This past week at JavaOne in San Francisco was very interesting. If you did as I did and went by the topics listed in the Session Catalog, you would have seen that Ajax and Web 2.0 were amongst the hot topics. If you then went to most of the Ajax and Web 2.0 sessions, as I did, you would have been very dissappointed.
Many presenters were also quite happy to show sample HTML and then happily display, even brag about, their near total ignorance of HTML.
My only logical conclusion from all of this is a massive case of ego and arrogance.
I have been a software developer for over 30 years. When I started a "debugger" was a person, not a program. Your editor was an IBM 029 keypunch machine. Your "advanced" language was FORTRAN IV.
Just my $0.02
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Some professionals may be very professional in their domain, but very unprofessional concerning things they don't understand, or things they don't even care to try seriously. The wrong people were presenting Ajax pretending they knew it all. They'll always be pro-this, and anti-that. Pro-struts, anti-struts. Pro-Ajax, anti-Ajax... You've met the anti-ajax ones Don't bother about what they say. Try it yourself and evaluate how cool/bad it is.