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Who Says Web 2.0 is Hard? Build Rich Internet Applications Without a PhD in AJAX

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

Web applications continue to evolve to support a far richer user experience than in the early days of the Internet. However, delivering these solutions adds complexity and demands additional programming skills. This session provides an overview of how the innovative IBM Rational technology delivered through its new Enterprise Generation Language (EGL) capabilities, helps dramatically simplify the construction of rich user interfaces and their integration with back-end services, transactional systems, and data sources for any platform, including System z and System i. This revolutionary approach enables companies to leverage their valuable IT assets into state-of-the-art SOA-based and web solutions in record time while leveraging existing skills.

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Speaker Bio: Chris was born in The Netherlands, obtained a MsC at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and a PhD at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. At both IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Morgan-Stanley, Chris worked on tools for user interfaces, component infrastructures, and software development environments. He led the OTI Amsterdam lab for 3.5 years, working on WebSphere Studio Device Developer. After that, he worked with IBM Rational in Ottawa on Java runtimes and Eclipse, and co-authored the "Eclipse Frequently Asked Questions" book. Chris delivered many conference presentations and articles, wrote various books on Java and Eclipse, authored articles on "AJAX" on DeveloperWorks, and holds 6 patents. Currently, Chris is product architect of Rational Business Developer (RBD) and development team lead for the EGL Rich UI. Chris is a member of the Enterprise Tooling and Compiler group in IBM Rational.

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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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