Cocoon supports Ajax

23 02 2006

Ajax v. InterNo, I’m not referring to Ajax as in Asynchronous Javascript and XMLApache Cocoon has actually been supporting Ajax for quite a long time — but to Ajax as the football team from Amsterdam.

The reason why I’m putting Cocoon supports Ajax in the title of this post is that yesterday a bunch of Apache Cocoon developers (including three committers) went to the Amsterdam Arena to show their support for the home team in the Champions League football match against Inter F.C.

(If you thought that I, as an Italian, should have supported Inter, think again.)

Ajax, with a young and unexperienced lineup, started off briskly and hit Inter twice, with Huntelaar and Rosales in the first 20 minutes. We were cheering together with the other 49,000 people at the Arena, but our enthusiasm lasted only until the beginning of the second half, when Stankovic scored a lucky hit and then, just four minutes before the end of regular time, Julio Cruz (ex-Feyenoord) equalized for Inter from a short distance, thanks to an illuminating pass by Figo and then Cambiasso.

All in all, it was a nice match but I think Ajax has little hope of going through, having to win against Inter in Milan in two weeks: hardly probable. I also managed to shoot a fair number of good photographs (including two of the goals) and finally resolved to upgrade my Flickr account to “pro” level in order to be able to upload most of them. You can see the results in my Ajav vs. Inter set. I must say that my Panasonic DMC-FZ20 performed very well, thanks to its long zoom lens and incredibly useful image stabilizer.

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