There is now a QEDwiki ACORD demo available on You Tube. IBM has been recently working on projects related to situational applications and application wikis.
An Application Wiki enables non-technical users to rapidly design their own means of interaction with data or business services. QEDwiki is IBM's application wiki framework for collaboration, and situational dynamic content development.
QEDWiki is a platform for collaboration
Lightweight standards based collaboration environment
Unstructured to Structured Data Definition
Enables personal publishing
QEDWiki is a runtime for aggregated services:
Dynamic platform for integrating “live” data
Personalization in consumption of external services
If you're interested in developing AJAX applications with Eclipse, you will want to check out the newly released AJAX Toolkit Framework. It is pretty neat to be able to run and debug different AJAX runtime offerings (Dojo, Rico, Zimbra, etc.) inside the Eclipse IDE, although I suspect the real advantage will be in its extensibility to support additional AJAX runtimes down the road.
I'm also hoping to see more samples and refinements soon (fingers crossed). What sorts of things do you want to see, or what runtimes do you hope will get added? Post your thoughts in the comments.
Here is an interesting SD Times Article about a BZ Research study of 578 SD Times subscribers' AJAX usage. "Nearly three out of four software development managers say that they’re using or planning to use AJAX-based rich Internet application technologies."
What do you think of this new direction for Laszlo? Post your thoughts in the comments.
There seems to be a lot of recent work with zooming large images. If you've ever tried to manipulate an extremely high-resolution image, you know it can be rather slow with regular image software or browsers.
Or, check out this offering from Microsoft. The zoom through Notre Dame was particularly impressive.
For developers looking for one site to get a quick glimpse of what is happening in the "Mashup" world, you should check out the newly launched developerWorks Community Space focused on Mashups .
The Mashups community consolidates information on mashup makers and utilities to createsituational applications, including information about mashup utilitiessuch as QEDwiki (IBM's Enterprise Mashup Maker) being developed by IBM's Emerging Technologies team.
Also, there is an Ajax community available which is one-stop shop for information on the Ajax programming model, includingarticles and tutorials, discussion forums, blogs, wikis, events, andnews.
Since Mashups and Ajax are closely related topics, I suggest you check out both communities on a regular basis. These communities just launched with an initial set of functions, but will continue to evolve to add more community functions later this summer. For example, these communities will offer public and private chat rooms for relationship building.
John Feller Manager, IBM Emerging Technologies Development
A year ago, I had blogged about the announcement that OpenLaszlo would one day suppport Ajax. Well, it looks like that day has come, with the release of OpenLaszlo 4.0. Good news for rich internet app developers.
As a followup to Christopher's post earlier today, here is a link to a RegDeveloper article, Microsoft joins OpenAjax party about the recent announcement.
"In a statement, Microsoft's Kevin Smith - arguably owner of the most challenging job title in IT as core web platform and tools to UX web/client platform and tools group product manager - said the company will collaborate with other industry leaders to ensure a "high degree" of interoperability in AJAX-style development.
"Microsoft is continuing its commitment to empower web developers with technology that works cross browser and cross platform," Smith said.
OpenAjax Alliance membership puts Microsoft back into bed with IBM, also an alliance co-founder. IBM joined with Microsoft to flesh out the WS* family of web services specifications underpinning many of today's SOA and Web 2.0 architectures. Microsoft and IBM also teamed up, with others, to form the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization in 2002..."
Below is a recent Emerging Technologies in the News email from Joe Becker. Joe does a terrific job promoting and spreading the word about achievements in the broad realm of Emerging Tech. His contact info is:
Joe Becker IBM Communications 11 Madison Ave., 18th Floor NYC, NY 10010 Office: 917-472-3428 firstname.lastname@example.org
'Some great early coverage from today's OpenAjax announcement that Microsoft had joined the group (which now totals 72 members) and that the organization has 11 members who have received interoperability awards. The interoperability certificates represent progress by both OpenAjax Alliance and its members towards defining and achieving industry support for OpenAjax Conformance.
Additional coverage is expected this week and next.
"My view is this is strong indication that businesses are telling all AJAX vendors and developers [that] open [de facto] standards and interoperability matter," said Rod Smith, vice president of Emerging Technologies at IBM Software Group. "OpenAJAX is now viewed as the leading organization fostering Rich Internet Application [RIA]-related technologies. Microsoft has always been a leader in rich user experiences—having their active participation in OpenAJAX will be welcome by developers and enterprise customers alike." "Obviously, Microsoft is a very important player in the AJAX world because it has the dominant browser on desktop computers and a significant share in the server world and with the .Net servers," said Jon Ferraiolo, acting director of OpenAjax Alliance and Web architect for Emerging Technologies at the IBM Software Group.'
Coding patterns are extremely useful from a low-level programming perspective, so having Five Common Ajax Patterns in your pocket can really help developers. From the high-level design perspective, what better way to understand how Ajax is used than to see five common Ajax tasks?
A release of the Ajax for IBM WebSphere Platform is available for download on this page. The files are packaged as Eclipse plugins, so I was able to install them into Eclipse 3.2 to just view the documentation. (it works with WebSphere Application Server Toolkit also) There are included samples and tutorials, although according to the forum, some samples may require WebSphere Application Server 6.0 or higher in order to properly deploy the EAR (enterprise application archive).