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"What's fueling the interest in RIA?" asked Regev Yativ, President & CEO of Magic Software Enterprises in the Americas, at the beginning of his session at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in NYC last month. The answer is the growth of broadband, Yativ said, which has made the Internet more popular now in the USA than even TV. It is what fueled the explosion known as Web 2.0, and ended "surfing the web" to be replaced by Googling and Twittering and Facebooking. This Web 2.0 frenzy has brought with us an explosive growth in Web 2.0 functionality, Yativ noted. And this in turn has created new expectations for business apps. Web applications now have to have richer interfaces and unlimited access. Mobility has become key. Users want complete business functionality, and practical solutions for business pain. "A real business platform in the Web 2.0 age must provide soluti... (more)

Web 2.0 and SOA Power Panel on SYS-CON TV

Web 2.0 and SOA Power Panel on SYS-CON TV One of the more intersting trends I'm seeing in software is the rapid move towards simpler services like RSS and REST for connecting systems of all kinds together.  It's not that SOAP and WS-* aren't terrific, but they can be much harder to use and often require white-robed experts to apply properly.  George Morimisato, one of the co-authors of the SSE standard has been quoted as saying "the chance of a standard being adopted is inversely proportional to its complexity."  And folks, some of our SOA technologies are just too unwieldy. I've... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Is Web 2.0 the Global SOA?

The subject of Web 2.0 has become profoundly important over the last year. Web 2.0 describes the next generation of the Web as an application platform where most of a user's software experience resides. The subject is somewhat controversial, but it's becoming ever more apparent as the successor to monolithic system architecture, prepackaged software, and traditional Web applications. Software as a Service (SAAS) and Web as Platform are only two of the larger mantras of Web 2.0 that most of the major software vendors have begun to embrace recently. Yet not only is Web 2.0 still v... (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)

Exadel Announces AJAX Support for JSF

Exadel, Inc. announced AJAX support through its new version of Exadel Studio 3.5. Asynchronous JavaScript And XML, or AJAX, is a Web development technique for creating interactive Web applications, that is gaining widespread attention from the development community. Because AJAX applications inevitably involve running complex JavaScript code on the client, developers need tools and frameworks that help with efficiency and accuracy. "One of the biggest obstacles to AJAX adoption, a technology we believe has a great deal of promise, is tooling," said Richard Monson-Haefel, senior a... (more)