DOM and Ajax Presentation

Webvisions 2006 is just over a month away. For those of you attending (and really, even those of you who are not), what would you expect to hear in a presentation titled "Rapid DOM/AJAX Development"?

My plan is to provide a bunch of examples and really just talk about different approaches to web application development using DOM Scripting and Ajax. There's obviously a lot of material that could be covered but the presentation is only an hour long — probably more like 45 minutes once you take into account the intro and questions at the end. So, let me throw the question out to you: what would you like to see?

I'll be making the slides available afterwards along with the possibilty of a podcast so even if you won't be able to make it, I'd still like to hear your thoughts.

Published June 12, 2006 · Updated September 14, 2006
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Jesse Skinner said on June 12, 2006

I won't be attending Webvisions, but if I were, I'd like to see a comparison of the different Ajax/DOM toolkits out there (, JQuery, dojo, Atlas, Yahoo, etc.). Not an indepth look, but a general sense of their strengths and weaknesses, and when one might be easier to use than another (ie. doing drag-n-drop), and when coding by hand is just as easy and not worth the overhead of a 50k js file (ie. simple XMLHTTPRequest).

Personally, I nearly always do stuff by hand, but I wonder if there's something I'm missing by not using a library.

Steve Tucker said on June 13, 2006

I do not know much about this presentation im afraid, but what you talk about would depend heavily on the type of audence you are presenting to (ie: experienced or newbie). If I were talking to an experienced crowd I would almost certainly be talking about methods of streamlining and improving efficiency over exisiting techniques, followed by talking about where the web and the technology is heading in future - playing off ideas from the audience perhaps as part of the display. If I were talking to a newbie crowd I would be speaking about the basics, the reasons for using the technology, its pros, cons, where it should be used, etc. Regardless of the audience however I would make a point to talk about the importance of aspect such as accessibility. Even if your crowd already knows these things (as an expienced crowd almost certainly would) it is still a good subject to lead onto other things :)

James (AkaXakA) said on June 14, 2006

I'd expect you to talk really fast.

Jonathan Snook said on June 14, 2006

James: My nerves may bring that wish to life. I may temper that with alcohol which will slur the entire presentation with spurts of "I love you man!"

James (AkaXakA) said on June 16, 2006

Then I'll be expecting a podcast of it :)

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