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)
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.
RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors
Director of Web Technologies, Sun
Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)
SYS-CON's SOA World Conference & Expo, colocated with AJAXWorld RIA
Conference & Expo, held on June 22-23, 2009, in New York City, featured
parallel content-rich tracks reflecting the worldwide adoption of the
distributed computing paradigm, in which web services are deployed through
specific service-oriented architectures.
The two content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions,
keynotes, General Sessions, breakout sessions, and industry panels led by
exceptional speakers. Enjoy the photo album of the show.
More Than 60 Companies Sponsored or Exhibited at Cloud Computing Expo New
York April 2009
Cloud Computing Conference & Expo West and East (past two events) were
sponsored by more than 60 leading global cloud computing technology
providers, including: 3Tera, Active Endpoints, AppSense, AppZero, Aria
Systems, CA, Inc., Certeon, Cloud.com, Compos... (more)
The publicity that AJAX grabbed over the last half a year is based on closing
the gap between the Web applications and the desktop applications, combining
the "reach" and "rich." At the same time, the gap between the technological
level of AJAX and what corporate developers expect in their modern arsenal is
really astonishing. After all, AJAX is neither a tool nor a platform. There
is no AJAX standards committee or community process in place. While software
vendors are crafting proprietary development platforms on top of AJAX (which
pretty much means "from scratch"), early adopters of AJAX are left on their
In Part 1 (JDJ, Vol. 10, issue 9) we touched on the foundation of AJAX - the
ability to establish script-to-server communication. This is what makes HTML
pages dynamic and responsive. Does it mean we are ready to kick-off our own
version of Yahoo mail? No, ... (more)
I had an interesting discussion on the phone today with Yoram Meriaz, CEO
of MB Technologies, and maker of the remarkable Bindows AJAX framework. As
AJAX becomes more mainstream, organizations have become increasingly
interested in taking advantage of rich, interactive, zero-footprint Web-based
As most of you know, AJAX requires no special plug-ins, administrator rights,
software installation, or practically anything other than the URL of where it
comes from. And as I've been tracking the products in this space, Bindows
has repeatedly bubbled up to the top of the list.
The first thing that attracted me to Bindows was the crisp feel of the
resulting software. The detail and complexity of the user experiences that
Bindows creates is amazing, all without sacrjficing clarity of the
interface. To see why I mean, try out this Bindows demo application, wh... (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)
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
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)
There is now a spectrum of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies -
including Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight, and Curl - that go
beyond the traditional functionality that AJAX provides. These platforms
provide distinct benefits for moving complex desktop and client-server
applications to the Web.
An independent study by Sonata Software compared the performance and ease of
development of applications using Curl, AJAX, and Flex, highlighting
strengths and weaknesses of each platform This session will look at the
application characteristics that developers should consider before choosing a
platform, as well as provide specific examples of the interactivity and
performance that these platforms offer.
Speaker Bio: Bert Halstead is the chief architect of Curl, Inc., and a
founding member of the Curl technical team. Previously, he was a research
View Full Conference Schedule Here
On Monday October 20 in San Jose, California, the top Rich Internet
Applications event of the Fall opens its doors: the 6th International AJAX
World RIA Conference & Expo, with top industry keynotes from Microsoft's
Silverlight supremo Scott Guthrie and Adobe's Chief Technology Officer, Kevin
Lynch, headlining a lineup of speakers that includes some of the finest front
end engineers, UI experts, user experience specialists, and software industry
innovators anywhere in the world.
There will be a Full Expo Floor for two of the event's three days
Delegates to the 6th International AJAXWorld will be able to join Guthrie as
he discusses how Microsoft is contributing to help move the Web forward via a
commitment to standards development and Rich Internet Applications - and
learn from him how Silverlight, AJAX and media all enable a whole n... (more)
"The economy might be cooling down, but the RIA market is definitely heating
up," declared Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz recently in his widely-read
industry blog. Schwartz was writing as Sun shipped its 100,000,000th JavaFX
runtime - a download rate that makes it the fastest growing RIA platform on
the market and demonstrating the fastest adoption of any product Sun has ever
"What you can do with Flash is comparable to Silverlight, and again
comparable to JavaFX," Schwartz noted, adding:
"That said, must you use JavaFX or Flash or Silverlight to be a part of the
rich internet future? Well, no - Apple used Objective-C for the iPhone, after
all, completely discrediting the purist notion that if the app isn't written
with a web scripting language, it isn't fashion forward."
Schwartz underlined the happy fact that the 100,000,000 milestone was reached
just in tim... (more)
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
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)