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Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Road Show 2006 April 27, 2006

Posted by Bill in Community Events, Free Stuff, Uncategorized.
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Next Tuesday (March 2), MS Research is having an open house. The description is pretty vague ("Following the presentation and panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to tour several hands-on research demonstration booths showcasing the innovative projects on which the Microsoft Research group is working in the areas of mobility, gaming, location services, search, hardware and databases. Several prominent Microsoft researchers will be present to discuss their work and the problems they're working to solve.") but if you've been wondering what MS Research is doing, a half-day overview (from noon to five) seems like a very good thing. 

Consolidation in the Ajax Toolkit Arena April 26, 2006

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It looks like Dojo Toolkit (Alex Russell spoke about it at the Emerging Technology SIG in August of 2005) is gradually becoming the premier toolkit for Ajax development.

In January, it was adopted as the Ajax layer for Django.

The Java world has been gradually adopting Dojo for the past few months.

And yesterday Laszlo (who presented in January of 2005) and Dojo agreed to work together.

At this point, if you need to do Ajax, and your framework doesn't already have strong Ajax support built in, you'd have to have a very good reason not to go dojo.

Python Interest Group special meeting on Django April 24, 2006

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Jacob Kaplan-Moss, a lead developer for the open source web framework Django is in town this week and speaking at a special meeting of the Bay Area Python Interest Group. For those of you not familiar with Django, it is a new web application framework gaining popularity in the Python community for its ability to rapidly build web applications.

The special meeting is this Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm at Google, Building 43, Tunis room. It is recommended to come early to sign in.

Stanford Cool Products Expo April 20, 2006

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Next Wednesday, April 26, the Annual Cool Products Expo will be held at Stanford University. It's free, open to everyone, and is guaranteed to make your eyes pop at least once. 

Here's their concise description:

The mission of Cool Product Expo is to generate interest in and excitement around "cool" products and companies in the field of manufacturing and design among the GSB, and the Stanford and local communities at large. An attendee walking through the expo will likely encounter budding start-ups, university research lab projects, the latest R&D from global manufacturers, the best from local design studios, and more. We invite exhibitors from a variety of industries that practice innovation by way of design, function, and/or technology. 

Slides From Last Week’s Presentation April 17, 2006

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The fine folk from Tellme, who gave great presentations at last week's Emerging Technology SIG, have also given us the slides.

Michael Bodell's presentation on SCXML as either PDF or Powerpoint.

Michael Greenawalt presentation on Telllme and Skype as either PDF or Powerpoint.

This Week’s Emerging Technology SIG April 15, 2006

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Note: This is an old post, migrated from Bill Grosso's weblog as a test.

What with all the excitement around the valley, I forgot to post about this week's Emerging Technology SIG. It's a two-parter about voice applications and it's truly a killer night. Here's the abstracts. Tellme Networks – Part 1 by Michael Bodell

State Machine Notation for Control Abstraction 1.0 (SCXML) is the latest draft specification released by the W3C's Voice Browser Working Group. SCXML plays a key role in both the new VoiceXML 3.0 proposed architecture and in the Multimodal Working Groups Multimodal architecture. Come get a sneak peak at these architectures and learn about what SCXML is all about. Michael Bodell leads VoiceXML interpreter development at Tellme Networks and is a key contributor to both the Voice Browser and Multimodal Working Groups. Michael graduated from Harvard with a degree in Computer Science in 2000. Tellme Networks is a huge proponent of standards technology and was the only company to have multiple Editors of the VoiceXML standard. Tellme pioneered VoiceXML-based directory assistance with the launch of 1-800-555-1212 in July of 2001. VoiceXML is a key technology that today enables Tellme to fundamentally improve how people and businesses use the telephone.

Tellme Networks – Part 2 by Michael Greenawalt

Eclipse, the universal platform, is having great impact across the board on quality and speed of development of innovative products. Of its many open source projects, there is one currently building development tools for creating voice applications using VoiceXML and other markup languages. Tellme Networks is pleased to have developed and donated the reference VoiceXML Browser plug-in, allowing any who use the Eclipse Voice Tools to execute their applications on the Tellme Browser at the press of a button. The talk will cover a bit on the Eclipse project and a bit on developing in VoiceXML. A demonstration of the Eclipse Voice Tools and the Tellme Browser plug-in will be included. Michael Greenawalt is a senior developer at Tellme Networks and a Committer Member of the Eclipse Foundation. Michael holds a BS degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD from the University of Texas Austin. A long career in the computer industry has included teaching, development, and management — often with focus on creating software tools for development.