Cutting Back

One of my goals for 2007 is to spend less time on the road, and SitePen has been helping to make sure that I get real blocks of time for R&D. This is all the more important given the aggressive Dojo 1.0 roadmap. As a result, I’m skipping some of my favorite conferences (SxSW, ETech, etc.) and doing less speaking in general. But that doesn’t mean I’m not traveling at all, just that we’re trying to “make it count”.

Here’s an abbreviated version of my conference schedule until about June:

  • ISOC-IL 2007 Conference: after a full day of listening to me yammer, hopefully there will still be some interest in using Dojo somewhere in Israel.
  • ETel: the telco guys don’t know me, but if they show up at ETel the sure won’t like me when it’s all said and done. This talk will be something of a reprise of my no-holds-bared EuroOSCON talk. Swearing will most certainly be involved.
  • AjaxWorld NY: not speaking (Dylan is!) but as I’m on the board of the Open Ajax Alliance, I’ll be in NY for the members meeting at the very least.
  • Web 2.0 Expo: thanks to Simon I’ll be on an Ajax Toolkits panel. A good time will be had by all while we dodge the “why shouldn’t I use Flash/Flex?” question.
  • Java One: Jean Francois, Greg Wilkins, and I will prognosticate about the state of Comet in Java. Thanks to the hard work of both of those chaps, the future is surprisingly bright.
  • 2007 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy: I’ll be attending this one, and thankfully it’s in Oakland. Lots to talk about regarding security on the web these days and this is the place to do it.

Believe it or not, that’s a relaxed schedule from last year. If you’re going to be heading to any of these and want to catch beer, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.


  1. Jeremy Dunck
    Posted February 16, 2007 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I don’t think I can make any of those, but we’ll miss you at SxSW.

  2. Tzury
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Your lectures @ ISOC-IL 2007 were all great. I am so glad I was lucky to be introduced to Dojo in this first class way.

    I am still for the presentations to be downloaded from the site.

    I am sorry I didn’t read about the beer offer before. I wish I could have a beer with you here in the bars of Tel Aviv.

    keep up the good working.
    As a future dojo user, I hope I will contribute some back to the community.

  3. Posted February 22, 2007 at 6:42 am | Permalink


    Your ISCO-IL lecture was great, and I enjoyed it very much. Oh yeah – and we plan to use Dojo in our application (Travel), so there’s at least one Israeli whom you helped ;-)


  4. Ze'ev
    Posted February 25, 2007 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a wonderful full day presentation – it was a rare chance for us see here in Israel one of the leading web programmers/thinkers.

    Personally, I was very surprised and excited when I read that Alex Russell is going to visit our small country. This 1 day tutorial was organized by the ISOC-IL (The Israel Internet Association) which is almost unknown to the average programmer/web-designer in our high-tech community. In my company only 3 (of about 20) are familiar with the ISOC-IL and only I got an email about the conference (since I was once an ISOC-IL member).

    We use Dojo a lot in our application and it helped us smooth our transition out of an IE-only web app into a cross-browser one. Although I am very familiar with Dojo the presentation was very interesting and I learned a lot of new stuff.