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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)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

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 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)

Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology?

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)

AJAXWorld Conference $250 Gold Pass Savings to Expire Friday, August 17

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)

Come and Have Beer with Me at AJAX World

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)

An A to Z for the RIA Era

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)

Alan Williamson Named Editor-in-Chief of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal

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)

Sun-Google: What's It All Mean? "Really Disruptive," Says Founder of the AJAX Office Project

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 Javascript and the DOM model and you can create magic and this is easy enough). 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 somethin... (more)

Web 2.0 Design: The Ajax Spectrum

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 proceed. One thi... (more)

JackBe's John Crupi Urges Discipline with AJAX in the Enteprise

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 with a Twist of AJAX

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 effects. 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)