There is a podcast at the Ajaxian blog with Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer, entitled the Audible Ajax. They talk about the State of Ajax and address the following issues:
IE8 and standards – they are so grateful for anything that Microsoft puts in IE8 that get closer to standards that is positively embarrassing to listen to
Acid3 testing – they are skeptical that this is a valid and useful test
Fluid and GreaseKit – they are intrigued by possibilities here
The meaning of the Open Web – they are resigned to division and thus pragmatic about the nature of the Open Web – “if Silverlight had real innovation I would consider chaining myself to the Microsoft platform”. And they reconsider Java for Web applications but alas Sun has no money.
Hear it all here.