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Thinking in Web 2.0: Sixteen Ways With apologies to Bruce Eckel, I sat down this afternoon and put together a draft list of the first-order elements of Web 2.0 thinking.  It's not that I have the hubris to consider this list official in any way but it should be a serviceable starting point for debate, discourse, and reference.  I'd also like to give credit to Jeremy Zawodny for his write-up pointing me to Tom Coat's excellent presentation notes from his Future of Web Apps talk which partially inspired this effort.  I think both of them have really solid source material.  But they still don't quite capture a complete high-level picture of the ingredients, forces, and decisions that have to go into thinking about, using, and building complete Web 2.0 software experiences. That simple fact is that creating software of any kind is hard work.  And creating good software is... (more)

Fueling the Next-Generation Web Keynote Live from AJAXWorld

Behind the smoke and mirrors of the Internet's infrastructure, behind its "green curtain," what is really going on? In a world where millions of new users join the network every week, are we dealing with a revolution or evolution? These and other questions are addressed by Robert Brewin in his keynote address. You'll hear about the emergence of the interactive Web experience and how it has driven technological change across all Web applications.  He provides a peek at the evolution of the rich connected client experience and a glimpse into what’s required in future networks... (more)

Rich Internet Applications vs AJAX: "2008 Will Be A Crucial Year"

While AJAX, as XML co-inventor Tim Bray puts it, "tries to do everything in the browser using just what the browser ships with," RIA frameworks like Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight, and JavaFX aim to take developers beyond the limitations of the browser. "I'm not brave enough to predict who wins," Bray noted in a SYS-CON.com feature earlier in the year, "but I do predict that 2008 will be a crucial year; either RIAs enter the mainstream, or they start to smell like a red herring left in the sun." Bray's predictions came in the feature "Where's AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed... (more)

The AJAX Year In Review

Ajax has been the other big software story of 2005, along with Web 2.0.  An optional ingredient to Web 2.0 software, Ajax has changed the perception of Web-based software as being horribly clunky, page-oriented, and boring when compared to native computer applications.  Ajax describes a set of techniques that makes Web software quite the opposite.  A quick visit to Google Maps and its live scrollable map tiles or NetVibes and its drag-and-drop reorganization of your personal data both show how potent and compelling Ajax techniques really are. I originally covered the current stat... (more)

Web 2.0 and the Five Walls of Confusion

Web 2.0 and the Five Walls of Confusion I was reading the coverage of MashupCamp on Tech.Memeorandum today and I came across Adam Greene's coverage of one of the sessions.  He was complaining a bit about the cognitive dissonance he was encountering trying to comprehend the data flows in Edgeio, Michael Arrington's prominently covered new Web 2.0 startup.  Specifically, his concern was that the average person would almost never be able to sort out what was really happening, even though Edgeio is specifically designed for the "blog garden" of relatively average users. Unfortunately, ... (more)