Web Developer Tools: How to Be Productive Building for the Web

Ben Galbraith (Walmart.com), Dion Almaer (Set Direction)
Location: 2002
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 25 ratings)

The Web Platform often gets dinged for its lack of great tools. In the past, that would have been a fair demerit. And while, in the present, there are surely some gaps when compared to other environments, in reality, there are a bunch of interesting developer tools for the Web. In this session, we explore some of the most popular of these, including Firebug and another new tool from Mozilla.

This is a designated Web2Open Hybrid session, with a follow up discussion scheduled in Web2Open at 12:40 pm.

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Ben Galbraith


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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Dion Almaer

Set Direction

Dion Almaer is the founder of a brand new company named Set Direction where he has the pleasure of working with Ben Galbraith. The pair co-founded Ajaxian.com together and they are now focused on helping developers deliver fantastic experiences and working to set the direction of the software industry as a whole.

Dion has been a technologist and a developer writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at almaer.com/blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

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04/08/2009 9:10am PDT

We’re so sorry about the buzzer thing (folks in the past have loved it). Many apologies.

Scott Snare
04/06/2009 6:31pm PDT

The the random buzzer was really terrible, distracting and loud. It was funny for about 1 minute. Doing it for the whole presentation just didn’t make sense.

Scott M. Neal
04/03/2009 1:44pm PDT

The info in the presentation, and the two presenters themselves were great, but… The tag-team presentation style was only semi-effective; it might have been made more effective if that buzzer noise wasn’t SO ANNOYING… How about the sound of a bell or something instead if you try that again?

Sandra Wolfe
04/02/2009 12:07pm PDT

Firebug is the best tool ever! I really got a lot out of the workshop. Thought it was great…except…hated the random buzzer bit. I can appreciate adding some fun…but…a little silly at first and eventually really irritating.

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