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One Great City, Two Great Keynotes, Three Intense Days, Eighteen Core Topics, Eighty-Five Content-Rich Sessions, Ninety-Eight Expert Speakers - what better way to summarize the 5th International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo than through this numerical whirlwind tour? Enjoy!    The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC One Great City The 5th International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo is being held in New York City, at The Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan.  Two Great Keynotes Douglas Crockford, Architect at Yahoo! and Creator of the JSON data interchange format DOUGLAS CROCKFORD Can We Fix The Web? The Web needs fixing. The standards and recommendations that define it were last revised in 1999, since when it has grown from a document retrieval system into an application delivery system. The current Web is overly complex, visually underpowered, and hopelessly insecure. It is now under ... (more)

How To Create a Reusable AJAX Library

This presentation by Kris Hadlock at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (March 19-21, 2007, New York City), is a comprehensive discussion on how to create a custom AJAX library or set of components that can be reused in any web application. Steps: The benefits of reusable AJAX components. The rapid development of a reusable AJAX engine. Connecting custom JavaScript objects to the AJAX engine. Rendering components from dynamic responses. Component integration into an existing web application 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 development firm, and is the cofounder of 33Inc alongside partner Robert Hoekman J... (more)

AJAXWorld 2007: Google's Chris Schalk To Ask, "Will AJAX Always Exist?"

With the continued evolution of AJAX-enabled technologies, which dramatically simplify how to build AJAX applications, will the term "AJAX" simply wither away as ALL Web technologies eventually come to support AJAX and the novelty of rich client Web development disappears? This is the question that will be asked by Google's Chris Schalk (pictured) in March at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East in New York. The leading Web 2.0 and RIA event will take place on March 19-21 2007 in New York's Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Schalk, a Tech Lead in the Developer API Evangelism group at Google, is also one of the original members of the OpenAjax Alliance. Prior to Google, he was a Principal Product Manager and Java Evangelist for Oracle's application server and development tools division. While at Oracle, Schalk worked to define the overall Web development experie... (more)

OpenAJAX Alliance Welcomes Microsoft at AJAXWorld Conference

OpenAJAX Alliance, an open industry collaboration dedicated to developing and expanding AJAX, today announced AJAXWorld Conference & Expo in New York City that its membership has grown to 72 with the addition of Microsoft Corporation and 30 other companies.   “Microsoft is joining the OpenAJAX Alliance to collaborate with other industry leaders to help evolve AJAX-style development by ensuring a high degree of interoperability,” said Keith Smith, group product manager of the Core Web Platform & Tools to UX Web/Client Platform & Tools team at Microsoft Corp. “By joining OpenAJAX, Microsoft is continuing its commitment to empower Web developers with technology that works cross-browser and cross-platform.” The newest OpenAjax Alliance members include: 24SevenOffice, ActiveGrid, ActiveState, Appeon, Aptana, Arimaan Global Consulting, Custom Credit ... (more)

OpenAjax CommunicationHub Problem Definition

OpenAjax Alliance has been growing well with over 70 members. The initial OpenAjaxHub received immediate community response - most are positive and a few responses were negative but turned out to be very helpful. Over ten Ajax offerings demonstrated support for OpenAjaxHub already (such as Apache XAP, Dojo, Nexaweb AjaxClient, Tibco, etc). Addressing the feedback received so far,  the upcoming release of OpenAjaxHub 1.0 in the next few months is going to be really good - tiny footprint (under 5KB), focused on interoperability and event propagation between Ajax widgets and highly functional . CommunicationHub is another part of the technical work that OpenAjax Alliance has been working on. The goal of CommunicationHub is to identify and propose solutions for communications related interoperability issues, eventually leading to the formation of a working group around... (more)

