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Helmi Technologies Launches Open Source Rich Internet Application Platform for AJAX-Based RIAs

Works with existing development tools such as Eclipse and JBoss

"Where users see power, depth and elegance in Web 2.0 and AJAX applications, developers see complexity, skill-set gaps and implementation headaches," said Jorden Woods (pictured), CEO of Helmi in the U.S., as Helmi Technologies, Inc. today announced the launch of the first beta open source release for its RIA Platform v2.0.

"Until now, these issues restricted the use of RIA technology to either relatively modest functionality or to relatively forgiving, non-mission critical applications," Woods continued. "The Helmi Open Source RIA Platform extends the richness of these earlier approaches to the enterprise, while easing the developers' burden," he added.

As an open source release, Woods contends, Helmi's v2.0 RIA Platform makes it "easier than ever" for enterprises and developers to rapidly and cost-effectively create browser-independent AJAX RIAs.

It is available for Download at http://public.helmitechnologies.com/wiki/DownloadPage.

"AJAX is a key component in Web 2.0 architecture," commented AJAXWorld Conference speaker and president of Evans Data Corp, John F. Andrews. "The Helmi business model is geared toward making a necessary technology easier to adopt for a significant number of developers and speeding time to market development."

In a recent study of software developers using AJAX, Evans Data Corp found that 84% are writing simple Web applications and 37% are writing RIAs. Over one-third of the developers believe the number one barrier to AJAX adoption is lack of skills and almost 25% say browser compatibility is the key limitation, according to the study.

The Helmi Open Source RIA Platform, according to Helmi's Finnish-based CEO Juho Risku, delivers on the promise of Web 2.0:

"For the first time, client- and server-side engineers can create high performance applications because they can use the same components and communicate effectively through an object-oriented framework. This capability when combined with Helmi's patented browser independence, enables companies to cut development time by over 50 percent, while creating the fast, compelling and interactive experience that users want."

"Helmi allows enterprises and developers to deliver the best RIAs and web services that build customer loyalty and secure competitive advantages," Risku continued.

"Helmi's RIA Platform brings together a successful combination of great design and leading edge engineering that has been many years in the making. We're very excited to be offering this platform to the open source community, where we feel it rightly belongs," he added.

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