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"Will the Term 'AJAX' Always Exist?" Oracle Evangelist To Ask at AJAXWorld 2007 East

Or will it just wither away, wonders Chris Schalk

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 will eventually support AJAX and the novelty of rich client Web development will disappear? That is the question to be discussed at AJAXWorld 2007 East by Chris Schalk (pictured), Principal Product Manager and Java Evangelist for Oracle's application server and development tools division.

Schalk's primary expertise is Web application development and he works to define the overall set of Web development features for Oracle JDeveloper including JavaServer Faces and ADF Faces. He also serves as Oracle's representative to the OpenAJAX Alliance, which will be in March 2007 continuing its tradition of organizing its biggest meetings to coincide with AJAXWorld, since so many of its 50 members companies will be represented at AJAXWorld as either sponsors, exhibitors, and/or speakers.

The OpenAjax Alliance fills the AJAX interoperability gap in the industry. Other standards organizations such as W3C develop standards focused on what building-block features browsers must support, such as HTML, CSS, DOM, SVG, and JavaScript/ECMAScript. The OpenAjax Alliance addresses a technology layer above these browser formats, where the alliance defines "OpenAjax" specifications and best practices such that multiple AJAX toolkits will coexist and interoperate with the same AJAX-powered application.

Membership
To date, more than 50 organizations have joined the OpenAjax Alliance, including:

Adobe
Ajaxian
American Greetings (AG/Interactive)
Backbase
BEA
Bling Software
Borland
Curl
Dojo Foundation
Eclipse Foundation
edge IPK
eLink Business Innovations
ENOVIA MatrixOne
Fair Isaac
Finetooth
The Front Side
Google
IBM
ICEsoft
Ikivo
ILOG
IN2
Innoopract
Intel
IT MILL
JackBe
Javeline
JWAX
Laszlo Systems
Merced Systems
Mozilla Corporation
Nexaweb
Nitobi
Novell
OpenLink Software
Openwave Systems
Opera
Oracle
Red Hat
SAP
Scalix
Seagull Software
Sitepen
Software AG
Sun Microsystems
Tibco
Vertex Logic
Vircom
Webtide
XML11
Zend Zimbra
Zoho

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