Working to simplify Web
Are we getting closer to seeing real meaning in the expression, "standards-based browser," rather than just "browser popular enough to be worth testing and accommodating"? Is Achilles catching up with the tortoise in that regard?
Early this year, we joined the OpenAJAX effort for that purpose. We like AJAX. Were all committing to AJAX. And its important for the community to make it work in all the browsers and on all the servers. I think thats important so that we do get convergence as time goes on.
Read more here about the OpenAJAX Alliance.
Itll be interesting. We definitely stretch the capabilities of DHTML and SVG. Over the next few years, well see people being creative and see vendors making improvements. It wont stop. If we give developers what they want, theyll always want more.
I think peoples expectations for interaction will continue to rise, but you wont be retraining your developers. The same skill sets [that] developers have been using to build Web 1.0 applications will not only apply to Web 2.0 with AJAX but also to any other device you want to target.
So, will developers still need to tailor content presentation to different user environments but perhaps need fewer separate skill sets to do that?
Exactly. There are situations where you want a generic thing to try to display itself anywhere, and thats successful up to a certain point. But people have expectations about what theyre looking at and how theyll interact with it, and I do think youll need to target the device youre going for.
What do developers get from the tools approach that Oracle is taking that they wont get by relying on Eclipse plus its ecosystem of plug-ins?
Weve really tried to ensure consistency so that anything that plugs into JDeveloper, from an internal or from an external group, will follow the same behavior and use the same concepts such as services or components. Some of the stuff were doing relies on controlling the core of the integrated development environment. When people sit down and play with the tool, most people are incredibly impressed.
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