Mix06 Day Two

22. March 2006 05:17

Another day has come and gone at Mix06.

Today, I attended Scott Isaacs presentation entitled: Lessons from the Trenches: Engineering Great AJAX Experiences.  I have to give props to Scott for squeezing in so much compressed material in such a short time slot.  He outlined a lot of good things to consider when developing AJAX-style applications.  You can download his PowerPoint presentation here.  I would definitely recommend reviewing it if you are doing some serious AJAX development.

I also caught part a presentation to get an overview of WPF/E (Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere) delivered by Joe Stegman.  In case you don't know, WPF/E is a subset of WPF that is intended to be cross-platform compatible.  Basically, the idea is to allow certain aspects of WPF to be available for all major web browsers and operating systems other than windows.  However, it doesn't stop there.  They want to extend this concept to apply to mobile devices and smart clients as well.  This was a cool first glimpse.  Joe did a great job of demoing the current prototype.  Hopefully, his PowerPoint presentation will be available for download in a few weeks.

Finally, I attended Making Your Site Work with IE7 Security by Rob Franco.  He outlined changes necessary to make your site work in the IE7 security model.  For the most part, I don't really see anything that will require drastic changes.  The biggest difference is that the browser is much more secure by default.  However, it is still a presentation worth reading once it becomes available for download.

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