Yahoo, TIBCO, Oracle Join AJAX Craze

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-02-14 Print this article Print

A string of vendors provide new tool sets for AJAX development.

With the AJAX style of development among the hottest developer crazes around, every vendor or prominent Web player is rushing to announce support. Yahoo is among the latest to demonstrate support for AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), with its new Yahoo User Interface Library. The Yahoo User Interface Library is a set of utilities and controls written in JavaScript for building richly interactive Web applications using techniques such as DOM (Document Object Model) scripting, HTML and AJAX, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company said.
"This utility library helps manage XMLHttpRequest (commonly referred to as AJAX) transactions in a cross-browser fashion, including integrated support for form posts, error handling and callbacks," said a document describing the library on Yahoos Web site.
The Yahoo library supports animation. With the Yahoo User Interface Library, developers can "create cinematic effects on their pages by animating the position, size, opacity or other characteristics of page elements," the document said. Moreover, "The Yahoo UI Library Controls provide highly interactive visual design elements for your Web pages," the Yahoo document said. "These elements are created and managed entirely on the client side and never require a page refresh." IBM leads an open-source initiative to promote AJAX. Click here to read more. In addition, all the components in the Yahoo User Interface Library "have been released as open source under a BSD [Berkeley Software Distribution] license and are free for all uses," the Yahoo document said. Another vendor, TIBCO Software, of Palo Alto, Calif., on Feb. 13 announced the availability of TIBCO General Interface version 3.1 Professional Edition, which features a new licensing and pricing model. With the version 3.1 Professional Edition, TIBCO General Interface is being made available to build and test AJAX-enabled applications for free, said Kevin Hakman, director of product marketing for TIBCOs General Interface. "Were very excited about this particular release," Hakman said. "AJAX has been taking off in the enterprise." Next Page: Offerings from TIBCO, Oracle and Zapatec.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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