The OpenAjax Alliance taps its broad industry membership to deliver standards for metadata integration, mashup security and widget interoperability. The organization tapped leading members such as IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, Aptana, the Eclipse Foundation, Google, the Dojo Foundation and others to help craft the standard.
The OpenAjax Alliance
has made good on promises it made earlier about boosting
enterprise-class Web development with new Web 2.0 specifications and
I first reported on the organization's moves in September
, when Jon Ferraiolo, a Web architect in IBM's
emerging technologies group, shed light on the subject at a rich Web
conference in Vienna, Va. Ferraiolo discussed early work on the efforts
now coming to fruition in terms of metadata integration, mashup
security and a widget interoperability standard. At the event in early
September in Virginia, Ferraiolo spoke on Interoperable Asynchronous
However, "we're completing an interoperability event where members
have implemented the tooling standard and the mashup standard,"
Ferraiolo said. For instance, Adobe's
DreamWeaver team announced support for the new OpenAjax Widget Format
in the new DreamWeaver CS4, and the Eclipse Foundation has implemented
The question is, however, has AJAX gone the way of XML -- being a
vital technology but no longer in need of a spotlight or showcase event
to show it off because it is so integral to systems. Indeed, XML is
just there. It's in the plumbing -- everybody has it and most everybody
However, if a conference must be held on the subject, AJAXWorld in
San Jose, Calif., is as good as any, coming on the heels of The Ajax
Experience conference in Boston. Meanwhile, at the AJAXWorld show, the
OpenAjax Alliance announced the successful interoperability of two key
technologies with more than a dozen AJAX products. These advances will
further enable software developers to create enterprise-class Web sites
with Web 2.0 features using its open standards software.
development technology behind most interactive, rich Web 2.0
applications-such as mashups, widgets and gadgets. With today's
milestone, the Alliance is showing that the technologies announced in
the spring can successfully interoperate with industry-leading AJAX
The OpenAjax standards address two workflows, AJAX Integrated
Development Environments (IDEs) and AJAX mashups. These OpenAjax
standards initiatives will enable better AJAX developer tools and will
promote greater security and interoperability with mashups, Ferraiolo
said. This is critical as Web 2.0 applications extend from the consumer
space into the enterprise.
For instance, Adobe, Aptana, the Dojo Foundation, the Eclipse
Foundation, Google, IBM, ILOG, Lightstreamer, Nexaweb, Programmable
Web, SAP and TIBCO are among the vendors that received interoperability
awards today for OpenAjax standards for IDEs and mashups, a Web site or
application that combines content from more than one source into a
browser-based Web application.
"The Eclipse Foundation has expanded its industry-leading open
and AJAX developers," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the
Eclipse Foundation. "We strongly support the IDE interoperability
efforts at OpenAjax Alliance and are excited about our future support
developers to experience the same power and flexibility advantages that
Java developers have realized for years from the open-source Eclipse
"We took Aptana's format as a starting point then we worked with a
group including Microsoft and Eclipse to help shape that into an
OpenAjax Alliance standard," Ferraiolo said.
Indeed, he said, "we're happy about the broad participation on the
mashup side, especially for the enterprise side, and that the promise
of Eclipse 2.0 can happen."