That’s right — I just used the perfect passive participle. Deal with it.
Everyone else is doing it, so I suppose I have to do a postmortem on The Ajax Experience.
It looks like WaSP — particularly the Microsoft and DOM Scripting Task Forces — will facilitate this discussion, and I hope the major frameworks can play a part as well. As I pointed out to Pete LePage, they’ll have succeeded if we’re able to remove code from our libraries.
In the meantime, we’ve got Dean Edwards on our side, so I’m not afraid of anything that IE’s DOM scripting environment can throw at me. Bring it on!
The Immediate Future of Prototype
First, let me thank Justin Gehtland for three excellent sessions: two on Prototype and one on Scriptaculous. His presentations exemplified the sort of passion and love for one’s tools that we hope Prototype can evoke in anyone who uses it.
I also owe him a beer for pointing out a bug (or at least an inconsistency) on‐stage: I was able to write a two‐line fix, test it, and submit a patch less than 20 minutes later.
Which brings me to a larger issue: Justin Palmer has mentioned how he, Dan, and I are working on Prototype documentation. This is true, but I’d like to go further: we’re working on building a Prototype community.
Prototype was created by one dude with a full‐time job, and at a certain point the work of maintaining an open‐source framework gets overwhelming. Ask yourself if Rails would have gotten to version 1.2 if DHH had decided to go it alone. Sam’s still the ace starter, but now he’s got a bullpen of relievers and closers.
We’re going to build a site for Prototype that everyone can be proud of. We want people adding their own comments to documentation. We want people to tell us about blog posts they’ve written about Prototype. We want to ensure people know where to go to report bugs and submit patches.
Most importantly, we’re working hard to get a 1.5 release out the door. It’ll be soon. I promise.
The Slightly‐Less‐Immediate Future of Prototype
I was thrilled to meet some of the people with whom I’ve been trading e‐mails for months: Justin Palmer and Dan Webb — my Prototype cohorts — as well as WaSPer Aaron Gustafson and JQuery creator John Resig. It was also great to meet Chris Wilson of the IE team and WaSP imperator Molly Holzschlag.
I’m grateful to Aaron for offering me one of his free passes to the conference, or else there’s no way I would’ve made it. And I echo Dan’s praise for the Ajaxian guys for giving two free passes to each speaker, or else Justin wouldn’t have been there, or Pete Forde, or half the Dojo guys I ended up talking to.