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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)

Google, Akamai, and VMware: Cloud Computing's Top Three?

What are the three companies expected to benefit most from the cloud computing boom? One answer would be Google, Akamai, and VMware - according anyway to the Rule Breakers newsletter run by the founder of The Motley Fool, Dave Gardner. "At Motley Fool Rule Breakers, we believe cloud computing will massively disrupt the desktop computing industry that came before it -- and we think three stocks, in particular, will profit handsomely from the shift," writes Tim Beyers, who adds: "Cloud computing is to storing and processing data what the electrical grid is to plugging in your television: a scalable way to deliver services while matching supply and demand across the grid." But SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal would most certainly add Amazon to the list of the heaviest heavy-hitters in cloud computing. In fact, right now there are as many as fifty companies highly activ... (more)

Where Are RIA Technologies Headed in 2008?

I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning? "Because they can only give you answers." Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application pioneers are thinking may be the next questions that we need to see answered. From that readers can themselves infer where AJAX is headed. What are the top questions to ask next about AJAX? Eric Miraglia of Yahoo! 1.  (From March'08) How do I calculate the ROI of building my RIA on the iPhone SDK vs using AJAX? 2.  How do I assess the performance of my app and decide what to do next to make it faster?  3.  When it comes to accessibility, how do I know what's required of me for my rich web apps?  Beyond what's required, what makes good business se... (more)

Real-World AJAX New York Conference Photo Album

The first one of the seminar series "Real-World AJAX" took place on Monday, March 13, 2006 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. More than 400 delegates -twice as many as initially projected- attended this inaugural event, with 15,000 SYS-CON.TV viewers tuning into the live simulcast. The following is the photo album of  the "Real-World AJAX" conference in New York City, March 13, 2006. Archived video presentations of this 12-hour event can be located at the conference website as well as SYS-CON.TV. Exclusive live SYS-CON.TV interviews with faculty members can be viewed here. Jeremy Geelan's SYS-CON.TV power panel participants left to right: Christophe Coenraets of Adobe, David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals.com, Bill Scott of Yahoo!, Dion Hinchcliffe of Sphere of Influence, and Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path. Christophe Coenraets of Adobe an... (more)

"Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar Arrives in Silicon Valley

The first "Real-World AJAX" event, held in New York City, featured 15 speakers in 11 sessions, including many of the the world's most renowned AJAX experts, and more than 400 delegates attended while more than 15,000 SYS-CON.TV viewers tuned into the simulcast on March 13, 2006. Backbase news blog called it "a great day, and certainly the first major Ajax Event in the World!" Today, just ten weeks on, SYS-CON Events' timely "Real-World AJAX" comes to Silicon Valley, to San Jose at its very heart, and the Faculty lineup is if anything even more stellar than it was in NYC, including Google's Adam Bosworth and Paul Rademacher, Yahoo!'s Eric Miraglia, Laszlo's David Temkin and the father of the term "AJAX" himself, Jesse James Garrett. “By now there isn't a software developer on earth who isn't aware of the collection of programming technologies known as AJAX,&rdquo... (more)

AJAX on Rails: An AJAXWorld Interview

View David's AJAXWorld Presentation: AJAX 0n Rails Dion Hinchcliffe: Welcome to SYS-CON TV. My name is Dion Hinchcliffe, I'm CTO with Sphere of Influence and editor-in-chief of the Web 2.0 Journal. I have with me today David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals and creator of Ruby on Rails. David, welcome and let me ask you, Ruby on Rails is one of the most exciting stories in the application AJAX server stack space. Could you tell us a little bit about what it is, why you created it, and what are its advantages? David Heinemeier Hansson: Ruby on Rails is what we call a full stack. A full stack meaning that it has all the components built in for doing most Web applications. Unlike a lot of other open source software, you don't have to cherry pick a lot of different packages. We try to deliver one solution in the sense of Apple delivering one solution that spans across mult... (more)

Real-World AJAX San Jose Conference Photo Album

Six of the Web's brightest and best minds - Google's Adam Bosworth (pictured here just before he shaved off his beard), Laszlo Systems founder David Temkin, coiner of the term 'AJAX' Jesse James Garrett, Paul Rademacher of HousingMaps.com and Google, Web 2.0 Journal editor-in-chief Dion Hinchcliffe and Microsoft MVP Sahil Malik - wrestled with a host of issues in the "AJAX Power Panel" that rounded off last night's sold-out "Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar event in San Jose, California. The following is the photo album of "Real-World AJAX" San Jose event, which took place on Monday, April 24, 2006 in San Jose, California. SYS-CON Group Publisher Jeremy Geelan inytroducing Jesse James Garrett, opening keynote speaker of the day Garrett delivering his keynote to the sold-out audience and standing room only delegates Christopher Conraets of Adobe Systems delivering hi... (more)

AJAX and the Spring Framework with TIBCO General Interface

Introduction Ajax Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) means many things to many people. However, one thing is certain: To users it implies a higher level of functionality and an improved experience. To the developer, another certainty follows: More work. The only question is how much work and to what end. There are at least three separate tracks to consider: Communications and messaging, user interface components, and client side scripting. Since in the Ajax world the server no longer sends down html to the browser, your developers need to agree on a message format. The user's expectations of a dynamic UI are high. They want a desktop experience and Web simplicity. You will need to develop or obtain components to meet many requirements: Legacy integration, micro-content, predictive fetch, drill down, visual effects, specialized and generic UI widgets. Finally, your... (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)

Converting Java into JavaScript Goes Mainstream As Google Web Toolkit Comes Out of Beta

After more than a million downloads, Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is no longer in beta. "This release includes several breakthroughs that make your compiled GWT code significantly smaller and faster," explains Bruce Johnson, GWT Engineering Manager. He continues: "Many users are reporting that after a simple recompile with 1.4, their applications are up to 30% smaller and 20%-50% faster. And startup time in particular is now highly optimized thanks to a new bootstrapping technique and the availability of image bundles. To see the new hotness in action, try visiting the new-and-improved Mail sample a few times. It's darn fast the very first time you visit it, but subsequent visits are insanely fast. That's because, in addition to a fast initial startup, GWT code uses a clever caching technique to prevent applications from making unnecessary HTTP requests. Johnson adds: "... (more)

IA and RIA - You Know More Than You Think You Do

For the last couple of years, there has been a lot of giddiness around the creation or Rich Internet Applications or RIAs. Their fluidity, animation and ability to present and manipulate large amounts of data makes them readily appealing to businesses that want to go beyond the linear processes that HTML web sites offer. They are becoming more common and the demand from clients is increasing. What’s the buzz about? In this session Travelocity's Principal Information Architect will share his experience and some things he has learned about RIAs that validated much of what he already knew. The session will discuss both process and dynamics. Polansky will look at how some things will stay the same and some things will be different. He’ll discuss some built-in advantages when it comes to planning and usability testing as well as give a few tips on things to help you work... (more)