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By now there isn't a software developer on earth who isn't aware of the collection of programming technologies known as AJAX. But you can't bank awareness. Which is why developers from all over the world are converging today from 07:00AM in New York City's Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square  to live and breathe AJAX at the inaugural "Real-World AJAX" Seminar. The top-line speakers are: Jesse James Garrett, David Heinemeier Hansson, Scott Dietzen, Ross Dargahi, Bill Scott, Christophe Coenraets, Rob Gonda, Dave Crane, Jouk Pleiter, Kevin Hakman, Sahil Malik, and Dion Hinchcliffe. SYS-CON's "Real-World AJAX" seminar series aims to answer several questions: how in concrete terms can developers take advantage in their own projects of this newly popular way of delivering online content to users without reloading an entire page? How soon can developers be monetizing AJAX... (more)

Bill Scott: Real-World AJAX Was a Blast

In his "Looks Good Works Well" blog, Bill Scott had an entry on Friday, March 15, 2006, summarizing his impressions of the "Real-World Ajax" conference, which took place on Monday, March 13, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. Mentioning several highlights of the day, Scott writes "he especially enjoyed Christophe Conrate from Adobe, David Heienemeir Hansson's Rails talk, Kevin Hakman of Tibco, and Scott Dietzen, CTO of Zimbra." Bil Scott's blog entry can be read here. ... (more)

Zimbra's Scott Dietzen Welcomes Open AJAX

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New AJAX-Based Email Hosting Service Launched for Apple Mac Users

Simply Mail Solutions, the UK’s Email Hosting specialists have launched a new email service that for the first time properly supports Apple Macintosh email applications such as Apple Mail and Apple collaboration tools. Commented Colin Smith, Managing Director of SMS: “We wanted to be able to host an enhanced email package that supported Apple and UNIX users fully. We have found this with the award winning Zimbra CS server software. It syncs properly with the Apple applications and has a really superb AJAX based web mail interface allowing users to do everything while on the move. All our accounts include free use of a domain which means that the account is then a PIE (Provider Independent Email) account which so users no longer have to change their email address if they change their ISP. This is important because switching is much easier and common than it... (more)

AJAX and the Maturation of Web Development

I have always imagined the information space as something to which everyone has immediate and intuitive access, and not just to browse but to create." (Weaving the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee) From the beginning, the World Wide Web that Tim Berners-Lee imagined was a place where the architecture of participation ruled. Berners-Lee's first application for accessing the information Web was both a browser and an editor, and throughout the early 1990s he worked diligently to encourage Web browser development groups to develop editors and servers as well as browsers. As early as the spring of 1992, the challenge was clear: "Although browsers were starting to spread, no one working on them tried to include writing and editing functions....As soon as developers got their client working as a browser and released it to the world, very few bothered to continue to deve... (more)

Jon Ferraiolo Named Technical Chair of AJAXWorld Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Jon Ferraiolo will serve as the Technical Chair for the International AJAXWorld ™ Conference & Expo 2007 West to take place on September 24-26, 2007, in Santa Clara, California. SYS-CON Media Group Publisher and Editorial Director Roger Strukhoff will serve as the Conference Chair for the event. Ferraiolo manages operations and leads many activities at the OpenAjax Alliance, an organization of leading vendors, open source projects, and companies using AJAX that are dedicated to the successful adoption of open and interoperable AJAX-based Web technologies. The prime objective is to accelerate customer success with AJAX by promoting a customer's ability to mix and match solutions from AJAX technology providers and by helping to drive the future of the AJAX ecosystem. The alliance now has more than 80 members, including industr... (more)

Building an iPhone Application with Adobe AIR

A study of the iPhone UI and rebuilding it in AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) using Adobe Flex 3. AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is a cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to use their existing web development skills to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications to the desktop. With the WebControl component in AIR which is powered by WebKit it will allow you to build and test iPhone Applications. Also, I will be showing a component that will give the ability to make and receive calls, record/send and receive voicemail, as well as add and manage contacts. Speaker Bio: Flex developer, information architect, roller hockey goaltender. Joe Johnston has worked with Flash and other interactive tools for over ten years, starting his career at Crowe/Horwath. AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West will take place on September 23-26, 2007, at the Santa Clara Con... (more)

Moving Beyond AJAX: 2008 Is the Decision Year For RIAs

[For an A-Z of RIA Frameworks, from Adobe AIR to Zimbra, click here] Is AJAX fit to serve as spear carrier for next-generation Web technology? That question, asked by the San Diego Business Journal in March 2007, was answered by the sheer scale of the last two AJAXWorld Conference & Expos, in March (New York) and September (Santa Clara). The undisputed answer is "Yes!" So many companies have jumped aboard the AJAX train that when we wanted to do an informal survey the other day on upcoming Web and Internet technology trends, I was able to quickly compile a list of 800 different companies that are leaving the station. AJAX is moving toward the enterprise. Google, the company that helped light the AJAX wildfire in the first place by using it in Google Maps and Gmail, has since then released a paid version of its Web-based applications for small businesses, Google Apps Pr... (more)

Will Cloud Computing Lead to IT Chaos?

Guy Bunker's Blog In the last couple of weeks of 2008, IT departments and CIOs need to think carefully about the cloud and how it can be used within their organizations - ahead of the business units. Develop, distribute and educate staff on policies around Information Protection and data loss prevention. Put a process together to rapidly respond to requests for new services which live in the cloud. We live in uncertain economic times where money is tough… but the cloud and more importantly, services within the cloud appears to offer value for money. You pay for what you use and so on. But… will this lead to chaos? A decade or so ago the likes of PC World started to make a big impact on business computing. You could nip down there in the lunch break and buy a wireless router or a printer, pop back to the office and have it all connected up to the corporate network. Hu... (more)

Zimbra Simplifies Integration of Messaging and Web Technologies With Zimlets

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimbra (http://www.zimbra.com/), a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today introduced Zimlets, a mechanism for integrating the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) with third-party information systems and content. "Zimlets are an extension of Zimbra's efforts to change the way that users and administrators interact with e-mail and messaging systems," said Satish Dharmaraj, founder and CEO of Zimbra. "They simplify the marriage of Web 2.0 technologies to enterprise messaging and collaboration, enabling users to benefit from live message content linked to Web content and services on intranets or the Internet." Zimlets can automatically provide integrated links to external data sources such as customer support and CRM systems; inventory management, manufacturing control and accounting systems; tra... (more)

Zimbra Launches AJAX-Based Zimbra Collaboration Suite 3.0

Zimbra, a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, has announced general availability of its flagship product, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS), with the launch of ZCS 3.0. ZCS is an open source, enterprise collaboration system that reduces the cost and complexity of collaboration, and fundamentally changes the way users and administrators interact with their e-mail and calendaring applications. Zimbra's growing global customer base ranges from large, multi-thousand seat enterprises such as H&R Block and University Francisco Marroqu of Guatemala, to small businesses like 200-seat online retailer Backcountry.com. "We've been thrilled with the response to the ZCS betas, and the incredible support we've received from the open source community - thanks to the feedback and input of tens of thousands of users and developers, we're ready to lau... (more)