Not officially, but nearly every session I attended had something to do with AJAX:
- Creating Amazing Web Interfaces with Ajax
- jMaki: Web 2.0 App Building Made Easy
- Fast, Beautiful, Easy: Pick Three - Building Web User Interfaces in the Java Programming Language with Google Web Toolkit
I have to say that I was rather impressed by what I saw.
The first talk was by Ben and Dion, the Ajaxian guys. It was an appropriate way to start, as they gave a quick history overview of Ajax. One nice point they made was that Ajax really isn’t about the acronym - it never was - it’s about building killer websites. Who cares what the actual technology behind it is. They discussed a couple of what they seemed to consider the better frameworks available - Dojo and ExtJS. They then explored some amazing up and coming features, including offline support and 2D client side graphics manipulation.
To radically improve the web experience for
users by enabling developers to use existing
Java tools to build no-compromise AJAX for
any modern browser
The final talk was less informative for me, but only because I had experience with most of the technologies already. The killer part of this was how the speaker extended existing JSF components and added Script.aculo.us effects. It really made his version of Yahoo maps shine.
Ajax isn’t going anywhere but up. I just left yet another Ajax/JSF session, which for me was the best session of the conference so far. In a later entry I’ll tell you why.