AJAX — a one year anniversary

first_imgTomorrow is the one year anniversary since Jesse James Garrett at Adaptive Paths first coined the term AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML).  It was a term he created to describe some of the high-profile highly-interactive Javascript browser applications, like Google‘s Gmail, Suggest, and Maps, and Yahoo‘s Flickr. There’s been an incredible amount of activity and hype in the one year following the introduction of the term AJAX.  But AJAX is really just a term for technology that had been around for some time.  Microsoft led the development of the technology behind AJAX with it’s introduction of Outlook Web Access.One year later, after looking over a list of companies using AJAX and ‘Web 2.0’ technology, it’s a little disappointing to see that Wikipedia, Flickr, del.icio.us, and Gmail are still leading the list and the rest of the sites are much smaller and don’t command much name recognition.  I think the bottom line is that there’s been a lot of talk, but AJAX development hasn’t gone mainstream yet.  One reason has been that AJAX has not at all been easy to use — Javascript and the underlying document DOM models are very quirky, inconsistent, and difficult to debug because of a lack of good tools.That may be changing.  This week eWeek has an article about the AJAX craze.  New developer tools are popping up everywhere.IBM is leading a group of companies that are collaborating on a new initiative called Open AJAX.  The supporters include BEA Systems, Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Google, Mozilla, Oracle, and others.  Absent from this list is Microsoft.  That’s probably because Microsoft is working on its own AJAX toolkit for .Net called Atlas.  And that’s not to say that Open AJAX members have all signed up to speak with one consistent voice. Yahoo announces its User Interface Library Controls. It includes Design Patterns and Higher-level DOM and Event managers.  It looks very interesting.Tibco has announced the Tibco General Interface AJAX toolkit is now free.  Oracle’s JDeveloper 10g IDE comes now with AJAX enhancements.  There’s also the Zapatec AJAX Suite.  And Sun has had AJAX technology in its Studio Creator product for some time.One might suspect that these kinds of initiatives will put stress on browsers to evolve by introducing new features, further pushing the browser envelope.  That’s probably a good thing.  But with two or more competing camps, this is likely to lead to even more browser incompatibilities.  Another chapter to the browser wars may be starting.Why I bring up AJAX and Web 2.0 is that at Formtek we are looking to see how to best bridge the gap between our client-server and web technology applications.  Are the new AJAX tools relevent for our development, and could some of this newer technology make the browser more feature-rich and responsive.  I think the answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’.  There’s a lot that AJAX brings to the developer, but there are still limitations imposed by the browser environment where it runs.Moving a client-server application to a thin-client browser-based paradigm has had its challenges.  Managing information stored as document and records involves intensive interaction and collaboration that is file-based.  The standard browser has  limitations involved with the upload and download of files that can prove to be very frustrating in creating apps that are as interactive and productive for users as the client-server versions of the apps.  This is especially true when we’re talking about a large number of files.  Despite all the usability issues being addressed with AJAX, file handling restrictions still apply — Applets or ActiveX workarounds appear to be currently the only options.last_img read more

Tonight You Are Rich

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now On his program, Born to Win, Zig Ziglar reminds us that we are already rich. He asks you if you would give up your eyes for $1,000,000. Of cource you wouldn’t trade your sight for money. He asks if you’d give up your legs for that same amount. You wouldn’t. You are already rich.But you are rich for other reasons, too.Tonight you are with people who love you. Tonight you are with your family and friends. Together, you share the joy of the season with the people who matter most. This means you have all of the riches in the world. You have all that really matters.But there are some who are alone. There are some who are suffering. Where you are rich, they are poor. Remember them tonight and tomorrow. If it is in your power to do something to ease their suffering, do it. Even if you aren’t rich when measured in dollars, you are rich in other ways, and you can make a difference.last_img read more

They are leaving a ‘sinking ship’: Aparna Sen on Bengali actors joining BJP

first_imgA day after several Bengali actors joined the BJP, noted film-maker Aparna Sen on Friday said they were leaving a “sinking ship” and drifting towards power. The actors were with the CPI(M) when it was in power, rallied behind Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee when she took over the reins of the State and are switching over to the BJP when it is gaining ground, she told PTI in an interview. On Thursday, several Bengali actors, including Parno Mittra, Rishi Kaushik, Kanchana Moitra and Rupanjana Mitra, joined the BJP at its headquarters in the presence of the Party’s West Bengal unit head Dilip Ghosh and senior functionary Mukul Roy.“Now that Mamata is slowly losing ground and the BJP is gaining, they are going to the BJP. Where there is power, they will go. There are people like that. I don’t care about them, I don’t think about them,” Ms. Sen, who is in Delhi for the premiere of her film “Ghawre Baire Aaj”, said. “People leave the sinking ship and go where the power is. It’s a common human instinct,” she added. Over the years, the TMC has been fielding several Bengali superstars as candidates for elections. Superstar Dev won the Lok Sabha polls for the second term this year, while actors Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty debuted in Parliament this time. Ms. Sen, who is known for being vocal on socio-political issues, said Hindi film stars have to think about the wider range of audience they cater to and that’s why they don’t publicise their political stands. “If they are seen to have any political colour, then they will have a problem,” the 73-year-old said. She said the BJP is “gaining ground” in West Bengal due to the failure of the Trinamool government and the lack of a viable alternative. “I don’t think they (people of Bengal) see any alternative actually at the moment because TMC government also has failed them and the Left, for all practical purposes, doesn’t exist anymore and Congress is also hardly there.” “But I think the Left and the Congress need to rise again. Because apart from anything else we need a strong Opposition,” she added. Ms. Sen was one of the many celebrities who campaigned against the Left government during the Nandigram and Singur movement, which helped the TMC come to power in 2011. In 2006-07, there were mass protests against the then Left State government over land acquisition for a Tata Nano factory in Singur and a chemical hub in Nandigram. The multi-lingual actor-director, who has made films such as “36 Chowringhee Lane” and “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, said in response to a question that she has always been a strong critic of Ms. Banerjee and had never supported her politically.“I didn’t support her cause. I was only against the massacre in Nandigram. I was not supporting Mamata’s cause. I was against uprooting of people in Singur when there was a land just opposite, where that could have been done [the Tata Nano factory]. “That was along with many other people, not just me. Nobody supported Mamata. Mamata happened to be the vote catcher and she took advantage of that situation. In fact, I have criticised Mamata many times publicly,” the National Award-winning director said. Asked if she has ever raised her concerns with Ms. Banerjee personally, Ms. Sen said she doesn’t have direct access to the Chief Minister. Ms. Sen recently met agitating junior doctors in Kolkata along with other civil society members and also visited the violence-hit Bhatpara area.Are her political activities were helping the BJP gain ground?“No, not at all. I talk to the people Bhatpara and we heard complaints both about BJP and about TMC. We heard a lot of complaints about Arjun Singh (the local BJP MP from Barrackpore). I have all those videos.” Ms. Sen was speaking on the sidelines of the Jagran Film Festival, where her political thriller “Ghawre Baire Aaj” premiered. The film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel ‘Ghare Baire’ portrays a love triangle in the backdrop of the current political situation in the country.last_img read more