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As AJAXWorld Approaches, Expert RIA Speakers Blog in Anticipation

Ted Goddard, Marco Casario, Dietrich Kappe, Yakov Fain, Andre Charland...

As AJAXWorld 2008 East in NYC next week approaches, speakers have been blogging in anticipation, so we thought we'd bring you a quick round-up here of what's being said in advance of next week's frontal assault on the worlds of front-end engineering, User eXperience, and Rich Internet Applications...

ICEfaces and GlassFish at AJAXWorld  
by Ted Goddard

AJAXWorld is rapidly approaching (March 18, 2008 in New York) and there are a number of sessions dealing with Ajax Push, ICEfaces, and GlassFish that you should be sure to attend:

All is ready for the AJAXWorld Conference 2008 in New York 
by Marco Casario

Ajaxworld2008 I'm preparing my luggages for my tomorrow's flight to New York city. I'll spend 5 days in the Big Apple for speaking at the AJAXWorld Conference 2008. And it will be the occasion to go meeting my friend Alessandro in Boston on this weekend !

My presentation will be about our development experiences we had in integrating AJAX with Flex widgets in some of our internal applications and projects. You can see 2 of them at these links :

YuBuk.com (use the advanced search and go to the Map view)

So I'm sure I'll have great time. I'm thinking about some friends of mine that live in NY to have some great time with them !

Upcoming Talk at AjaxWorld East - Saving Your Investment: Transforming J2EE Applications into Web 2.0 Using GWT

by Dietrich Kappe

For those of you interested, I'll be speaking at the AjaxWorld East 2008 conference in New York. I'll be looking at the messy underbelly of converting an old Web 1.0 application into a Web 2.0 powerhouse using GWT. From the conference blurb

The pressure is on to keep pace with Web 2.0 entrants into the marketplace. Rewriting is expensive; adding AJAX widgets results in a complex, unmaintainable application. Both require you to hire scarce JavaScript developers. Google Web Toolkit - the SDK that allows you to write AJAX interfaces in Java - enables your Java developers to layer a desktop-like interface on top of your web app. Learn to analyze the service profile of your application, to change HTML views into XML or JSON services, and to resist opening security holes by putting state and control flow logic into the client.

That's right, I've got 45 minutes to describe GWT, run through the steps for analyzing an existing webapp, give a quick demo, then talk about security and other concerns. No sweat.

The Next Big RIA Service: Sprout
by Yakov Fain

I was preparing my slides for the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference
in New York next Tuesday, where I compare different technologies for creating rich Internet applications.  The slides for the big players on the market are ready, but I was looking for one more – something that would fall into a category of cool RIA. And I found one.

These days RIA tools are created mainly to two groups of people: Web Developers and UI Designers. The second group is represented by creative people who can design screens but are not programmers. Big guys like Adobe are trying to come with tools that would bring together these two groups of people who currently live in different planets. For example, Adobe is going to release Thermo Beta this Summer – it allows designers to drag and drop and Flex code will be automatically generated based on their creative movements. Many people can’t wait to get their hands dirty with Thermo. In my opinion, it’s a useful tool for creating a small application or initial prototyping of an enterprise Flex application, but when I’ll get this code from the Web designer, I’ll start ripping it apart and refactoring anyway. The first version of Thermo will not allow designers to work with it after a developer has refactored the code.  Microsoft also creates very good tools like Expression Design and and Expression Blend that bring together designers and developers.

Speaking In New York Next Week for AJAXWorld and Web Design Meetup
by Andre Charland

March 14th, 2008

Just a reminder I’m giving a talk on AJAX for Dreamweaver Developers next Tuesday at 2:50pm for AJAXWorld in NewYork. I’ll also be talking about Dreamweaver and Ajax with the New York Web Design Meetup on Monday at 6pm.

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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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