I Am Not Charles


Web 2.0 Expo

Posted in the Foyer by Joe on September 27, 2010
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I’m not much of Web 2.0 kind of guy. Facebook confuses me, I don’t see the point of Twitter, and these are the only two rich web apps I can think of off the top of my head. (Ok, that’s not true, but it’s punchier than, “I’ve probably never heard of most of the stuff that you Web 2.0 type people get excited about.”)

Yet I’m on my way to the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC. What am I doing here?

Well, first off I’m representing my employer, whatever that means. Schmoozing, I guess.

I’m also going to be going to a lot of web development (as opposed to business or – ick – marketing) talks. I’m not a web developer, I’m a WebKit developer: I know quite a bit about the underpinnings of web technology, but I’m not so clear about how it’s used in the real world. So I want to find out things like: which of the cool new HTML5 features are people doing web development most excited about? Which will be seeing heavy use starting now, and which are still seen as not mature enough to rely on? What do people want to do that can’t be done with cross-platform web technologies yet, and how can we provide it? Does anybody actually care about Flash? And what do web developers want to see from the Blackberry, specifically, to make it a killer platform?

And rather than learn about all this stuff and then file it away somewhere, I’m going to blog about it as I go. That will let me feel like I’m being useful and not just schmoozing on my employer’s dime. Hey, it’s a blogging conference, and I have a handy blog sitting here unused. Seems like a good time to dust it off!

First off tomorrow are two workshops: “HTML5: Developing for the Desktop and Mobile”, by Google’s Alex Russell, and probably “Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps”, by Jonathan Stark, which sounds pretty basic from the description, but I’m probably in need of some remedial CSS3. (It can’t be any harder than template metaprogramming, right?) More importantly right now, it’ll help me decide if I should go to Jonathan’s other talk, which conflicts with a bunch of other stuff I’d like to see.

(While I’m attending this conference on behalf of Research In Motion, this blog and its contents are my personal opinions and do not represent the views of my employers. Nutella is a registered trademark of Ferraro.)

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