"Open Ajax Alliance formally opens for business" (Computer Business Review)
Here's an excerpt:
As for the focus on programming models, the goal is to develop compatibility between commercial and open source Ajax tools that have until now evolved largely in a vacuum.
"If you use multiple Ajax toolkits, today they don't share the [web] page very well," said [David Boloker, CTO for IBM's Emerging Internet Technology Software Group], noting that each set of tools has different sets of event handlers and widgets.
"The lack of interoperability would cause the demise of Ajax," said John Crupi, CTO of fellow member JackBe.
In short, the members of this initiative seek to "promote Ajax's promise of universal compatibility with any computer device, application, desktop or operating system, and easy incorporation into new and existing software programs." (See the initial (Feb. 2006) Open Ajax Initiative press release.) Open Ajax "is a consolidated development effort," said Rod Smith, IBM Vice President of Emerging Technologies. "We'll do better collectively working together toward Ajax than we can do individually." (See the related Feb. 2006 IDG News article quoting Smith.)
Note also that earlier this month the Open Ajax group announced 13 new members: Adobe, Backbase, Fair Isaac, ICEsoft, Innoopract, Intel, JackBe, Opera, SAP, Scalix, Software AG, Tibco and XML11. These new members join an already impressive list of initial members: BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, Google, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corp., Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo!, Zend and Zimbra.
developerWorks recently published a related technical article that helps prepare developers for Open Ajax. It introduces two existing run-time tools -- Dojo and Zimbra -- which will be supported in Eclipse's Ajax Toolkit Framework (ATF). Check out Two tools bring Ajax to Eclipse's Ajax Toolkit Framework.
dW offers many more Ajax articles, including
- Brett McLaughlin's popular Intro to Ajax article (the first in our "Mastering Ajax" series)
- Our "Considering Ajax" series that launched this month.
- The two new Ajax pieces we're publishing this week: "Considering Ajax, Part 2: Mashups will change your life" (includes a checklist of 20 attention areas for incorporating Ajax apps into a Web site) and "Use Apache Geronimo and Ajax to build a directory, Part 1: Configuring Geronimo's LDAP server" (a robust tutorial).
Stay tuned to developerWorks for more details about the Open Ajax Initiative and more Ajax articles, tutorials and resources.