Offerings from TIBCO, Oracle
and Zapatec"> General Interface 3.1 features faster drag-and-drop visual authoring tools for standard XML & XSD (XML Schema Definition), SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and WSDL (Web Services Description Language) communications, as well as HTTP/S GET and POST operations, dramatically reducing scripting time, Hakman said. Meanwhile, unlike most Web development tools that require additional software such as plug-ins, ActiveX controls or Java applets to be installed or added to the browser, TIBCO General Interface works with existing capabilities of the browser, enabling users to get a full-featured application instantly from a URL, Hakman said.The product delivers reduced development time and cost through use of familiar APIs, visual authoring tools, step-through debugging and extensible, reusable components, he said."Our new pricing and licensing model brings the proven enterprise benefits of General Interface to every corner of the developer community," said Ram Menon, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at TIBCO. "We believe that this differentiated strategy will provide the flexibility for individuals and organizations to choose the best approach for developing, testing and deploying Rich Internet Applications using one of the most mature tools available today." Hakman said TIBCO General Interface Version 3.1 Professional Edition is available free for public use. However, non-public deployments to small user groups start at $499 for the TIBCO General Interface Professional Edition license option. Oracle is another vendor delivering technology in support of AJAX. Released Feb. 14, Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 3 features native AJAX support to help create interactive Web applications that simplify users browsing experience and enhance Internet navigation. Does AJAX pose security and performance risks? Read more here. Meanwhile, Zapatec, of Berkeley, Calif., announced Feb.7 the availability of its Zapatec AJAX Suite. The Zapatec Suite features several components: The form-handling widget provides client-side validation and error correction; the grid widget provides sorting, filtering and paging of tabular data; the windows widget provides desktop-style windows and dialog boxes in a Web page; the menu widget provides vertical, horizontal, drop-down and context menus; the calendar widget provides a date and time picker; and the tree widget provides a customizable hierarchical view. "While several companies like IBM, Sun, and Microsoft have announced their plans to provide AJAX solutions, the Zapatec AJAX Suite and its components are available today, and are already being deployed by real customers," Dror Matalon, president of Zapatec, said in a statement. "Our AJAX components are feature-rich, yet easy to deploy. We help developers take their Web applications to the next level by plugging the Zapatec AJAX form or grid into their applications in just a few hours, versus days or weeks." The Zapatec AJAX Suite is available now. The Suite works with all modern browsers including IE 5.0+, Mozilla 1.2+, Opera 8.0+, Firefox 1.0+, and Safari 1.2+. Commercial versions start at $399. The Lite version of the Zapatec AJAX Suite is free. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.