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Developed Direct Web Remoting

Director of Support and Development, SitePen

Joe Walker is lead developer of the Direct Web Remoting framework (DWR), and Director of Support and Development at SitePen UK, where he provides leadership, technical expertise, guidance and training to clients and interested developers across the United States and Europe. Joe is a renowned developer working on advanced web development techniques in JavaScript & Ajax technologies.

He is the creator of DWR, which has become the most popular Ajax toolkit for Java by making browser/server interaction intuitive for web developers. Joe is also a regular on the conference circuit and he is a frequent speaker at industry events like InfoQ, JavaOne, FoWA and The Ajax Experience.

He is an author of Ajax in Practice, and blogs at getahead.org/blog/joe and also at cometdaily.com.


SitePen was founded to pursue the possibilities of the web. By doing so they give clients the cost-effective advantages of great user experiences. They offer software development, training, support, and advice to help create amazing web applications.

SitePen is dedicated to open source projects and the health of the open web and they continue to make significant contributions to open source projects including the Dojo Toolkit, Cometd, and DWR.

The company started in Santa Monica, California in 2000, and is now headquartered in downtown Palo Alto in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

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Wednesday, November 5th: 15.45 - 16.45

Track: Technology Standards

Is the Open Web the Platform for Tomorrow?

For many people, HTML+CSS+JavaScript, etc are the de-facto standard web development platform, but how long will this last?What are the limitations of the open web and is it evolving fast enough to meet the growing demands that we're placing on it?

Solutions like GWT, Silverlight, Ajax Libraries, Flex and Gears are very different in their approach to the open web. This talk will look at the strategic differences and try to put into sharp focus the question: 'Can we build our next app on the Open Web?'