Spread across the floor of a cavernous, otherwise unoccupied business park building on the shores of the Duwamish River in the industrial area south of downtown Seattle, MindCamp is awash in twenty- and thirty-something techies, entrepreneurs, bloggers, journalists, and researchers. This event is soooo Seattle: socially- and environmentally conscious, entrepreneurial, horizontally integrated, open, functional, and casual. As previously mentioned, Gotdotnet.com is proud to be a premium MindCamp sponsor.

MindCamp in the News
ABC local News on KOMO and National Public Radio
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Technology Column
and, I ran into Todd Bishop of the Seattle P-I this evening so I suspect there might be more on the way.

Session Notes
Here are some notes from a couple of pick up sessions I have attended this evening:

Ajax Primer
Speaker: Tom Snyder - http://www.inetword.com

  • InetWord is a slick, handcrafted AJAX implementation that provides a rich client-like WYSIWYG editor for the Web. Extremely feature rich.
  • The first ajaxy thing I noticed in the interface was a flashing cursor...
  • Competetion is http://www.writely.com, subetha Edit: http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/, ...
  • Working on cross-browser compatibility
  • 2-man shop uses VisualDev on the front end. PHP/Linux on the backend.
  • Targeting hosters like GoDaddy, Register, etc, which host millions of Websites.
  • Cost? Shooting for around $5-$7/month per site license.
  • Realtime collaborative editing relies upon pessimistic, document-level locking.
  • AJAX editor for Wiki? Unless very carefully implemented, an ajax editor would introduce
  • Tom says that an AJAX developer's dream bag of skills include: deep understanding of HTML, javascript, eval()...going back to LISP, and knowledge of backend (ie, CGI params)

Session: Sharing Attention
Speaker: AndyEd
Link Stalking, project started at MindCamp, cool visualization idea for link trails -- http://www.seattlemind.com/wiki/index.php/Session_-_Attention.xml