[Greasemonkey] Thanks for OSCON presentation
kirbyk at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 10:30:03 EDT 2005
Just dropping a quick note, since I see in the archives that people
were asking about the OSCON presentation. I've been curious about
greasemonkey, so decided to stop by, despite several other interesting
talks in that timeslot.
I was really impressed (and surprised) at how _easy_ it was. Aaron
gave a live demo on adding in a 'Kevin Bacon Number' to IMDB. (The
only talk I went to that actually wrote code on the fly.) Even over
the extremely flaky conference wireless, it worked smoothly, and left
me thinking, "Wow, I could do that."
Haven't yet, but I've got a few ideas to play with. I've used company
resources to print out a copy of Dive Into Greasemonkey. Now I've
just got to wrangle up a few spare hours and come up with something
stupid and cool.
The talk was definitely well recieved. Aaron came across as a hacker
who just wanted to do something nifty, and didn't quite believe how
successful his project was. Happy that other people think his toy is
cool, but a bit mystified at being asked to give a talk that people
would pay to see. Or the idea that greasemonkey could change the way
people use the web.
I think it's a very powerful piece of software. I'm personally a perl
super fun to develop in) - but greasemonkey can fit in extremely well
there. I can run a perl application on my site that does whatever
complex data munging I want, output it in a useful format, and then
have greasemonkey call it and paste the data into a website.
Anyway, good presentation, I can't wait to start playing with this stuff.
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