August 01, 2006 18:36 ET

AJAXWorld Conference & Expo Speakers and Agenda Announced

Three Day Event Presents an AJAX Developer Bootcamp, BOF Sessions, Ruby on Rails Track, SYS-CON.TV Power Panels, and the Top Speaker Lineup of the Year

MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2006 -- SYS-CON Events ( announced today the initial speaker lineup of the First International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo, which will take place October 2-4, 2006, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Just as in 1998 the world of movies was ignited by "There's Something About Mary," so in 2006 the world of i-Technology has been set alight by the undeniable fact that "There's Something About AJAX" and SYS-CON Events -- premier producer of leading-edge i-Technology seminars, conferences, and Webinars -- is in the absolute vanguard of the AJAX movement, to the extent that on October 2-4, 2006, it is presenting the world's first-ever AJAXWorld Conference & Expo, with a high-octane lineup of the world's foremost AJAX, Rich Internet Applications, and Web 2.0 experts.

AJAXWorld Conference & Expo speaker Bill Scott, Yahoo! AJAX evangelist and co-founder of Rico, says it as follows: "The introduction of AJAX tears down the page-refresh boundary and opens a pipeline to just-in-time information, presentation or even logic to flow continuously into the page all the way across the user's interactions...It has opened the potential for information in context all the time, in real-time and just-in-time; just the way the user thinks about the problem. That is why AJAX is so special."

On the other hand, as AJAXWorld 2006 speaker Coach Wei -- CEO of Nexaweb -- points out, the fascination surrounds not merely the acronym "AJAX" but is also about, as Wei notes, "what the Web can be and what it can do, in ways that are so different but so much better than what we have been used to." Celebrating, promulgating, and explicating Web 2.0 technologies such as RSS, CSS, OPML, Flash, and Nexaweb, the speaker faculty includes, among others:

Jesse James Garrett - The Father of the term "AJAX"
Patrick Grady - Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Rearden Commerce
Thomas Fuchs - Creator, and
Scott Isaacs - Architect, Microsoft Windows Live; Father of DHTML
Adam Sah - Architect of Google Gadgets
Paul Buchheit - Creator of Gmail
Hakon Wium Lie - The Father of CSS
Douglas Crockford - Creator of JSON
Bill Scott - Co-Founder of Rico, AJAX Evangelist of Yahoo!
Zeki Mokhtarzada - Co-Founder & CTO,
Tony Parisi - Co-Creator of Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML)
David Temkin - Founder & CTO, Laszlo Systems
Coach Wei - Founder & CTO, Nexaweb
Alex Russell & Dylan Schiemann - Co-Founders, Dojo Foundation
Bob Brewin - Co-CTO Software Group, Sun
Paul Rademacher - Google Creator of
David Boloker - CTO, Emerging Internet Technologies, IBM
Christophe Coenraets - AJAX-Flex Integration Guru, Adobe
Craig McClanahan - Spec Lead for JSF 1.0 and Senior Staff Engineer at Sun
Eric Miraglia - Presentation Platform Team, Yahoo!
Jouk Pleiter - Co-Founder & CEO, Backbase
Kevin Hakman - Co-Founder, TIBCO General Interface
Dion Hinchcliffe - Editor-in-Chief, AJAXWorld Magazine
Ajit Jaokar - Co-Founder, futuretext; author, Mobile Web 2.0
Shanku Niyogi - Product Unit Manager of the UiFX Team, Microsoft
Alan Lewis - Technical Evangelist, eBay Developers Program
Eric Pascarello - Co-author of Ajax in Action
Jonas Jacobi - Java EE Technology Evangelist at Oracle, Co-author of Pro
John Crupi - CTO, JackBe
John F. Andrews - President, Evans Data Corporation
Neil Sequiera - Venture Capitalist, General Catalyst Partners
Kurt Cagle - Author & software developer
Jim Phelan - Chief Architect, Stream57
Joe Orbman - Chief Architect, Midnight Coders
Riccardo La Rosa - Principal Consultant, Engineering, Molecular
Greg Wilkins - Lead Developer, Jetty
Bob Zurek - Director of Advanced Technologies, IBM Information Integration
Jason Michael Perry - Director of Training, Fig Leaf Software
Florian von Kurnatowski - Director of Technical Services, Scalix
Ash Parikh - Director of Development & Technology, Raining Data Corporation
Dave Wolf - VP of Consulting, Cynergy Systems
Alex Iskold - CEO, adaptive blue
Martin Frid-Nielsen - CEO & Founder, SoonR
Laurence Moroney - Author of Foundations of Atlas
Jochen Krause - CEO, Innoopract
Dave Johnson - Co-Founder & CTO of eBusiness Applications
Yakov Fain - Co-Author, RIA with Adobe Flex
Dr. Victor Rasputnis - Managing Principal, Farata Systems
Simon Horwith - Editor-in-Chief, ColdFusion Developer's Journal; CIO,
Nathan Jakubiak - Software Team Leader, Parasoft
AJAXWorld University's AJAX Developer Bootcamp

AJAXWorld University's AJAX Developer Bootcamp is an intensive, one-day hands-on training program that will teach Web developers and designers how to build high-quality AJAX applications from beginning to end.

