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The Birth (and Business Value) of AJAX – Jesse James Garrett Delivers "Real-World AJAX" Keynote in San Jose

Need to Explain What Made Combo of XML, JavaScript, CSS, and Asynchronous Communication Special is What Spurred "AJAX"

"How do we connect the needs of the business with the needs of the users, and design our applications accordingly?" That is the rhetorical question that led Jesse James Garrett, to write his bestselling book The Elements of User Experience, since that seemed to him the simplest way to answer it. Garrett was delivering the opening keynote at today's sold-out  SYS-CON Events' "Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar in San Jose, at which other speakers due to examine the AJAX phenomenon from multiple perspectives during the intense 12-hour day's professional education include Google's Adam Bosworth and Paul Rademacher, Yahoo!'s Eric Miraglia, and SYS-CON's own Dion Hinchcliffe.


Jesse James Garrett during his opening keynote at the "Real-World AJAX" San Jose event on Monday, April 24, 2006


Garrett, who coined the term AJAX in 2005, noted that the name "has been successful beyond anything that I imagined. And no one predicted that there would be an event like this a year ago."

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BlogThat! 04/24/06 11:58:18 AM EDT

he was quoting Sterling who said AJAX is "Roller skates for the web!" - it helps you glide along faster and more effortlessly then walking, but it takes some time and practice to get good at it because the wheels are constantly spinning under you.

They can also be more dangerous. That's why Jesse today here in the keynote room is predicting that for the next 2 years we will see a lot of bad design choices in the use of AJAX.

His idea of this as "The AJAX Moment" is intriguing...

Hart45 04/24/06 11:52:49 AM EDT

|| I'm following this Jesse James Garrett
|| keynote at "Real-World AJAX" in San Jose || live on SYS-CON.TV, I loved the bit where
|| he said that AJAX is akin to "Rollerskates
|| for the Web" - is anyone else following
|| this live who can remind me who he was
|| quoting?

I'm watching him too. It was Bruce Sterling.

queZZtion 04/24/06 11:40:27 AM EDT

I'm following this Jesse James Garrett keynote at "Real-World AJAX" in San Jose live on SYS-CON.TV, I loved the bit where he said that AJAX is akin to "Rollerskates for the Web" - is anyone else following this live who can remind me who he was quoting?

I'd like to use it in a presentation. I think it was Bruce somebody...?

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