My Appearance in the "RIA Shootout" on SYS-CON.TV

Click here to view this program Hopefully you saw me during the RIA Shootout that was held live yesterday from the Times Square TV Studio in the Reuters building. The panel discussion was all about RIAs, the future of RIAs, AJAX, where it's all headed and what the landscape looks like. In attendance were Java folks, a representative from Adobe who works in the Flex division, an open source advocate, Coach Wei (the founder of the OpenAJAX alliance and CTO/Founder of Nexaweb), and Roger Strukhoff, SYS-CON Publisher, who hosted and moderated the event. Oh, and me. I was there too :) I found the entire event to be surreal, like an out of body experience. I'd never been in a make-up chair before, and I'm really an "in the trenches" kind of developer - I've never much aspired to be on TV, but I also won't turn down the chance to discuss things that I am passionate about wi... (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 AJAXWorld Conference & Expo ... (more)

Kapow Technologies Named "Gold Sponsor" of AJAXWorld Conference & Expo

Kapow Technologies is a market leader in Mashup Serving, Feed Serving and Web Scraping software that enables companies to deploy content-intensive applications, such as enterprise mashups and Web 2.0 services, at a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional software methods. Because of these benefits combined with the company's patented, unique visual scripting approach, Kapow Technologies is one of the fastest- growing software firms in the world, with more than 200 customers including Global 2000 firms such as AT&T, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, CSFB, Intel, Vodafone, U.S. Army, Audi and DHL. The company also serves Web 2.0 startups including SimplyHired and Momondo. Partners such as BEA Systems, IBM and Oracle make Kapow Technologies their top choice for projects including data collection, content migration, as well as the enablement of mobile applicat... (more)

Adobe AIR, Google Gears, Slingshot... The Fat Client Is Back!

The need to support off-line capabilities has driven some RIA providers back to the fat client platform. For example, Adobe AIR, Google Gears, and Slingshot are all examples of this trend. The fat client offers a lot of advantages over RIA technologies such as AJAX, but there are also some serious drawbacks. Is history repeating itself? Will the surge of interest in fat clients be disruptive to the Web and RIA technologies? This presentation will examine those possibilities and provide advice on when, if ever, developers should use Fat Client technology. Speaker Bio: Over 14 years of professional experience in enterprise application development, writing, and analysis. Sr. Analyst for Burton Group covering Java, RIA, open source, and mobile application development. Member of the JCP Expert Committee, member of EJB 2.1, EJB 3.0, and J2EE 1.4 JCP Expert Groups. Archite... (more)

How to Build Rich Internet Applications with Laszlo Webtop

Today’s Internet usage patterns suggest there’s a growing demand for delivering Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) into a seamless, integrated, contextual user experience. Laszlo recognizes this growing vision, offering Webtop 1.2 to enhance application integration through its desktop-in-a-browser framework. In this presentation, Sarah Allen, Laszlo's director of application development, will demonstrate how to take a standalone RIA, developed using OpenLaszlo, and integrate it into the Laszlo Webtop environment. Come learn about the Webtop architecture and the various ways that developers can programmatically extend and integrate it, while adding business value. Attendees will learn first-hand how they can use existing RIA and Java development skills to build these browser-based desktops with multiple, integrated applications. Speaker Bio: Sarah Allen is... (more)

Introducing OpenAjax Hub 1.0

The OpenAjax Alliance is an organization of leading vendors, open source projects, and companies using AJAX that are dedicated to the successful adoption of open and interoperable AJAX-based Web technologies. This article introduces the alliance's first major technical product, OpenAjax Hub 1.0. The OpenAjax Hub is a set of standard JavaScript that, when included with an AJAX-powered Web application, promotes the ability for multiple AJAX toolkits to work together on the same page. The central feature of the OpenAjax Hub is its publish/subscribe event manager (the "pub/sub manager"), which enables loose assembly and integration of AJAX components. With the pub/sub manager, one AJAX component can publish (i.e., broadcast) an event to which other AJAX components can subscribe, thereby allowing these components to communicate with each other through the Hub, which acts... (more)