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"Each AJAX Approach Has Value," Sun's Burns Says

Sun's Ed Burns Speaks on "Ajax Done Right" Panel

Sun senior staff engineer Ed Burns (pictured) was featured on a panel called "AJAX Done Right" in San Francisco. He writes in his blog that he had some misgivings about what he termed the "confrontational" nature of the panel's title, because in his view "each approach has value and none of them have all the answers for all situations for doing AJAX."

Burns also notes in his recent blog entry that "with AJAX being hot and new and all, everyone wants to get a piece of the pie, do something cool, and get famous. (I'm certainly no exception)." This modern gold rush will, in his view, inevitably lead to overlap and even conflict among the different approaches to Ajax.

These concerns, of course, represent a top-level issue among members of the OpenAjax Alliance, created in February, and of which Sun is not yet a part. A recent interview with Real-World Ajax speaker  JohnCrupi of JackBe, for example, who attended recent OpenAjax Alliance meetings in San Francisco,  revealed his concerns about Ajax holding together and not becoming splintered along the lines of J2EE, a technology that Crupi was involved in when he was at Sun.

Meanwhile, in his latest entry Burns also mentions a number of people involved in Ajax today, as well as some specific ideas and approaches that are "bobbing around," in his words. As Burns also notes, "People tend to take critique of their creations personally...(but the different approaches are) a good thing because we can harvest all these great ideas in the upcoming JSF 2.0 spec."

Burns also said that he and Jacob Hookam "are putting forward our take on JSF and Ajax in the JavaServer Faces Technology Extensions Project," and that he'd discuss more about the future of that project in an upcoming blog entry.

Ed Burns' blog can be found at http://weblogs.java.net/blog/edburns/

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