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Building Social Applications Using OpenSocial at AJAX World

Chris Schalk's RIA Session at AJAXWorld, March 18-20, in New York City

The notion of building "social applications" has taken the Web by storm. Today it is not only important to understand how to build Web or AJAX applications, but with the advent of the "Social Graph", AJAX developer's must have a solid understanding of how to build social applications that operate within the context of a social environment. To this end, OpenSocial provides a set of open APIs for building applications that can run on any environment supporting OpenSocial. In this session, I will cover all aspects of building social applications using the OpenSocial APIs. A high level introduction of the social graph is given, followed by a detailed review of OpenSocial's APIs followed by demonstrations of practical examples. At the end of the session I will also review Shindig, which is an open source project that serves as a full server implementation "in-a-box" for anyone wishing to host OpenSocial applications.

Speaker Bio: Chris Schalk is a tech lead in the Developer API Evangelism group at Google. He is also one of the original members of the OpenAjax Alliance. Prior to Google, Chris was a principal product manager and Java evangelist for Oracle's application server and development tools division. While at Oracle, he worked to define the overall Web development experience for Oracle JDeveloper and ADF Faces (Trinidad). He is also the co-author of JavaServer Faces: The Complete Reference published through McGraw-Hill Osborne (ISBN: 0072262400) and maintains a popular Blog on J2EE Web development. 

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2008  Will Be The Decision Year for RIAs
AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 will provide delegates with the optimum balance between RIAs, Rich Web Technologies and AJAX, while underlining business needs, technology potential, and enhanced user experience.

This year at AJAXWorld the relentless focus is not only on where RIAs are now but also where Rich Web Technologies are headed, where Enterprise Web 2.0 and Social Applications are taking the software development industry and the end user, and how Rich Web Technologies are transforming our businesses and our lives.

Delegates will learn how RIAs are making money and gaining market-share for some of the leading businesses in the world.

The real-world questions that will be answered by this year's 140+ sessions are those that currently preoccupy working developers, architects, IT managers and business line managers. The 2008 tracks include:

  • Enterprise RIAs and AJAX
  • Rich-Web Case Studies and Mash-Ups
  • Enterprise Web 2.0 & Social Applications
  • Event-Driven Web
  • iPhone Developer Summit
  • Diamond Track

AJAXWorld is sponsored by the world’s leading RIA technology providers including.

Conference faculty includes the world’s top RIA experts.

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Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to RIA@sys-con.com to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.

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