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Nexaweb Enterprise Web 2.0 Platform Version 4.5 Now Available

Industry's first "EW2.0" solution in compliance with Section 508 Accessibility

"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," said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, as Nexaweb announced this morning that Nexaweb Enterprise Web 2.0 Platform version 4.5 is available from today.

Version 4.5 builds on the success of earlier editions by delivering the industry’s first Enterprise Web 2.0 (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.

Schmelzer also singled out the new Section 508 Accessibility as being "not only a competitive differentiator in the financial services and public sector markets," but also a demonstration of "Nexaweb’s commitment to meeting the evolving needs of end users and regulatory bodies."

“Two-thirds of our recent survey respondents view improving services to IT users as a key business requirement," said Peter S. Kastner, Research VP for technology integration at Aberdeen Group. "Nexaweb’s Platform 4.5 will deliver a rich, cross-platform experience that improves user productivity while retaining the best of legacy IT assets." he added.

“True to our vision, Nexaweb continues to raise the bar around technology innovation and interoperability, which results in investment protection for businesses and greater productivity for developers," said David McFarlane, COO of Nexaweb. He continued:

“Our goal with this release is to provide a user friendly, end-to-end enterprise Web 2.0 platform that eliminates the need for developers to choose between Java and AJAX, while making it easier to integrate with disparate backend data sources and services."
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.

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," Nexaweb chairman and CTO Coach Wei (pictured above) told SYS-CON Media. "It allows developers to set up Web services calls either declaratively or programmatically using industry protocols and architectural approaches including SOAP and REST," he continued. "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."

Wei will be speaking at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo in New York City, 19-21 March, 2007. He will be giving a session entitled "Visual AJAX - combining open source projects to achieve ease-of-development" in which he will demonstrate that AJAX, while powerful, not easy.

"There are significant development and maintenance challenges," Wei notes. "My session will present how AJAX can be dramatically simplified by combing community projects together, eventually achieving visual drag and drop development." His session will also look at how developers can combine some seemingly separate community efforts such as the work at OpenAjax Alliance, Eclipse and Apache to achieve higher productivity.

The session will present a reference open-source stack for AJAX development, and Wei will show how visual tooling can be layered on top of a reference stack to enable visual drag and drop development. In his demonstration, he will show an Eclipse-based visual AJAX development tool that fully integrates Dojo, Eclipse WTP, Eclipse ATF and Apache XAP to obtain the synergy between these projects.

Finally, Wei's AJAXWorld 2007 East presentation will demonstrate building an AJAX-based mashup application without writing code in a full drag and drop experience. Code and examples will be presented.
Wei is Chairman and CTO of Nexaweb Technologies. Before founding Nexaweb, he architected and designed software for managing storage networks at EMC Corporation. As a champion for open source and open standards, Coach is the author of an open source word processor AjaxWord, is a committer at Apache's XAP project and is a member of the OpenAjax Alliance steering committee. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has many published articles in various technical journals. He obtained his master's degree from MIT, holds six patents and maintains the “Direct from Web 2.0” blog at http://www.coachwei.com.

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