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Web 2.0 Journal contributing editor Kate Allen (pictured) reports, direct from MIX06 in Las Vegas: At the MIX06 keynote presentation by Bill Gates, Gates asked two companies to come out and show what they’re doing to provide “rich user experience” (always avoiding the term Web 2.0). As a side note, I’m at an identity discussion and I’ve noticed that the subtext to MIX06 is “the next web now”- how Web 2.0 is that? Anyhow, back to the keynote session, which you can stream. Gates invited Aber Whitcomb of MySpace, who was surprisingly positive about Microsoft as a platform. MySpace.com has 65 millions and is signing up 250,000 new users a day. They have just been ranked as #2 of all websites for the number of hits, surpassing Google, MSN, etc. Amazing! They use SQL server and ASP.NET. To show how powerful Microsoft is as a plat... (more)

Real-World AJAX Book Preview: REFERENCES

This content is reprinted from Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters published by SYS-CON Books. To order the entire book now along with companion DVDs for the special pre-order price, click here for more information. Aimed at everyone from enterprise developers to self-taught scripters, Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters is the perfect book for anyone who wants to start developing AJAX applications. REFERENCES List of AJAX and JavaScript Frameworks and Libraries There are many different frameworks from which to choose. Some are open source and therefore free and some are ... (more)

MIX06 is Here

Bill Gates gave the keynote presentation that framed Mix06 for the next few days, which is really about the “web experience” and “beyond the browser”.  He said the world is changing and should be more user centric rather than device centric. He discussed users’ experiences from the perspective of the computer, the media center, and mobile devices. He announced that IE7 has been re-released today, Beta 2. “IE7 is coming”. Bill Gates predicted that “IE7 is so powerful that most hardware will ship with it”. He said, as a mea culp... (more)