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The Future of Browsers

Dion Almaer (Set Direction), Ben Galbraith (Walmart.com), Chris Wilson (Microsoft Corp.), Brendan Eich (Mozilla)
11:00am Friday, 09/19/2008
Topic: Development
Location: 1A08 & 10

In many ways browsers have stagnated for years. It appears that we are coming out of the barren years, and with the sped up development of Firefox, WebKit, Opera, and even IE 8, we could be seeing a renaissance of the Web as a whole. The browser is the gateway to the Web, and as it evolves, we as Web developers can do more and more.

We have representatives from browsers themselves, as well as other folk, as we explore the future of browsers and where the Web is going in this panel. What do they see as the important blockers? How can we get past them? How can we stop JavaScript 2 from becoming the Web’s Perl 6?

Come with your own questions, as we get some time to chat with the people that matter…. the developers building the front door to your application.

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Dion Almaer

Set Direction

Ajaxian. Google Code. twitter.com/dalmaer

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Ben Galbraith

Walmart.com

Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.

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Chris Wilson

Microsoft Corp.

Chris Wilson is the Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft, as well as co-chair of the W3C’s HTML Working Group. Chris began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic, the first mass-market WWW browser. After leaving NCSA in 1994 and spending a year working on the web browser for SPRY, Inc., he joined Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team as a developer in 1995.

In the course of a decade on the IE team, Chris has participated in many standards working groups, in particular helping develop standards for Cascading Style Sheets, HTML, the Document Object Model and XSL through the W3C working groups. He also developed the first implementation of Cascading Style Sheets in Internet Explorer – the first, in fact, in any mass-market web browser. Beginning in 2001, he spent a few years working on the Avalon project, but rejoined the IE team in 2004 to lead the IE Platform and Security team.

In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his wife and daughter, and scuba diving in the tropics as well as the chilly waters of Puget Sound as a PADI Assistant Instructor. Occasionally he remembers to share his thoughts on his blog, but more frequently updates his Flickr account and Twitter.

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Brendan Eich

Mozilla

Brendan is responsible for architecture and the technical direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners, owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the roadmap that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project. Brendan created JavaScript, did the work through Navigator 4.0, and helped carry it through international standardization. Before Netscape, he wrote operating system and network code for SGI; and at MicroUnity, wrote micro-kernel and DSP code, and did the first MIPS R4K port of gcc, the GNU C compiler.