Open AJAX

Looks as if a group of tech firms are joining together to form an OpenAJAX standard. I saw this news alert today.

The initial supporting members of the initiative, dubbed “Open Ajax,” include BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Google, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend and Zimbra.

The project is incubated in Apache as Kabuki Ajax Toolkit Project. The starting point seems to be Zimbra’s AJAX toolkit.

Other AJAX resources:

Zimbra’s Blog, Dojo, Open Rico, Adaptive Path, Microsoft’s Atlas, Open Lazlo

AJAX apps have a client component that gets a lots of visibility – Google maps, Google Suggest and others. Equally important is the server side of AJAX which parcels out the data from the server app and sends out XML fragments to the client. Zimbra talks about this and the possible emergence of intranet servers.

we have to sort out where we want the Ajax servers to be deployed. The Ajax architecture is based on a closely-coupled network server providing all of the state/persistence, as well as the connectivity to other web-based applications/services (such as for mash-ups), required by the Ajax client. All Ajax clients have such a server, which can be programmed in Java, PHP, C#, and so on.

AJAX applications communicate by XML. So a growth of AJAX application usage will also result in the growth of XML on the network. I think this model will also benefit, mobile device application development a lot, even though I have not seen any AJAX toolkits for mobile devices.

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