Web 2.0 Expo Conference
Presented by Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith from Ajaxian
“Web interfaces are becoming richer than the desktop.”
They used some “pages” from the Apple store as examples and I have to admit that they’re right. (Click on the bag and then click again to zoom in. Then you can drag on the image to view all the details. Kind of cool). You do see sexier UI stuff on web sites these days. Stuff that you don’t get in desktop applications.
Prototype, GWT, jQuery, Dojo
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What’s coming down the pipe?
- Processing.js and the canvas element.
- jQuery UI
- Ext JS
- Mobile Me/Sprout Core
- 280 North
Books: “The Humane Interface” by Jef Raskin
Jacob Nielson on Usability: Response times should be between 0.1 seconds and 1.0 seconds. Anything longer than that is BAD.
The problem in browsers is that there is a single thread available. In general threads are not supported by browsers.
New browsers/plugins are providing a work around for the thread problem.
- Firefox 3.1 has something call WebWorker threads
They proposed a solution to the lack of canvas support in IE.
There are two possible workarounds right now:
- Bridge via Silverlight
- Bridge via Flash
- Safari Squirrelfish
- Firefox Tracemonkey
- Google Chrome V8
New Java plugin 1.6 Update 10