStation.com, Eclipse Developer's Journal, Eclipse Review, Enterprise Open Source Magazine, Integration Developer News, ITtoolbox.com, Java Developer's Journal, LinuxWorld.com, Methods & Tools, Network World, Open Enterprise Trends, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal, SD Times, Software Test & Performance, SOA Web Services Journal, SYS-CON.TV, Web 2.0 Journal, and Web Developer's & Designer's Journal.

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AJAXWorld News Desk 11/20/06 11:35:25 AM EST

This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City) is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application. Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX components. The rapid development of a reusable AJAX engine. Connecting custom JavaScript objects to the AJAX engine. Rendering components from dynamic responses. Component integration into an existing web application.

AJAXWorld News Desk 11/20/06 11:25:11 AM EST

This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City) is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application. Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX components. The rapid development of a reusable AJAX engine. Connecting custom JavaScript objects to the AJAX engine. Rendering components from dynamic responses. Component integration into an existing web application.

AJAXWorld News Desk 11/20/06 11:13:49 AM EST

This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City) is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application. Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX components. The rapid development of a reusable AJAX engine. Connecting custom JavaScript objects to the AJAX engine. Rendering components from dynamic responses. Component integration into an existing web application.

AJAXWorld News Desk 11/20/06 11:03:01 AM EST

This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City) is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application. Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX components. The rapid development of a reusable AJAX engine. Connecting custom JavaScript objects to the AJAX engine. Rendering components from dynamic responses. Component integration into an existing web application.