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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)

The Biggest-Selling Smartphone in July? The iPhone – What Else?

iPhone Developer Track at AJAXWorld Offers Unique Lineup   "It's likely that the speed of the iPhone's rise to competitive dominance in its segment is unprecedented in the history of the mobile-handset market," said a report by research group iSuppli yesterday, as it was revealed that Apple's iPhone outsold every other type of smartphone in the United States in July. For a phone in its very first full month on sale, that is pretty good going. The online consumer survey by iSuppli involved 2 million participants in the United States. Not even RIM's best-selling BlackBerry could beat out the iPhone, nor the entire Palm range. Motorola, Nokia, Samsung - none of the giants could match the Cupertino, CA-based company's performance right out of the gate. iSuppli further predicted that Apple sales of iPhone may reach 4.5M by the end of the year. iPhone at AJAXWorld Conference ... (more)

Bringing RIAs into the Enterprise: New Challenges, New Solutions

Those startups have it easy. Okay, startups don't have it easy where products, funding, customers, or revenue are concerned. But when it comes to building slick AJAX applications, if you're an enterprise developer, you have a lot more to worry about than they do. This article discusses the challenges to developing AJAX applications in the enterprise environment, how to adapt to handle those challenges, as well as ways you can avoid some challenges altogether through your choice of technologies. Key Differences Between Startup Development and Enterprise Development Let's begin by asking, "Why do startup AJAX developers have a leg up on enterprise developers?" There are two reasons: 1.  Startup applications are, by definition, new, or "green-field," projects: there are no old internal databases, code, infrastructure, business rules, or data center rules to deal with. In... (more)

An Introduction to AJAX with Ross Dargahi and Satish Dharmaraj

Developers from around the world logged in today via http://webcast.sys-con.com and enjoyed a high-level webinar from Ross Dargahi and Satish Dharmaraj devoted to AJAX, the technology whose name was coined just 7 months ago but which has in fact been available for a great deal longer, even though it is only today that it is picking up speed...fast. Coined by Jesse James Garrett, what AJAX does was nonetheless already available to developers, via a 'poor man's remote procedure' (RPC), years ago. Ross Dargahi and Satish Dharmaraj explained that AJAX is a combination of technologies available in most modern browsers (Firefox, Netscape 7, IE5 and above, etc). The webinar covered all the elements of AJAX, including XMLHttpRequest which was invented by Microsoft and has been available since IE4.0. Those attending learned how AJAX enables the development of apps with "desk... (more)

i-Technology Predictions for 2007: Where's It All Headed?

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. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 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 rem... (more)

Ruby on Rails Won't Make It in 2007 and Forget About AJAX

Yakov Fain's Java Blog We are approaching 2007and  I'll try to predict what's going to happen in the IT world. 1. Open sourcing Java won't matter - it's a non-event. 2. Ruby and Ruby on Rails won't make it in 2007 either. I still do not see a compelling reason to switch. 3. AJAX hype is stronger than I thought mainly because of the life support offered by frameworks like GWT. But still, I'm not going to recommend enterprise IT shops make any serious investments in AJAX. 4. We are going to see some interesting competition in the RIA arena between Adobe's Flex and Microsoft's WPF/E. Adobe has more mature technology, while Microsoft is an established player among enterprise developers. I won't be surprised if Adobe will dramatically drop the licensing fees for their Flex Data Services. 5. Java remains the best choice for server-side enterprise development, but it won... (more)

An AJAXWorld Look at The Rise and Rise of Enterprise AJAX and RIAs

It has come a long, long way since February 2005 when Jesse James Garrett coined the now universally used term for it: the rise and rise of 'AJAX' has been meticulously reflected in the pages of SYS-CON Media's magazines and web sites. We take an end-of-year look at its first 22 months. February 2005 Garrett, President and a founder of Adaptive Path, writes his seminal essay offering a new approach to Web applications, goes away on vacation, and comes back a week later to a mountain of e-mail from around the world asking for more details about this new way of thinking about the architecture of web applications using certain technologies like CSS, DOM, and XMLHttpRequest.  January  2006 SYS-CON announces that the world's first-ever full One-Day AJAX Seminar, "Real-World AJAX," has already attracted a full complement of sponsors.  February 2006 AJAXWorld Magazine is conceiv... (more)

How and Why AJAX, Not Java, Became the Favored Technology for Rich Internet Applications

Several of Bruce Tate’s books focused on the flaws in Java and the need to let go of some of the ideas that haven’t worked out. And blogs like this and this have been appearing more frequently. And of course there’s Steve Jobs now-famous quote (referring to the iPhone): “Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain.” This backlash has only been necessary because of Sun’s death grip on the idea of ubiquitous, omniscient Java. It was admirable once, but a language only evolves if its designers and advocates can acknowledge problems. Pretending that a language is successful in places where it’s not is just denial. Some adaptations have occurred. Finally admitting that EJBs have cost the world enormously, the EJB3 team took lessons from Hibernate and Spring, but n... (more)

AJAXWorld Conference Adds "iPhone Developer Track"

SYS-CON Events announced today that the AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West, which will take place on September 23-26, 2007, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California will offer a new dedicated "iPhone Track." Another dedicated track will offer a comparative education opportunity for conference delegates on emerging RIA tools such as Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX. The world’s leading Rich Internet Applications & Web 2.0 event is expected to attract more than 2,000 i-technology developers. AJAXWorld grew from a single track, one-day seminar, less than a year ago, into a four-day international conference & expo with more than 150 sessions delivered in ten simultaneous tracks, by more than 150 faculty members. Track 01: Rich Internet Applications Track 02: Web 2.0 Enterprise Mashups Track 03: Enterprise AJAX Applicat... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing 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. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Fujitsu Named "Gold Sponsor" of SOA World Conference & Expo

Ranked by Gartner as a leader in the Application Infrastructure Software market, Fujitsu helps companies build SOA-enabled BPM applications that can be shared across the enterprise to lower operating costs, accelerate business processes, and react quickly to changing market requirements. Fujitsu's BPM Suite, Interstage Business Process Manager, brings business and IT professionals together to design, simulate, automate, analyze, and optimize business processes. Together with CentraSite, Fujitsu's standards-based SOA registry and repository, Fujitsu helps companies take a process-driven approach to SOA. This top-down approach allows for collaboration on translating real business models into optimized, executable business processes while letting an organization reuse their existing Visio process maps, IT infrastructure and other SOA assets to reduce operational costs ... (more)