Available as part of -- or separately from -- the AJAXWorld Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, October 3-4, 2006, the AJAX Developer Bootcamp is an in-depth, highly practical crash course that takes students rapidly through the paces of developing AJAX using the latest techniques, libraries/frameworks, and best practices.

Held on October 2nd, the day before the AJAXWorld Conference & Expo begins, AJAX Developer Bootcamp is intended to be the premier AJAX instructional program presently available anywhere. The AJAX Developer Bootcamp curriculum is carefully designed to be the most efficient way to "fit all of AJAX in your head" using a structured and well-organized approach to learning about this significant new paradigm shift in Web development.

The AJAX Developer Bootcamp will be taught personally by AJAXWorld University instructor, Dion Hinchcliffe, renowned AJAX architect, developer, author, and speaker, who is also the founding editor and editor-in-chief of AJAXWorld Magazine and editor of SYS-CON Book's upcoming bestseller, Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters.

Attendees of the AJAX Developer Bootcamp will gain a deep understanding of the underlying principles of AJAX including DHTML, Javascript, XmlHttpRequest, how to build AJAX-friend Web services including JSON, AJAX application structure, and useful tips for debugging, troubleshooting, and tuning AJAX applications. Knowledge of and ability to work with HTML and CSS are a bootcamp prerequisite, as well as basic Javascript skills.

The AJAX method of designing Web-based software has taken the industry by storm over the last year. Internet companies like Google have shown what is possible (Gmail and Google Maps), and the future of Web development now seems closely intertwined with mastery of the AJAX technique, which results in online software that is as rich and expressive as desktop software.

AJAXWorld University Certification: Attendees successfully completing the bootcamp will get a certificate of completion from AJAXWorld University.

Who Should Attend: Attendees with prior limited knowledge of AJAX are encouraged to attend AJAX Developer Bootcamp if they will be involved in the design or building AJAX software.

Ruby on Rails Track:

Those attending SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Ruby on Rails" One-Day Seminar, on October 3, 2006 -- many of whom by definition have already felt the hurt -- can experience the happiness first-hand, when top Ruby on Rails practitioners share their insights, expertise, and code.

Sessions range from Dave Hoover's "Acceptance Testing Rails" to Robby Russell's "Rails Meets the Legacy-World." Michael Huffington will be there to talk about "RoR & AJAX," Alex Bunardzic to explain how Rails reduces the number of decisions when building Web applications, and Steven Baker will describe "Behavior-Driven Development with RSpec."

Joe O'Brien will give a session about "Integrating Rails into the Enterprise Through SOA" and James Adam will discuss "Plugging into Rails"

SYS-CON.TV Power Panels:

In addition to the speaker sessions, AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2006 features four very special industry "Power Panels," keynote panels designed to inform, stimulate, and inspire:

"Redefining RIAs: Does AJAX Push the Browser Too Far?"
Moderator: Jeremy Geelan

"Web-Oriented Architecture: SOA + The Web + REST"
Moderator: Dion Hinchcliffe

"The Framework Wars: Lightweight vs Heavyweight"
Moderator: Jeremy Geelan

"Mash-Ups: The Revolutionary Evolution"
Moderator: Dion Hinchcliffe
Birds of a Feather Sessions:

And then, for good measure, AJAXWorld 2006 also offers a welter of BOFs led by some of the industry's biggest names:

Usability BOF - Andre Charland
JSON BOF - Douglas Crockford
Dojo BOF - Dylan Scheimann
Open AJAX BOF - Jon Ferraiolo
jMaki BOF - Greg Murray
Ruby on Rails BOF - Thomas Fucchs
Rico BOF - Bill Scott
Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

AJAXWorld Conference & Expo will be sponsored by leading technology vendors. Information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities can be obtained by e-mail at events(at) or by phone at 201 802-3020.

Charter sponsors of the conference include: Adobe, TIBCO, Apress, Backbase, ComponentArt, Helmi Technologies, Laszlo, Nexaweb, telerik, Google, Parasoft, and ILOG.

About SYS-CON Media

SYS-CON Media, listed in Inc 500 three years in a row as the fastest-growing, privately held publishing company in America, is the world's leading publisher exclusively serving i-technology markets.

SYS-CON's well-known and highly respected magazines' Web portals include: AJAXWorld Magazine (; Java Developer's Journal (; .NET Developer's Journal (; Enterprise Open Source Magazine (; (; SOA Web Services Journal (; Wireless Business & Technology (; XML-Journal (; WebLogic Developer's Journal (; WebSphere Journal (; Web Developer's & Designer's Journal (; ColdFusion Developer's Journal (; PowerBuilder Developer's Journal (; IT Solutions Guide (; Information Storage & Security Journal (; Eclipse Developer's Journal (; Symbian Developer's Journal (; Web Hosting Journal (; and Web 2.0 Journal (

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