The presentation by Evin Grano and Mike Ball demonstrated how SproutCore has matured, what you can do with it on the iPad (touch!), and then they topped it all off by revealing a SproutCore interface builder tool called Greenhouse that was a real crowd pleaser. The presentation showed the audience that you can indeed build feature rich and fast desktop-like applications within a web browser that can rival an application written based on traditional languages and frameworks.
Dmitry Baranovskiy presentation on his Raphael framework was also another crowd favorite. In just 45 minutes, this dude laid down the hammer that you can indeed create expressive vector graphics and smoothly animate them in a web browser with a cross-compatible and intuitive API. I think everyone in the audience was floored. I know I was. To top it all off, Dmitry created his awesome framework as a side project while commuting to and from work. I mean, seriously? I need to get better. *sigh*.
As a final parting thought, I have come to a second prediction, perhaps a much bolder predication, and it’s this: Adobe’s Flash, Microsoft’s Silverlight, and, to a much lesser extent, Oracle’s JavaFX, they will all become less and less significant in the future of the web due to the combination of open technologies like SproutCore, Raphael, and HTML 5. Proprietary technologies no more!