WebDU 2007: Countdown

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WebDU 2007: Countdown

I’m currently in Sydney, Australia for the 2007 WebDU conference. I’ll be presenting on Optimizing Standards Based Websites for Search Engines (aka SEO). My first impressions of Sydney have been relegated to downtown Sydney. It has the feeling of a smaller New York City.

When I got in my taxi and told the driver to take me to the Hilton, he looked at me for a second and then asked me if I could give him directions. This of course was not what I was looking for in a taxi driver. Apparently, this was his second day driving the taxi. Luckily, after some intense moments of map checking while driving, he got me there. However, I’m pretty sure we had to go through Brisbane to get there.

Restless from jet lag, I awoke at 3AM and couldn’t go back to sleep. I made the best of it and walked down to Sydney Harbour at dawn. I was able to take some nice pictures of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge (WebDU 2007 Flickr set).

I’m looking forward to the conference starting tomorrow. Adobe just publicly introduced Apollo (alpha) and that’s what the keynote is on (how convenient).

“Apollo is the code name for a cross-operating system runtime being developed by Adobe that allows developers to leverage their existing web development skills (Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript, Ajax) to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop.”

Adobe, which has a strong presence at this conference, is also showing a sneak peek of CS3. They’re requiring that all attendees sign an NDA, so it’s sure to be good. But wait! They’re doing it at the same time as my presentation! I can only hope that the attendees’ need for SEO knowledge is greater than their lust to know what’s in the next version of CS3. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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