Ten Ways To Take Advantage of Web 2.0
One of the questions I get asked fairly frequently is how people can leverage
Web 2.0 techniques in their applications and infrastructure today. Now that
it's getting more well known, more people seem to be actively interested in
making immediate, practical use of Web 2.0 ideas. For example, Microsoft is
getting ever increasing buzz about their Mix 06 conference, and ZDNet's David
Berlind has been raving about Mashup Camp, an event that will essentially
teach folks how to create new remixed applications like ZeroBars out of Web
services in literally a handful of minutes. For that matter, as a
cautionary note on how history repeated, read Berlind's great write-up on how
a newly mashed-up compatible Web 2.0 world will recreate the danger and
white-knuckle thrills of dealing with decentralized, hand-rolled PC software
just like ... (more)
At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling
network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors,
writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry
going next year?
Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and
of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how
it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale
- all that good stuff.
Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming
Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal
My predictions for 2006....
1. Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails
It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby.
Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like
Groovy ... (more)
I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
SYS-CON Events (www.events.sys-con.com) announced today that AJAXWorld
™ Conference & Expo 2007 West (www.ajaxworld.com) "Call For Papers"
and discoounted early bird registration are now open at the conference web
site through Friday, August 17, 2007.
AJAXWorld 2007 West will take place on September 23-26, 2007, at the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California, and will offer a new
dedicated "iPhone Track."
Another dedicated track will offer a comparative education opportunity for
conference delegates on emerging RIA tools, including a dimaond track on
OpenLaszlo, and sessions on Microsoft's Silverlight, and Sun's JavaFX.
Click Here - Discounted RegistrationClick Here - Submit Your Paper
Click Here - Sponsor AJAXWorld
The world’s leading Rich Internet Applications & Web 2.0 event is
expected to attract more than 2,000 i-technology devel... (more)
James Hamilton's Blog
I will be attending the Ajax World Conference next week in Santa Clara. I
will also be at the opening reception on Monday and the conference party on
Tuesday. Over the weekend Jesse Liberty blogged about this as well "If you
are going to be at AJAXWorld, look for me on Twitter, and let's see if we can
set up a meeting or a lunch."
Other faculty members, according to the Ajax World website, who will be at
these parties include:
Aaron Adams – Brian Albers – Danny Allan –
Christopher Allen – Sarah Allen – Deepak Alur –
Stefan Andreasen – John Andrews – Daniel Appelquist
– Jean-Francois Arcand – Erick Audet – Josh
Babetski – Alex Barnett – Jeremy Bartley – Robb
Beal – Phil Berkland – Robert Boedigheimer –
David Bo... (more)
From AIR to ZK, this is an alphabetical round-up of the fast moving-world of
application development tools and frameworks spawned ever since the
appearance of Google Maps, the canonical early RIA. The list includes AIR,
Appcelerator, ATF, Curl, Dojo, Echo, Eclipse RCP, Ext JS, Flex, Grails, GWT,
JavaFX, Kabuki, Nexaweb Enterprise Web 2.0 platform, Novulu, OpenLaszlo,
Prototype, Rico, Ruby on Rails, Seam, Silverlight, ThinWire, TIBCO GI, ULC,
WaveMaker, Yahoo! User Interface Library, Zend Framework, and ZK.
Editorial note: The words used to describe the various solutions are in every
case taken from the sites cited, so as ever we encourage developers in every
case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the tool in
question for themselves.
Omissions should be sent to ria (at) sys-con.com, and we will endeavor to
include them in a future revision of t... (more)
SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, founded in July 2008 as the world's first
publication devoted exclusively to the multiple issues involved in the
delivery of massively scalable IT resources as a service using Internet
technologies, has announced the appointment of Cloud Computing expert Alan
Williamson as Editor-in-Chief.
Williamson, widely recognized as an early Cloud expert, is a Sun Java
Champion and creator of OpenBlueDragon (an open source Java CFML runtime
engine). With many books, articles and speaking engagements under his belt,
Williamson was also the natural choice as Instructor of SYS-CON's upcoming
"Cloud Computing Bootcamp" in November (San Jose, CA).
The all-new Cloud Computing Journal is the latest in a series of leading-edge
additions to SYS-CON's 25-plus stable of online and print publications such
as Virtualization Journal, Web 2.0 Journal, AJAX &... (more)
Paolo Massa (pictured), founder of the AJAX Office project, writes: A few
days ago I got a phone call, it was Jason Stamper from London. He wanted to
know about my forecast: Ajax Office available in less than one year. The
article ended up in Computer Business Review and then got slashdotted. Wow, I
have never been slashdotted before.
But let me be clear about it: I opened a project called AjaxOffice on
Sourceforge because I was thinking about writing some code (I played with
I was thinking that a community would possibly gather around the project. In
the process I set up a wiki and start collecting many similar projects and
useful packages (some of them are Free Software). But I received many e-mails
saying that the project is just vaporware, that I just want to get credit for
Web 2.0 Design: The Ajax Spectrum
Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking with key people from two Ajax
providers, TIBCO General Interface's Kevin Hakman and Zapatec Ajax Suite's
Dror Matalan. Each company has two quite different approaches to designing
Ajax-enabled software and it highlighted an increasingly clear divide in the
way that people are thinking about online software. In these early days of
Web 2.0, the best methods of building applications are still more art than
science. But as the Ajax development tools mature they are falling into two
general approaches that have far reaching ramifications for Web 2.0 software
design, reuse, and adoption. Since these tools make architectural choices
that can cut different ways with long-term effect, it means Web 2.0 software
designers have to some weighty choices to make before they decide how to
One thi... (more)
JackBe CTO John Crupi will be presenting a session on Enterprise AJAX,
entitled "Focusing on the A(rchitecture) in AJAX," at AJAXWorld Conference &
Expo, next week at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA.
Crupi has extensive J2EE experience, which brings a historical perspective to
the current AJAX boom. During an exclusive podcast interview with SYS-CON
(the file for which is attached), Crupi said that his presentation will focus
on the deeper aspects of AJAX development, moving beyond just widgets for
widgets sake. The AJAX bandwagon is clearly full, Crupi acknowledges, and he
wants to be sure that enterprise IT developers who are considering AJAX, or
who are already working with it, take a disciplined approach that brings out
its true benefits to the organization.
Crupi also mentioned JackBe's presence in the OpenAjax Alliance, drew
parallels to th... (more)
Forms Authentication for ASP.NET is extremely powerful in that it lets you
quickly add a layer of security to your Web site. While the simplicity of
setup and implementation makes this form of authentication extremely
attractive, usability can sometimes be downright ugly. The core functionality
of Forms Authentication relies on redirects - first redirecting anonymous
requests to the login page, and then redirecting back to the originally
requested resource. Constant redirects not only annoy users, they can disrupt
your page logic. Mixing in some AJAX with your Forms Authentication will
quickly eliminate the need for most redirects, and the associated negative
Let's start out by first examining the behavior of forms authentication by
setting up a simple project. Setting up authentication is extremely easy
using Visual Studio 2005. Start by creating a new We... (more)