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Ben Galbraith, Ajaxian.com

 Ben  Galbraith

Ben Galbraith is a frequent technical speaker, occasional consultant, and author of several Java-related books. He is a co-founder of Ajaxian.com, an experienced Chief Technical Officer and Enterprise Java Architect, and is presently co-leading a new group at Mozilla focusing on developer tools for the Web.

Ben wrote his first computer program when he was six years old, started his first business at ten, and entered the IT workforce just after turning twelve. For the past few years, he’s been professionally coding in Java.

In 2005, Ben delivered over a hundred technical presentations at venues including JavaOne, JavaPolis, and the No Fluff Just Stuff Java Symposiums.

Presentation: "The Web Platform"

Time: Wednesday 10:45 - 11:45

Location: Fleming Room

Abstract: A few years ago, Web developers discovered that browsers had hidden within them a few capabilities that when properly utilized could redefine the state of the web application art. Initially referred to as 'Ajax', these technologies have gone from being simple hacks into becoming the foundation for an exciting new client platform--the Web Platform. While Ajax was initially about wringing a bit more power out of stagnant browsers, times have changed: browsers are evolving at impressive speed, to say nothing of the Internet-speed evolution of the libraries built on top of them. In this session, Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer--the founders of Ajaxian.com and Co-directors of Developer Tools at Mozilla--discuss the state of the Web Platform, including a look at the latest technologies and a peek over the horizon at what's to come. Attendees may find the talk a liberating experience.