Howdy folks, I just got back from outta state.
Maxine Sherrin from WebDirections sent me this. BTW I’ll be there.

Web Directions Event: Lars Rasmussen of Google Maps and Dean Jackson of the W3C.

While Web 2.0 is a term that has been done to death, it’s also clear something new and exciting is in fact happening on the web. Ajax, web applications and APIs are giving rise to a new breed of solution. One of the major players in this revolution is Google, and among their stellar applications is Google Maps.

Web Directions brings you the opportunity to hear from Lars Rasmussen, a lead engineer of the team that created Google Maps.
These guys were doing Ajax long before it had that name, and revolutionized mapping by opening their API to other web based applications, giving rise to the phenomenon of “mashups”, innovative uses of multiple web based data sources to create novel solutions.

Hear Lars talk about the design and development challenges and solutions involved in complex web based applications, and show off some of the cool things the Google Maps team have been working on.

Also speaking will be Dean Jackson of the W3C, who is among many other things the technical lead for the W3C’s Web APIs Working Group.
This group is working to develop standard APIs for client-side Web Application development, which includes both documenting existing APIs such as XMLHttpRequest (the X in “Ajax” ) and developing new APIs in order to enable richer Web Applications.
In short, to do for web apps what CSS did for static web design.

If you work with the web, you’ll be enthused, inspired, and informed by these knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other interesting and talented people who work in your industry, and everyone knows there’s nothing good on TV on Thursday nights anymore.

Web Directions will be providing finger food for the night, and there’ll be a cash bar if you feel like a drink.

You’ll also have the chance to win a ticket to the Web Directions Conference later this year in Sydney, valued at $750, as well as places at our exclusive breakfast with web guru Molly Holzschlag.

Best of all, the event is free, but places are limited, so please RSVP to info@webdirections.org.

Details
What: Web Directions presents Lars Rasmussen from Google Maps and Dean Jackson from the W3C
When: 6.00pm for 6.30pm June Thursday 29 2006

Where: Hotel CBD, Jam Bar, Level 4, 52 King Street, Sydney (same place as F.E.D)

Cost: Free, but please RSVP info@webdirections.org

I’m a presenter at the WebDirections thingie at the end of the year. Go to here to check it out.

BTW, Medium is on Thursday night and Channel 10 can’t be recorded on my IQ. Shame. Still, I’ll be there, and we’ll have a drink. I’m pretty easy to find – look for the 2 cm high pixie with pink hair and steam blowing out of her ears *points at avatar*. She’ll be at the bar.

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