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Yahoo!'s Bill Scott to Deliver "Designing for the Rich Web Experience" Session at AJAXWorld

Design Patterns & Principles

With the recent rise in popularity of web technologies such as Ajax and Flash, it has become possible to create richer user experiences on the web. Even though these technologies are not actually new, we are now seeing their widespread adoption. One of the hallmarks of this experience is the move away from the neccessity of always having to refresh the page for interaction. Instead of a standard page-to-page experience, we now have the opportunity to more closely model the real flow of the user.

Obviously a whole economy has been built around the page-based model. Designers have designed in "chunks" while user's have thought more in "flows". Information Architects have traditionally embraced this page model in design artifacts such as wireframes. This presentation takes a survey of these interaction styles, looks at why they work or don't work and explores a set of design principles that can inform the design of future products.

Eight key principles are illustrated with a set of common design patterns that are currently in vogue. The nuances of each of these principles is explored with examples that illustrate good choices and bad choices.

Speaker Bio:
Bill Scott leads engineering for Yahoo! Teachers, a Web 2.0 community that allows teachers to gather, organize & share Web resources and lesson planning. In addition, he has been the AJAX Evangelist at Yahoo! where he focuses on spreading the goodness of "rich and sane" AJAX design & development. Bill is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops discussing the nuances of good design and the challenges of great engineering. At Yahoo! he was also the Design Pattern curator where he launched the public Yahoo! Design Pattern Library (http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns). Before Yahoo! Bill led User Experience at Sabre Airline Solutions and co-founded Rico (an open source AJAX framework, openrico.org.) For 20 years he has bounced back and forth between design and engineering projects, creating products in areas as diverse as video games, widget libraries, war gaming, IDE tools, airline management and Web consumer sites. His musings can be found at http://looksgoodworkswell.com.
 
The world’s leading Rich Internet Applications & Web 2.0 event is expected to attract more than 1,000 i-technology developers. AJAXWorld grew from a single track, one-day seminar, less than a year ago, into a four-day international conference & expo with more than 150 sessions delivered in ten simultaneous tracks, by more than 150 faculty members. 
 
Track 01: Rich Internet Applications
Track 02: Web 2.0 Enterprise Mashups
Track 03: Enterprise AJAX
Track 04: RIA Frameworks & Toolkits
Track 05: Security in RIA Applications
Track 06: Hot Topics
Track 07: iPhone AJAX Applications
Track 08: Advanced AJAX
Track 09: Platform Choices / Real-World AJAX
Track 10: OpenLaszlo Diamond Track
 
The conference now includes the world famous AJAXWorld University's AJAX Developer Bootcamp, OpenLaszlo Track and Adobe Flex Developer Bootcamp. This year’s AJAXWorld Expo Floor is expected to display bleeding edge RIA technologies from the leading AJAX vendors.

AJAXWorld 2007 East Conference & Expo Sponsored by the World's Top  Web 2.0 and RIA Technology Leaders!
AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East sponsors and exhibitors included: Laszlo Systems (Diamond Sponsor), JackBe (Platinum Sponsor), Adobe (Platinum Sponsor), Cynergy (Platinum Sponsor), Backbase (Gold Sponsor) Google (Gold Sponsor), Nexaweb (Gold Sponsor), ICEsoft (Gold Sponsor), Oracle (Gold Sponsor), Helmi Technologies (Gold Sponsor), JetBrains (Gold Sponsor), TIBCO (Gold Sponsor), Kapow Technologies (Gold Sponsor), Sun Microsystems (Silver Sponsor), Parasoft (Silver Sponsor), Servoy (Silver Sponsor), Etelos (Silver Sponsor),  Microsoft (Expo Plus Sponsor),  Lightstreamer (Exhibitor Plus Sponsor),  IT Mill (Exhibitor Plus Sponsor), FrogLogic (Exhibitor Plus Sponsor), ThinWire (Expo Sponsor), Quasar Tecnologies (Expo Sponsor), Zapatec (Exhibitor Plus Sponsor), MB Technologies Bindows (Exhibitor), OpenSpot (Exhibitor), ILOG (Exhibitor), Passport Corporation (Exhibitor), Addison-Wesley (Exhibitor), The Thomson Corporation (Exhibitor), Isomorphic Software-SmartClient (Exhibitor), Universal Mind (Exhibitor), Farata Systems (Exhibitor Plus),  Manning Publications (AJAX Book Sponsor), Apress (AJAX Book Sponsor), Conference Guru (Media Sponsor), Flash Goddess (Media Sponsor), AJAXWorld Magazine (Media Sponsor), Web 2.0 Journal (Media Sponsor), SYS-CON.TV (Media Sponsor), IT Mill (Media Sponsor), Methods & Tools (Media Sponsor), Web 2.0 Journal (Media Sponsor), and OASIS.

As of today OpenAjax Alliance members include: 24SevenOffice, abiss.gr, ActiveGrid, ActiveState, Adobe, American Greetings, Aplix Corporation, Appeon, Aptana, Arimaan Global Consulting, BEA Systems, Cisco Systems, Coradiant, Curl, Custom Credit Systems (Thinwire), Document Advantage, Dojo Foundation DreamFace Interactive, Eclipse Foundation, edge IPK, eLink Business Innovations, ESRI, F5, Fidelity Investments, Finetooth, Getahead (DWR), Global Computer Enterprises, GoETC, Google, Helmi Technologies, HR-XML, IBM, ICEsoft, Ikivo, ILOG, Innoopract, iPolipo, Isomorphic Software, IT MILL, JackBe, Javeline, JSSL, JWAX, Laszlo Systems, Lightstreamer, Microsoft, MobileAware, Mozilla Corporation, NetScript Technologies, Nexaweb, Nitobi, Novell, OpenLink Software, OpenSpot, OpenSymphony (OpenQA), Openwave Systems, Opera, OpSource, Oracle, OS3.IT, RadView, Redmonk, RIFT Technologies, SAP, Scalix, Seagull Software, Service-Now.com, Sitepen, Software AG, Sun Microsystems, Tealeaf Technology, Teleca Mobile, Telerik, The Frontside, Tibco, Transmend, Vertex Logic, Visible Measures, Visual WebGui, Volantis Systems, Webtide, XML11, Xucia, Zend, Zimbra, and Zoho.

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Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to RIA@sys-con.com to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.

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RIA News Desk 09/06/07 07:04:27 PM EDT

With the recent rise in popularity of web technologies such as Ajax and Flash, it has become possible to create richer user experiences on the web. Even though these technologies are not actually new, we are now seeing their widespread adoption. One of the hallmarks of this experience is the move away from the neccessity of always having to refresh the page for interaction. Instead of a standard page-to-page experience, we now have the opportunity to more closely model the real flow of the user.