This was my third The Ajax Experience, and there were a lot of great people to see. Even more exciting though, was jQueryCamp, despite forgetting my t-shirt in Boston.. The accommodations were especially wonderful ;) (that's code for... I crashed on John's couch. Thanks John!)..
I met most of my fellow core team members, which I'd really been looking forward to, along with a slew of jQuery geeks and gurus. Karl, Jörn, Bradley, Marc, Paul, Rey, Richard -- just to name a few. I hope to post more about jQuery camp -- the talks, etc. -- when things get a bit calmer... if ever they do.
(As a side bonus, there were a few Merb folks around -- what more could I ask for?!)
There was a pleasantly enthusiastic response to jQuery in Action; lots of people with comments, reading the Early Access version, and lots of people looking forward to it. I'm feeling good about it!
There's nothing like putting faces to the IRC folks I talk to every day, the blogs I read, etc. There are also some old friends I'm looking forward to seeing again. Stephen Bristol, ReinH, Evan Phoenix, Jeremy McAnally, Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Dr Nic Williams, and so on. Leah (the wife) will be joining me at RubyConf too, so that's always a bonus -- and I know there are lots of people she's looking forward to seeing too.
Do drop me a line, or comment, if you'll be around. Would love to see everyone. Safe travels!