ISOC Roundup

By on February 25, 2007 5:48 pm

I got back late in the week from a trip to the ISOC-IL annual conference where I gave a full-day tutorial on Ajax and Dojo (with a little bit of Comet mixed in for fun). The conference organizers were tremendously kind and thoughtful and the whole trip was a lot of fun. What was best, though, were the great questions that folks had during the tutorial. It’s always a hit-and-miss on this kind of thing (big room, low lights, different country, potential language barrier, etc.) and it can go very badly indeed if people aren’t curious about the topic(s). The ISOC-IL conference drew great folks with wonderful and pointed questions that helped make everything go faster. It’s rare that conferences are that tightly run, well-attended, and have such good food and caffeine. Conference size can’t beat quality and the ISOC-IL conference proved it.

The day after the conference, I was lucky enough to get to visit some of the Zend hackers in Tel Aviv who were also tremendously kind and had lots of great feedback on how we can improve Dojo. Work aside, this was my first trip to Israel and I can say with some confidence that I’ll be back. My trip left me thinking that there’s a lot more to Israel than news accounts in US papers would imply.


  • I attended the tutorial, and it was both fun and interesting – both your views about Ajax in general, and the in-depth dojo tutorial . Thank you very much for coming to Israel and giving this tutorial.

    Alas, the choice between libraries I’m about to make soon is much harder, now that I saw the strength and elegance of the dojo toolkit, especially the events and widgets parts which was demonstrated in details.

    I have one comment about your tutorial, though. When demoing the events library, you used the JavaScript console. I think it would be much nicer and more useful if you used Firebug console, which would allow you to easily inspect objects, and to also show how DOM events can be connected to functions.

    BTW, can we somehow get the presentation you used in the tutorial?

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