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Ajax Bootcamp* at Web Design World Seattle

If you’re a forward-thinking Web architect or designer that needs to build compelling, user-centric, Ajax-based Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), then this fast-paced hands-on training workshop is for you!  Web Design World Seattle has partnered with Hinchcliffe & Company to bring you this intensive Ajax Bootcamp workshop on Sunday, July 8th. You can purchase this all-day Bootcamp for just $695.00, or add it to your Web Design World Gold Passport for just $495.00.

Laptop computers are provided, so bring your passion for learning and come build a working Ajax application from start to finish. Attendance is limited in order to maintain a premium educational experience, so don’t delay—register today!

Ajax Bootcamp

Using a concept-to-completion format, you’ll learn how to leverage the full power of the browser to build effective RIAs in this day-long course. We’ll cover the basics of Ajax including asynchronous server communication, Dynamic HTML, and Javascript with a focus on the most popular open-source Ajax libraries and frameworks. The latest techniques and best practices for building RIAs are explored including Ajax design patterns and user interface strategies for building elegant, “user addictive” Web sites and applications.

Ajax Bootcamp also delves into advanced Ajax strategies including performance tuning, debugging, and testing; and explores the latest Flash-based RIA platforms including OpenLaszlo and Flex.


  • Material personally created by Web 2.0 and RIA expert Dion Hinchcliffe, president and founder of Hinchcliffe & Company and former editor-in-chief of AjaxWorld Magazine, the world’s first print publication on Ajax.
  • Gain and understanding of the basics of Ajax, including asynchronous server communication, Dynamic HTML, and Javascript
  • Build a complete, functional Ajax application from beginning to end
  • Master design patterns and user interface strategies for building elegant, highly addictive Web sites and applications
  • Learn the essentials of popular Ajax frameworks including Dojo, Prototype, and
  • Become familiar with leading-edge best practices and techniques for developing Ajax, SaaS and Web 2.0 applications including testing, tuning, and optimization
  • Get a handle on the latest Ajax topics including mashups, OpenAjax, and Comet
  • Take your fully functional application home with you at the end of the course
  • Learn on networked laptops
  • Complete courseware binder with all documentation
  • Web 2.0 Bootcamp completion certificate suitable for framing

Who Should Attend

  • Web Programmers and Designers
  • Technology Evangelists
  • Senior Architects
  • Product Designers
  • User Interface Architects
  • Web Consultants

What You Will Do

  • Personally build a working Ajax application from start to finish
  • Learn and work with the major Ajax frameworks and libraries: Dojo,, and Prototype
  • Understand how to apply leading-edge Ajax design patterns and best practices
  • Apply key Ajax techniques from simple animation to full Web application development
  • And much more…

Course Content and Hands-On Exercises

Overview of Ajax Technologies

  • HTML vs. DHTML
  • Network concerns
  • Asynchronous conversations with Web servers
  • Characteristics of high-quality AJAX applications

Understanding AJAX Through the Basics of AJAX

  • Asynchronous server communication
  • Dynamic HTML = Javascript + the Document Object Model
  • Javascript design patterns
  • User interface strategies for building elegant, highly addictive Web sites and applications
  • The essential AJAX pieces (Javascript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Document Object Model (DOM), XMLHttpRequestObject)
  • The Ajax application with Javascript
  • Using CSS
  • Structuring the view using the DOM
  • Applying styles with Javascript
  • Communicating with the Web server in the background
  • Designing Ajax applications
  • Ajax design patterns
  • Introduction to Ajax frameworks: Dojo,, Prototype
  • Overview of framework capabilities
  • Examples of frameworks in use
  • Ajax best practices

Adding Basic Ajax Capabilities to a Web Page

  • A deep dive into the Ajax user experience
  • Elements of the Rich Internet Experience: Interactivity, robustness, simplicity, recognizable metaphors, and preservation of the browser model
  • Handling of bookmarks and the Back button
  • Background operations
  • Building an Ajax notification framework
  • Provenance and relevance
  • Supporting the Rich Internet Experience with third-party Ajax client frameworks
  • Using Ajax layouts, containers, and widgets
  • Patterns for animation and highlighting
  • User productivity techniques
  • Tracking outstanding network requests


  • Basic computer skills including file editing and navigating file systems
  • Familiarity with Internet concepts such as Web servers and Web pages
  • High-level understanding of HTML
  • Some prior programming experience (Perl, PHP, Javascript, etc.)

Ready to sign up? Register now!


*Ajax Bootcamp is an all-day hands-on workshop on Sunday, July 8, 2007. Alumni discounts and Frequent Lizard specials do not apply to the Ajax Bootcamp workshop.

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Nice blend of topics that are of interest to the beginner through expert.
WDW Boston 2006 attendee