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AJAX-Supported Nexaweb Platform 4.5 Released

New Features Include Build-Once-Deploy-Anywhere Universal Client Framework and Section 508 Accessibility Compliance

Nexaweb announced the availability of Nexaweb Platform 4.5. Version 4.5 builds on the success of earlier editions by delivering the industry's first EW2.0 solution in compliance with Section 508 Accessibility, the only universal client framework supporting both AJAX and Java, and enhanced integration support with data services and relational databases.

Section 508 Accessibility, an amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act created to eliminate barriers in IT for people with disabilities, is now a critical component for enterprises that work with the Federal market and is mandated for software used by the public sector. Compliance with this requirement is achieved through user interface (UI) controls interfacing with the Java accessibility package in Nexaweb's Java client. This enables applications to be designed with automatic screen reader-ready capabilities to ensure operability for disabled users.

"The key to staying ahead of the curve in the rapidly growing enterprise Web 2.0 market is to accurately anticipate the needs of businesses, developers and end-users," said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink. "To this end, Nexaweb has successfully identified SOA, Web services, database integration, and rich Internet application capabilities provided by AJAX, Java, and .NET as key focus areas for its new Platform 4.5 release. In addition, the new Section 508 Accessibility is not only a competitive differentiator in the financial services and public sector markets, but it also demonstrates Nexaweb's commitment to meeting the evolving needs of end users and regulatory bodies."

Nexaweb Platform, which is comprised of Nexaweb's Universal Client Framework (UCF), Internet Messaging Bus and Enterprise Data Services, was designed from the ground up to simplify the development and deployment of EW2.0 applications. Nexaweb's enhanced Web services support provides a universal data format that unites information distributed between business critical applications running on various operating systems, platforms and development languages.

It allows developers to set up Web services calls, either declaratively or programmatically, using industry protocols and architectural approaches including SOAP and REST. With UCF, enterprise customers are able to leverage their existing IT assets, including legacy systems, to build rich, reliable and secure business applications that can be deployed in any browser, anytime, over any network using AJAX or Java.

"Aberdeen's research has found that composite applications can be built and implemented with Web services and SOA standards even if the organization has yet to fully develop an SOA," said Peter S. Kastner, Research VP for technology integration at Aberdeen Group. "Two-thirds of our recent survey respondents view improving services to IT users as a key business requirement. Nexaweb's Platform 4.5 will deliver a rich, cross-platform experience that improves user productivity while retaining the best of legacy IT assets."

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