Ajax Developers' Day to Kick Off XTech 2006

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Ajax Developers' Day to Kick Off XTech 2006 Conference

Industry experts offer insight into next generation of the Web

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, USA - April 25, 2006 - In response to the
rapidly developing world of Ajax user interfaces on the browser,
IDEAlliance (www.idealliance.org) announced today that its annual XTech
Conference will kick off on May 16 with Ajax Developers' Day. XTech
2006 (www.xtech-conference.org), to be held May 16-19 in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, is the premier European conference for developers and
managers working with XML and web technologies.

Ajax Developers' Day is being organized as a forum for web developers
involved in creating dynamic Ajax-based web user interfaces or
toolkits, and will be chaired by Simon Willison, technology developer
at Yahoo!  The event will also feature a lightning demo session at the
end of the day, where each presenter will demonstrate his Ajax toolkit
or application, whether commercial or open source. Alex Russell,
president of Dojo Foundation and a co-founder of the Dojo Toolkit
project, will provide the keynote for Ajax Developers' Day with a
presentation on Dojo and the future of the open web.

Other speakers and their topics confirmed for Ajax Developers' Day

=B7    Simon Willison, technology developer at Yahoo!, providing an
overview of the Yahoo! User Interface Library, a set of utilities and
controls written in JavaScript for building richly interactive web
applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, HTML and Ajax.
=B7    Max Carlson, lead runtime architect at OpenLaszlo.com, discussing
upcoming plans for OpenLaszlo and how they relate to the Ajax

=B7    Jeremy Keith, web developer at consultancy firm Clearleft and a
member of the Web Standards Project, focusing on the progressive
enhancement of web site development with Ajax.
=B7    Simon Wistow, web developer, discussing the use of Ajax to
effectively blend solid code with great web design.
=B7    Sebastian Sch=FCrmann, web developer at Mayflower and Thinkphp,
describing the daily experience of developing an Ajax framework and
applications in XUL and Javascript for Sixt Cart Rental.
=B7    Kurt Cagle, web developer and author of more than 15 books and
hundreds of articles on XML-based technologies, exploring how the use
of Ajax and E4X together will simplify programming web applications.
=B7    Mark Schiefelbein, director of product management for leading Ajax
vendor Backbase, presenting on using XML technologies such as XPath and
XSLT to efficiently manage Ajax-style interactivity.

"Ajax is a technology that is poised to change web development,"
said Edd Dumbill, XTech 2006 conference chair. "As toolkits and
techniques proliferate, we want to help developers make the best
choices, and bring together the leading projects to promote cooperation
and consolidation in client-side technology. Attendees of Ajax
Developers' Day will learn about the benefits and problems of Ajax
directly from leading practitioners. They'll also get the opportunity
to share their views about the direction that Ajax should take."

The theme for XTech 2006, "Building Web 2.0," recognizes the key
role of standards-based and open technology in enabling the next
generation of web applications. This year's tracks include
applications, browser technology, core technologies and open data with
presentations on topics such as Rails, Semantic Web, XQuery, and
network security. The full program schedule, with session descriptions,
is available at www.xtech-conference.org/. Mozilla Corporation and W3C
are co-hosts for XTech 2006, and current sponsors of the event include
Justsystems, IBM and Adobe.

Simon Willison, technology developer at Yahoo! and chair for Ajax
Developers' Day said, "This event brings together a superb group of
speakers with a great deal of combined experience and expertise in the
client-side technologies that Ajax development incorporates. Ajax
Developers' Day is an excellent opportunity to meet developers who
are already creating the next generation of the web."

About IDEAlliance
IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is an
established industry organization with a diverse and impressive
membership that has been developing, educating and validating best
practices in publishing and information technology for 40 years.
Through special interest groups, conferences and its active membership,
IDEAlliance offers its members an inside track into how the publishing
and content-driven supply chain can and will be exploited to respond to
both traditional and emerging pressures to reduce cost, increase the
top line, and develop new lines of business. To learn more about
IDEAlliance, please visit www.idealliance.org/, or call +1

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