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RIAs and How Open is 'Open' in the Mobile Software Space?

David Schlesinger's RIA Session at AJAXWorld, March 18-20, in New York City

Open source, open platforms, open development environments... "Open" can mean a lot of things, and the differences between one "open" and another can be significant. David “Lefty” Schelsinger will examine the various aspects and uses of the term "open" as it relates to the current evolving mobile software space.

Where does open source code make sense? Is simply being open source sufficient? Does openness necessarily mean fragmentation, and if so, what's the best way to forestall that? There are many platforms based on open source code to greater or lesser degrees, many "open development platforms" and a number of initiatives--LiMo, LiPS, GNOME Mobile, the Open Handset Alliance, and others--dedicated to putting open source software on mobile devices. What are the differences between them? Are they competitive or cooperative?

This discussion will describe the landscape, identify the players and contrast the approaches being taken. The ACCESS Linux Platform will be featured in this context as an alternative to the iPhone platform, as well as the approach to enabling third-party developers, and addressing the needs of the marketplace and the requirements of operators and device manufacturers.

Speaker Bio: David "Lefty" Schlesinger is Director of Open Source Technologies at ACCESS Co., Ltd., working principally on open source strategy and community relations, and representing ACCESS in a number of industry and community initiatives. Lefty is responsible for open source licensing compliance practices within ACCESS, and is the author of ACCESS' internal "open source best practices" curriculum. He also specializes in intellectual property issues, including licensing and patent strategy as well as acting as the administrator for ACCESS' main open source release, the "Hiker Project" (www.hikerproject.org), a suite of application service components for the development of seamlessly interoperating mobile applications.

Lefty is well-known in the open source community and is a frequent presenter and panelist at open source-related conferences, and has spoken this year at the Finnish Centre for Open Source Software's Verso Business Series, FOSTEL (the Free and Open Source Telephony Conference), the Ottawa Linux Symposium, the GNOME Users' and Developers' European Conference and a variety of other prestigious open source venues. He was the keynote speaker at this year's Northwest Technical Conference for Undergraduates at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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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.

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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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