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AJAX in the Cloud: Save Your Company a Bundle with Your RIA Strategy!

Cloud computing has recently grown to encompass hosted database services

SYS-CON's 6th International AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo will take place October 20-22, 2009, at the Fairmont Hotel, in San Jose, California.

Cloud computing has recently grown to encompass hosted database services. The idea behind 'Database as a Service' (DaaS) is to side step the complexity and cost often associated with running your own database. Unfortunately for AJAX programmers, it is not easy to access a DaaS directly from JavaScript.

To solve security issues, AJAX apps need to talk to an intermediate server that acts as a proxy between the web client and the database. This means that the AJAX developer has to develop lots of server-side code that coordinates between the proxy and the database. In addition to requiring precious development cycles, the proxy is a performance bottleneck. In this session we will examine some of the unique challenges faced by AJAX programmers trying to write apps in the DaaS environment. We'll also discuss a new paradigm for DaaS, aimed squarely at AJAX programmers, that shifts the database APIs into the client, and discuss its implication on everything from security to the design of the database query language.

Speaker Bios:
Brent Hamby is Principal at NextDB.net. He has been working as a software engineer, architect and entrepreneur for the past 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brent has worked extensively in location based services for both GPS tracking and geo-spatial software companies as a Java and JavaScript AJAX architect. He has given countless technical presentations at geo-spatial software conferences and is a regular speaker at AJAX-related conferences (AJAXWorld, Mashup Camp). He graduated from UC Berkeley.

Geoffrey Hendrey is Principal at NextDB.net. He has been working as a software engineer, architect and entrepreneur for the past 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and was the founder and CTO of Gravitate, a company focused on mobile-to-mobile location based services. He is an active member of the Java community through JSR 243 Java Data Objects and has implemented several open source object-relational-mapping frameworks. Geoff has given presentations at AJAXWorld and JavaOne.He holds a an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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