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Much like it did for consumer Web applications such as Gmail and Netflix, AJAX is quickly injecting enterprise applications with a more dynamic and interactive user experience. "But, with so many products and techniques available," argues Ted Farrell (pictured), chief architect for Tools and Middleware at Oracle, "it is difficult for organizations to know where to start." " A framework instead of guesswork is needed," adds Farrell – who will be explaining his viewpoint in depth at the opening keynote of AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West at the Santa Clara Convention Center later this month – "one that balances both emerging and existing technologies to create a stable rapid application development environment. Furthermore, the next-generation, Web 2.0 user experience is as much about a richer interface as it is about empowering users with state-of-th... (more)

JanRain Announces Support for OpenID 2.0

JanRain announced support for OpenID 2.0. The latest version of OpenID assures its position as the dominant standard for next-generation digital identity. With new features that improve security and usability of OpenID, the user-centric single sign-on and online user-authentication standard is for mass adoption and widespread disruption across the Internet. As the primary contributor to the OpenID code base, JanRain is positioned to deliver the key applications and services that will drive exponential growth of the OpenID ecosystem in 2008 and beyond. OpenID, built on the concep... (more)

Schroepfer Quits Mozilla, Joins Facebook as a Director of Engineering

The latest director of engineering at Facebook, one of four, is Mike Schroepfer - formerly VP of Engineering at Mozilla Corp. In a blog on the move, he wrote yesterday to his Mozilla colleagues: "This is the first time I’ve decided to leave something I really truly love - I will dearly miss getting a chance to work with all of you every day. Everyone that I’ve met from the community has, and will continue to be, a huge inspiration to me.” "It really has been a singular honor to have been part of Mozilla," Schroepfer - also known as "schrep" - wrote, "and I’m hugely proud of what ... (more)

Canoo Open Source WebTest 2.0 Released

Canoo, a Web front-end application development company  delivering Java-based software consulting services announced that a new major release of WebTest is available for download. WebTest is a free open source tool for automated testing of web applications. WebTest project manager Dierk König commented, “We’re pleased to see the community response we’ve been experiencing in our open source project. I would like to thank all WebTest committers that have contributed to this release. Due to our committers’ dedication and our automated build process, as well a... (more)

ZapThink - Rich Internet Applications Based on AJAX, Flash, and Java

ZapThink released a report today showing that demand for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and more sophisticated user interaction is increasing dramatically. RIAs provide an end user experience that combines the experience that users are most familiar with in desktop and client/server applications, such as rich graphical user interface, responsive performance and highly interactive functionality, with the scalability, distribution, and manageability benefits that Internet applications provide. The report entitled "Rich Internet Applications: Market Technologies and Trends" shows... (more)