One thing a lot of people at Web 2.0 seems to agree with is that the tools for doing AJAX development aren’t mature yet, and this makes developement more painful than it has to be. This is a market opportunity for development tools vendors. One company with an interesting approach to this space is Morfik.
I’m spending more time in the hallways and lest time in the lecture halls today, the second day of the Oreilly web 2.0 conference. The buzz around this space right now is heavy. Some concepts and ideas and theories that have come up in my hallway conversations, in no particular order…
SocialText: Opensourcing the whole enchilada!
Rollyo: New customized search engine
Joyent: Web-based outlook clone with microformat support
BunchBall: Hosted platform for building social applications and games with flash
RealTravel: Travel Social networking
Zimbra: Open source web-based outlook killer with incredible plugin support
ZVents: Web-based event search
KnowNow : Receive notification the second your RSS feeds update
Orb : Turn your pc into a media server
Wink : social bookmarking with search
AllPeers : toolkit for building desktop apps that run in firefox
Flock : social internet browser
Yahoo is clearly focusing hard on giving publishers LOTS of control as to what kind of adds appear on their site. They talked about the ability to eliminate particular advertisers, only carry advertisements from certain categories, etc. As a content producer, this is awesome. I hate seeing adds for products that I don’t like or wouldn’t endorse on my blog.
Yahoo! 360 / YahooMyWeb2.0 are currently a data “roach motel”. Data goes in but it doesn’t go out. Not very web 2.0.
How many social networking /tagging applications does yahoo have exactly? It currently seems to be a sprawling mess. Sometimes when you try to use one, you end up using another. It’s time to trim the herd and provide a killer integrated social bookmarking / networking / search application.
The open-source infrastructure workshop was fascinating. Open-source software development is (by now) a fairly well-understood social process. But how do you create infrastructure (servers and bandwidth) that costs real money to run, for the purpose of making a more open and remixable web? This is a business and social problem, not just a technology problem.
Lots of workshops on offer this morning: I’m in the “Business Case of AJAX” workshop. This is a topic near and dear to my heart: I’ve thought for some time that Macromedia’s excellent value proposition work for RIAs could be repurposed wholesale.