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)
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)
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
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.” 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)
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)
Come see a no-slides, code-only presentation that starts with a blank
directory and builds a data-driven, AJAX enabled, ASP.NET web application
from scratch that implements common AJAX patterns with the rich set of AJAX
Control Toolkit, accesses data with LINQ, and implements standards-based
styling and layout using CSS and clean HTML. Learn the new features of
ASP.NET 3.5 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and how they integrate together
to provide the world's most productive web development experience. This talk
uses the 100% free .NET Framework and Visual Studio tools and the resulting
application will work with all browsers, Safari, Firefox and of course IE.
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Speaker Bio: Brad Abrams is currently the Group Program Manager for the UI
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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)
As interest in mobile AJAX gathers in the wake of the Apple iPhone release,
the ICEfaces open source project is poised to deliver mobile AJAX solutions
today. Come to this presentation and find out why the server-centric nature
of the ICEfaces technology provides inherent advantages in the mobile space.
During the discussion you will get a brief overview of the ICEfaces
technology, and will see how it is applicable to resource-constrained mobile
devices. You will also see a live demonstration of a mobile ICEfaces
application running on both the Safari and Opera mobile browsers. Finally,
you will learn about some of the emerging best practices for mobile AJAX
application design, and get a a glimpse of the ICEfaces roadmap for mobile
Stephen Maryka, Chief Technical Officer at ICEsoft Technologies, leads the
development of all AJAX-based technologies... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global SOA technology
provider Active Endpoints named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's upcoming SOA
World Conference & Expo 2008 West, which will take place November 19-21,
2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley, in San Jose,
Active Endpoints (www.activevos.com) is the inventor of visual orchestration
systems. VOS empowers line of business project teams to create applications
using services and industry standards, making their businesses more agile and
effective. Active Endpoints’ ActiveVOS promotes mass adoption of
SOA-enabled applications by focusing on accelerating project delivery time
with a standards-based, easy to use system. ActiveVOS is the first
standards-based development and deployment system that permits enterprises
and developers to automate business processes, collaborate acr... (more)
realize it can drastically simplify Web app creation by letting you use using
the same technology stack on both the client and the server. While
10 years ago - times have significantly changed with 10x faster hardware and
networks, making that original vision for the Web now a reality.
This Fall at the 6th International AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo (October
20-22, 2008) in San Jose, CA, Ian Selby will be giving a session that no
In this session delegates will learn how to: Overcome common hurdles and
time by cutting out extra server-side code and processing scripts that are no
"Improve the user interface of old client-server applications and delight
your users while reducing the TCO," says Curl Chief Strategy Officer Jnan
Dash in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to
his session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose,
California (October 20-22, 2008). Dash feels the low hanging fruit for Web
2.0 deployment in the enterprise is called “RIA”.
Jnan Dash is the Chief Strategy Officer at Curl Inc. He spent ten years at
Oracle Corporation and was the Group Vice President, Systems Architecture and
Technology till 2002. He was responsible for setting Oracle's core database
and application server product directions and interacted with customers
worldwide in translating future needs to product plans.
View Jnan Dash with Curl Chief Scientist Bert Halstead Live on SYS-CON.TV
AJAX & RIA Journal: The C... (more)
"My mission has always been to bring excellence to the field of user
interface engineering," says Bill Scott, Director of User Interface
Engineering at Netflix, which has 8+ million users, in this Exclusive Q&A
with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to his session on October 20
at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22,
AJAX & RIA Journal: When asked to prove to doubters that user experience
matters, also to the bottom line of a company…what companies (in addition
to Netflix!) do you tend to reference?
BILL SCOTT: I love Pandora. Pandora is dead simple. You pick a song or artist
and immediately a radio station is built for you. The player is easy to use,
easy to rate songs and does a great job of integrating advertising into the
player space. The Pandora player and its companion iPhone application
demonstrate the pow... (more)