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I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

An A to Z for the RIA Era

From AIR to ZK, this is an alphabetical round-up of the fast moving-world of application development tools and frameworks spawned ever since the appearance of Google Maps, the canonical early RIA. The list includes AIR, Appcelerator, ATF, Curl, Dojo, Echo, Eclipse RCP, Ext JS, Flex, Grails, GWT, JavaFX, Kabuki, Nexaweb Enterprise Web 2.0 platform, Novulu, OpenLaszlo, Prototype, Rico, Ruby on Rails, Seam, Silverlight, ThinWire, TIBCO GI, ULC, WaveMaker, Yahoo! User Interface Library, Zend Framework, and ZK. Editorial note: The words used to describe the various solutions are in every case taken from the sites cited, so as ever we encourage developers in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the tool in question for themselves. Omissions should be sent to ria (at) sys-con.com, and we will endeavor to include them in a future revision of t... (more)

AJAX, RIA, Rich Web Technologies and iPhone Developer Summit Call for Papers Deadline January 25, 2008

Submit Your Speaking Proposal It is a great time to be a front-end engineer! But is it easy yet to make Rich Internet Applications that easily go offline? Are developers better off using an RIA framework, a toolkit or just coding their own AJAX/JavaScript? Will JavaScript 2.0 be a success, or a dud? How can RIA apps be made secure? When will AJAX and RIA development finally be easy? Submissions on these and dozens of other topics have already begun streaming in to AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East, being held in New York City on March 18-20, 2008. The Call for Papers is as always a 100% online process, found here. You will find details of tracks at that link too.   iPhone Developer Summit will debut this year, colocated with AJAXWorld and it will be chaired by Kevin Hoffman editor-in-chief of iPhone Developer's Journal. (Remember to select iPhone Track in the pull-d... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

The Future of . . .

I've been reading "The Future of Management" by Gary Hamel lately. I have a staff of nine developers and, while I believe I'm a pretty good manager, I also believe there is always room for improvement. So I try to keep my eyes and ears open for ways to improve, and reading this book among others is one attempt to do so. One particular concept I found intriguing did involve evolution. He referenced the work of Stuart Kauffman in his book "At Home in the Universe: The Search For Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity." Kauffman describes a "fitness landscape" that includes a mountain range with a number of peaks, each representing higher levels of evolution. A species starts out in a deep valley, but as it wanders it moves up one of the peaks. As it does so, however, the amount of land above it diminishes while the amount of land below it increases. That is, as the... (more)

The Future of Rich Web Apps: Melding the Web and the Desktop

Experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have been considering the future of Web apps vs desktop apps. While they predict that any gap between web and desktop software will narrow in the future, one wild card is how well hybrid webtop/desktop applications will match the features of their desktop cousins. "Creating a cross-platform application that 'feels right' to individual users of Windows, Mac and Linux platforms is a tricky task," notes Kendall Whitehouse, senior director of information technology at Wharton, at one point in the discussion, recorded in detail at [email protected] web site. "But I'm sure the industry will get there. I have little doubt that this is where the future of software is headed." While Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, believes that Google's model of always connected softw... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of the giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? At the end of each year, SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, and within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs Versus AJAX o Ruby on Rails o PHP o Facebook Competitors Tim Bray Director of Web Technologies Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the Univers... (more)

Adobe Releases an Interesting Marketing Tool

During the MAX 2010 conference, it was clear that Adobe was shifting its focus from Flash Player to HTML producing tools. At that conference, the announcement about the acquisition of Day Software was made without much fanfare. Oh well, it’s just another Content Management System (CMS).  But after seeing an impressive demo of the release today of CQ5 (a part of Customer Experience Management Platform), I can attest - this is not yet another CMS. It really puts the marketing department of your organization in the driver’s seat when it comes to creating a Web site for promoting your products. I’ll get down to the essence of this Web Content Management Suite (WCMS), which is based on CQ5 and is a tool for end users who can put together the Web site from such building blocks as text boxes, images, charts, or Flash-based inserts (SWF files). Just drag a text box or a SWF... (more)

[video] @KevLindsay Keynote | @ThingsExpo @AdobeTarget @24Notion #IoT

View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here Personalization in the Age of IoT More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables - activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what "IoT" means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart's sake," and many brands remain in that corner. But many brands are also gradually opting for more strategic approaches. They're taking a breath and stepping back to examine bo... (more)

Heard on Hanselminutes

Hanselminutes is a weekly 30-minute podcast with Web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman hosted by Carl Franklin. The following is a transcript from show number 19 on BitTorrent. You can listen online at www.hanselminutes.com. Carl Franklin: So, we're talking about BitTorrent today. Scott Hanselman: BitTorrent, video squishing, things you can do with BitTorrent, optimizing BitTorrent, how it works, and various legalities. CF: And that would be a good time for a disclaimer, would it not? SH: It would indeed. CF: Yeah. SH: We cannot, we're not lawyers, we're not legal or illegal people, we're just guys talking to you on your iPods, hopefully in double speed if you're not wasting your time, and we have no way to know whether this is legal or not legal. Carl, what have you found in your research? CF: Well, I found that certain things are legal to share and certain... (more)

Embracing New Platforms: Building RIAs Beyond AJAX

There is now a spectrum of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies - including Adobe Flex, Adobe AIR, Microsoft Silverlight, and Curl - that go beyond the traditional functionality that AJAX provides. These platforms provide distinct benefits for moving complex desktop and client-server applications to the Web. An independent study by Sonata Software compared the performance and ease of development of applications using Curl, AJAX, and Flex, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of each platform This session will look at the application characteristics that developers should consider before choosing a platform, as well as provide specific examples of the interactivity and performance that these platforms offer. Speaker Bio: Bert Halstead is the chief architect of Curl, Inc., and a founding member of the Curl technical team. Previously, he was a research staff ... (more)