The OpenAjax Alliance has made good on promises it made earlier about boosting enterprise-class Web development with new Web 2.0 specifications and widget standards.
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 knows it.
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.
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.
"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."