An upcoming BayCHI event promises to be just awesome.
This month, a star-studded panel will look at recent developments in search and information finding. Panelists include:
Jakob Nielsen: Usability rock star
Peter Norvig: Director of Search Quality, Google
Ken Norton: Director of Product Management, Yahoo! search
Udi Manber: CEO of A9
Rahul Lahiri: VP of Search Product Management at Ask Jeeves
Moderated by Uzanto‘s own Rashmi Sinha.
Anyone who’s interested in search in general, or the intersection of search and user experience in particular, should attend. April 12th, at PARC in Palo Alto.
So the RIA BOF at etech was really great. About 45 people showed up, far more than I was expecting, given the short notice. There was a lot of excitement about AJAX at ETech. The term kept on being mentioned by different presenters, and I think that contributed to the number of people who chose to attend the BOF.
The discussion was very free-ranging, with a lot of smart web developers from various companies sharing their tips and tricks. Below are some of the insights that really stuck with me.
In the spirit of MAKE, I thought I’d share a little project I did over the weekend: making a box for wrangling the connections in my home LAN.
The AJAX meme continues to percolate on the internet, with a nice summary article from QuirksBlog that links to some of the more interesting analysis. Geeks everywhere seem fascinated by the fact the XMLHttpRequest can be used to fetch data behind the scenes and serve it up when the user asks for it.
XMLHttpRequest is a handy and mildly interesting bit of plumbing. The fact that it’s a fairly simple API that you can read about and comment on makes it handy blog fodder. But the real differentiator in all of the new google applications is NOT in that they use XMLHttpRequest (they could easily use an iframes hack instead, as an earlier commenter on my site pointed out). They could even have used Flash!
The client-side predictive engine that google has built into their new applications is what really makes them powerful.
I’m organizing a BOF (Birds of a Feather) on Rich Internet Applications at the ETECH conference in San Diego next week. We’re meeting at 7:30 PM next Tuesday at Ball Room C of the Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego. It should be a lot of fun. RIA has been a big theme at previous etechs, so it should be a good bunch of people.
O’Reilly says that evening entrance is unmonitored. Feel free to join in whether you’re a conference attendee or not!
Laszlo has been working on this thing for a while now, and I’ve seen demos of it a number of times. But for it to be actually in production is a big deal. Earthlink and Laszlo should both be proud. Initial reviews seem positive.