A major milestone in WebGUI 8 development was reached this week: A dry-run of the WebGUI 8 upgrade was successfully run against the plainblack.com database. This means the only thing remaining from releasing an alpha 8.0.0 is updating all the custom code on http://plainblack.com and http://webgui.org. As always, plainblack.com and webgui.org will be the first sites running the latest bleeding-edge version of WebGUI (unless one of you wants to beat me to the punch).
This month, I also gave a presentation to Madison.PM about building applications in WebGUI 8, a quick introduction to Assets and an overview of the most important changes to how they work. The slides are available at http://preaction.github.com/ and the code samples are linked at the end.
On an unrelated topic, I really enjoyed using S5 to build my slides, SHJS to highlight the code inside, and Github Pages to host the whole thing. I plan on doing the same for all my presentations: They look good, readable without a special program, editable without a special program, anyone can fork and update my presentations, and they're served by a nice, fast, free host.