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Where Are RIA Technologies Headed in 2008?

What are the most burning AJAX, rich web applications, and Web 2.0 questions need to be answered in 2008?

Chris Schalk, developer evangelist for Google

1.  How can I make AJAX applications that easily go offline? (i.e. can work easily and in a similar manner when not connected to the Internet.)

2.  Am I better off using an AJAX framework, a toolkit or just coding my own Ajax/JavaScript and what are the scenarios that are best for one or another?

3.  Will JavaScript 2.0 be a success, or a dud?

4.  How do make a secure AJAX application? (or what are the best practices to mitigate security problems in AJAX applications?)

5.  When will AJAX development finally be easy?


John Crupi, CTO of JackBe:

1.  How significant is Enterprise Mashups to you (your customers)?

2.  Is AJAX commoditized or will it be soon?

3.  Will AJAX be standardized in the form of widget APIs or declarative markup?

4.  Is AJAX being challenged by new innovations like Silverlight and JavaFX?

5.  What's the biggest browser limitation to AJAX?


Joshua Gertzen, lead developer of the ThinWire AJAX Framework

1.  What are some viable strategies for preforming unit/stress testing on an AJAX Application?

2.  At what point do developers need to be concerned about client-side code exposing sensitive "how-to" code?

3.  Writing complex UIs in JavaScript can lead to lots of client-side code, so how do you scale such a design to a very large application?

4.  Do we really need JavaScript 2.0? Won't it be somewhat irrelevant by the time it becomes commonplace and thus usable?

5.  Is AJAX about more than just web development? Should we be campaigning to replace all desktop apps with an AJAX equivalent?


Kevin Hakman, co-founder of TIBCO General Interface:

1.  Will AJAX standards emerge and succeed? Where’s the potential value and to who?

2.  What’s the difference between a mashup and a composite application?

3.  On what timeline will AJAX skills become commoditized like HTML skills became?

4.  What would you like to see in the next releases of IE, Safari, and Firefox.

5.  Will Webkit dominate mobile devices, (aka is Opera still relevant?)


Andre Charland
, co-founder of Nitobi

1. How do you select an AJAX framework?

2. How do you optimize AJAX and JavaScript UIs for performance with large amounts of data?

3. How should you handle web analytics and metrics for RIA sites?

4. How do you apply user interface patterns and user experience design
to your AJAX project?

5. What AJAX development tools are available for visual development,
testing and debugging today?




JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION: What would your questions be: please add them here.

AJAXWorld 2008 East Call for Papers Is Closing Shortly!

Submissions deadline: December 14, 2007

Next March's Conference is has been receiving higher-caliber suggestions and submissions than ever.

Is it easy yet to make AJAX applications that easily go offline? Are developers better off using an AJAX framework, a toolkit or just coding their own AJAX/JavaScript? Will JavaScript 2.0 be a success, or a dud? How can AJAX apps be made secure? When will AJAX development finally be easy? Submissions on these and dozens of other topics have already begun streaming in to AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East, being held in New York City on March 18-20, 2008.

Click here to submit your speaking proposal today !


Participants' Biographies in Brief:

Eric Miraglia, PhD, of Yahoo! is one of the world's leading experts on advanced JavaScript, and is a member of the Yahoo Presentation Platform Engineering team.

Doug Crockford, creator of the JSON data interchange format, is a developer who currently works for Yahoo!. He is known for his work in video game design, including the porting of Maniac Mansion. He maintains a website called Crockford's Wrrrld Wide Web devoted to language, technology, programming, and games. He's also the author of JSLint, the JavaScript Verifier.

Chris Schalk is developer evangelist for Google.

John Crupi is CTO of JackBe Corporation. As CTO he is entrusted with understanding market forces and business drivers to drive JackBe's technical vision and strategy.

Coach Wei is founder and CTO of Nexaweb (www.nexaweb.com), developers of the leading software platform for building and deploying Web 2.0 and AJAX applications.

Joshua Gertzen is lead developer of the ThinWire AJAX Framework.

Kevin Hakman is co-founder of TIBCO General Interface Enterprise AJAX Toolkit, and Director of Evangelism for TIBCO Software.

Andre Charland, co-founder of Nitobi., is also co-author of Enterprise AJAX (Prentice Hall).

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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RIA News Desk 01/23/08 07:04:23 AM EST

we would share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application pioneers are thinking

Kurt Cagle 12/26/07 02:43:45 AM EST

There's a growing impedance mismatch between the large scale providers of content and the consumers of that content as we build multiple messaging architectures. How realistically do we resolve this mismatch in such a way that we are able to preserve both flexibility (SOAP), simplicity (Atom) and brevity (JSON), and can we do so without sparking a religious war?

Crolly Darvo 12/18/07 05:06:41 AM EST

Will the browsers development, unification and standardization give us more possibilities and freedom to sophisticate or simplify our interfaces & APIs?

Brett Green 12/13/07 01:24:02 PM EST

Do you believe a shift back towards rich desktop apps, which are internet-enabled, will lead away from the need for AJAX-enabled web applications?

Gabriel Kent 12/12/07 10:57:40 AM EST

If you imagine the a URI is a handle to a given resource -- is the AJAX community pushing to retain the isomorphic relationship between the URI and a given state of a web application as it changes through AJAX interaction?

Micha? S?aby 12/12/07 04:55:16 AM EST

Are off-line applications for web the right direction? Is Google Gears relevant when more and more devices has 24/7 Internet access?
Will web applications of the future be complex on client and lightweight on server side or rather the opposite? This is essential issue to me, as Tigermouse framework I develop favors the later approach.

Marcio 12/11/07 04:20:08 PM EST

Other questions like: [1] ambiguity in AJAX toolkits, can I match them? how an aspect in Toolkit A can influence toolkit B? The namespaced Web apps becomes now important. It's the same that happened in Browser space, they were different, then become a bit shared, the AJAX toolkits work also may reach a convergence state as we have offline/online caching infra-structure with namespaced events - sandboxed apps in the same page but running each in a given scope.

I think the next stage promises good things for us and the current stage is a mess with good value under it. The exploration of the mashup stack and mashup infra for interoperability is an area to massage.

WishList 12/09/07 02:22:28 AM EST

If only AJAX could somehow bring us a spam-free internet, now THAT would be a rich future!

AJAX vs CF 11/15/07 08:28:09 AM EST

While Ajax represents the future, it looks like in Georgia they still have developers working in ColdFusion from Adobe - how come? Here's the link: http://www.dot.state.ga.us/

IMHO 11/09/07 08:59:40 AM EST

Development managers need to ask themselves at least these two questions before adopting AJAX on a project. First, will you make up for the time invested in adopting a new technology through increased development speed? And second, will AJAX allow you to offer a more useful application to your users?

Ahmed ALEM 11/07/07 06:32:56 AM EST

The answer is definitely: Java + XML + XSLT + a new ML, instead of: JavaScript + XML + HTML. But is there any project which take into account all these ideas? Are there any band of developers who are interested in re-inventing a better wheel?

Answer 11/07/07 06:31:07 AM EST

The next stage of AJAX is Comet.

mAX kIESELR 11/06/07 10:48:05 AM EST

It was inevitable that someone would use web 2.0 social aspects together with an AJAX interaction layer to create a next generation weblog. As usual it took a seventeen year old to do it. Logahead is everything I've been looking for recently in blogging software. It's PHP, MySQL, AJAX, and has several social features.

DEMO LINK: http://www.maxkiesler.com/index.php/designdemo/fullview/386/

BeyondAJAX 11/06/07 10:44:17 AM EST

The event-driven web is the most important step for a new Internet in recent years.

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