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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)

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)

Did You Get the Web 2.0 Memo?

No, you did not miss the memo or a software upgrade notice. Yet you’ve already arrived at Web 2.0. The “upgrade” from Web 1.0 to the new Web 2.0 world has been an evolutionary process, continually driving the Web to be more interactive, useful, and interesting for consumers and the business community. The evolution from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 has been about improvements in the Web “experience” – from that of simply browsing static content and graphic images that display upon request, to an all-new highly interactive, programmable, and much more useful Web. Oh, and also a much more dangerous place as well. Back in the early 1990s, our Web usage resembled that of a visit to a library in search of information or data. And as far we know, rarely has anyone ever been attacked by a book in a library. In the new Web 2.0 world, however, ... (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)

The Four "Quantum States" of AJAX

Uh oh! Here comes yet another technology buzzword. This time it’s “AJAX”. In addition to being a household cleaner, a character from Greek mythology, and the name of a European soccer club, AJAX is Asynchronous communication, JavaScript, and XML. These technologies, which are already present in your browser, make it possible to retrieve information without refreshing a Web page. Citing Google’s use of AJAX, the Wall Street Journal noted recently that AJAX represents “a big step toward the Holy Grail of having the kinds of speed and responsiveness in Web-based programs that’s usually associated only with desktop software.”[1] And increasingly, developers, entrepreneurs, and industry analysts are grasping the opportunities that AJAX presents. So what’s all the excitement? The need and desire to provide richer functional... (more)

Will "Mobile AJAX" Dominate Web 2.0?

In this article, which focuses on the impact of Ajax on mobile application development only (i.e. he does not discuss Ajax in general), SOA Web Services Edge speaker Ajit Jaokar contends that - since his e-mail, calendar and other applications are on the web, and he can store all my documents on the web, all he needs is a browser. "One client to rule them all! Thus, today I would use a ‘browser-only PC’," he adds. Earlier this year, I published an article called AJAX for Mobile Devices Will Be the Hallmark of "Mobile Web 2.0" in 2006. It created quite a stir .. and I am thankful for all the feedback. Specifically, I would like to thank C Enrique Oritiz , Thomas Landspurg , Paul Golding and Jan Standal (Opera) for their feedback. Special thanks go to Paul Golding for brainstorming some of the ideas in this article with me. I did not intend to write a follo... (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)

AJAXWorld 2007 East Keynote by Bret Taylor of Google Maps

Bret Taylor (pictured), the original author of the Google Maps JavaScript front end and the Google Maps API, will be giving the March 20 Morning Keynote at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East in New York City. Taylor, currently Senior Product Manager for Developer Programs at Google, will be addressing the audience of developers, architects, IT managers, CXOs, VCs, analysts, business/technology journalists gathered in the Grand Ballroom of The Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan, the historic venue for the biggest Web 2.0, RIA, and AJAX event anywhere on the East coast this year. Taylor, who also created "Ajax Cookbook" at www.ajaxcookbook.org, because he saw a void in the information about AJAX programming available on the web, was previously the Product Manager for Google Maps and Google Local for two years. The other keynotes at AJAXWorld 2007 East are being gi... (more)

How to Create a Multi-User Server-Side Engine for AJAX

Learn how to create a multi-user server-side engine to truly leverage the asynchronous nature of the XMLHTTP Request. (1) The theory behind the server-side process. (2) Building a multi-user application: • Creating a client-side request model. • Developing a server-side engine that responds based on certain database-driven events. • Handling the asynchronous response. Speaker Bio: Kris Hadlock has been a contract Web developer and designer since 1996. He is the author of AJAX for Web Application Developers (Sams, October 2006) and a featured columnist and writer for numerous Web sites and design magazines. He is also the founder of Studio Sedition, a Web firm specializing in custom Web site design and development strategies. You can find all of the above and more about Kris on his company Website at www.studiosedition.com. AJAXWorld Conference & Expo ... (more)

Scaling Web Apps to Meet the iPhone Challenge

Demystify what it takes to build a web application that can scale to the millions of users in the iPhone ecosystem. Learn about the need for pre-development architecture and the requirements for the deployment and ongoing maintenance environment for the applications. In this session we will discuss real-world examples of how good ideas can go completely wrong. Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Speaker Bio: Guy Naor is CTO of Morph Labs, Inc. A veteran of the technology world, building and implementing software solutions since 1981, in his most recent role he served as CTO of Famundo, a Web 2.0 start-up. Prior to that, he led the development of Goldmine software for four years and has served as an advisor and a consulting architect on a variety of Web 2.0 products. ... (more)

iPhone in Action: Web Development or SDK?

There are two distinct ways to develop applications for Apple's iPhone, the top tech gadget of the year. Programmers can choose to create optimized web applications using web languages, or to write native programs using the iPhone SDK. Rather than seeing this as an either-or proposition, developers should consider the choice a continuum and pick the right tool to create each individual program. With iPhone web applications, programmers can enjoy all the advantages of the Internet, including ease of development and deployment, speed of updating, and off-line server access. Meanwhile, with iPhone native applications, programmers can immerse themselves in a sophisticated development environment, dig deep into an object-oriented language, and access the iPhone's built-in utilities, like its accelerometers and its GPS. This talk will highlight the advantages and disadvan... (more)