I didn't start my Day 3 at Ajaxworld until 8:50am. There were 2 previous sessions: ASP.Net Ajax, and Kapow: Serving Mashups from the Long Tail of the Web. Fortunately - I had the opportunity to see ASP.Net Ajax in action at AOL back on March 1st from another Microsoft evangelist....which mean't I could sleep a little longer.
For 8:50am - I attended Reginald Stadlbauer: Automatically Testing the UI of Ajax: Challenges and Solutions. What I didn't realize until the talk started was that this was really a product demonstration of Squish - a UI testing tool from FrogLogic. The product appeared to be a very useful web UI testing tool that is built with Ajax testing in mind. Some downsides I saw - it appeared to be very slow, even though Reginald was testing a localhost web-app, the live demo dragged. And the price is pretty steep: $2,100 per user license. I don't know the UI testing field well enough to identify its competitors. But for what its worth, I'd try Squish in a heartbeat if it was open-source!
This session finished a little early so I ran to Google Web Toolkit: Quick Relief of Ajax Pain. But this session was overflowing with people and I couldn't get in close enough to see.
9:40am brought Christophe Conreats to the stage to demo Adobe's products: High Definition User Experience with Flex & Apollo. This was also a similar presentation to one I attended at AOL on March 1st. But since Adobe's Flex and Apollo's products look so good - it was still interesting to watch a second time. The most impressive demo was a virtual biology book with transparent layered pages that turned and over-layed organs on a cut-away view of the human body. I don't need this feature - but it's great eye-candy. For me the 4 leading Ajax toolkits/frameworks to pay attention to are: Dojo Toolkit, Adobe Flex/Apollo, Open laszlo, Prototype/Script.aculo.us.
11:35am's presentation was from Helmi Technologies: Step-by-Step - Open source RIA platform. I want to say something nice, but this presentation was a complete train-wreck. The audience repeatedly shouted "we can't hear you"...but it made no difference. If they were hoping to make a good impression of Helmi - they didn't. At the end of the talk - the application never worked, and the presenters left the stage without taking any questions.