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OpenAjax Alliance: Browser Engine Access To Mobile Device APIs

IBM's Jon Ferraiolo to Present at SYS-CON's AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo, Oct 20-22, in San Jose, CA

Many new model mobile devices allow the "Web Runtime" (i.e., the browser engine) to invoke device capabilities from JavaScript, such as access to current location (e.g., via GPS), phone dialer, camera, address book, calendar, email, and SMS, whereas previously these services were only available to compiled programming languages, such as C++ and Java. By giving Web developers using HTML and JavaScript the same power as C++ and Java, we will see a large wave of next-generation consumer and Enterprise Web 2.0 applications that take innovation and productivity to new levels. These new Mobile AJAX applications run not only in the browser, but also as AJAX-powered mobile widgets and AJAX-powered installed applications. Two challenges, however, are interoperability (because different devices support different APIs), and security (along with the new feature, we also have new vulnerabilities). OpenAjax Alliance is addressing the two challenges through its open standards, open source, and security initiatives.

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Speaker Bio: Jon Ferraiolo is an employee of IBM within its Emerging Internet Technologies group. Jon is devoted exclusively to OpenAjax Alliance, where he manages operations and leads many activities.Before joining IBM in 2006, Jon worked at Adobe for 13 years where he was an architect, engineering manager and product manager.

Jon has been a speaker at every AJAXWorld conference since October 2006, and has spoken at dozens of other industry conferences in the past couple of years. AJAXWorld magazine has published 6 or 7 articles Jon has submitted over the past couple of years.

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