I spent the afternoon here at SD Expo going back and forth between sessions. I was stuck deciding between Christian Gross's "Ajax for Web Developers" session and Michele Bustamante's ".NET Technology Road Map: Grasp the Avalanche of Technologies Before You." It takes eight hours to fully present a road map of .NET technologies.

Christian took some time to answer questions about debugging and using XML with Ajax. His view is that using XML with Ajax is too much of a PITA (pain in the butt), and it's often more efficient to pass CSV data. He also uses Firefox to debug JavaScript. It's not that Internet Explorer is bad at it, but it's a PITB (pain in the rear) to turn it on. "The way to do this is to go to Internet Properties, Advanced, and somewhere in there there's a check box. It's not bad, it's a pretty good debugger, but it's clunky to get it going."

The show floor opened this evening as well. There was a lot of buzz around the Dr. Dobb's Second Life space. You can dgo to Dr Dobbs Island in Second Life, hang out with people, discuss development, and so on.

I don't know if it's because I'm not a gaming aficionado, if it's because I have problems with my First Life, or if it's because I'm old, but I'm not sure I get it yet. I can still go to text-based forums to talk with people when I need to, and with text, no one knows that I'm dressed up as a giant rabbit with wings. That said, it looks to be popular, and development for Second Life has been growing, so maybe I need to get on the bandwagon.

- Josh T