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OpenAjax ­ Fulfilling AJAX's Promise One would think that an industry would slow down as it matures, but the Web has proven to be just the opposite. Innovations are happening at breakneck speed. Companies have to move faster than ever to keep up and survive. AJAX is clearly a case in point. The term "AJAX" was first mentioned publicly in February 2005 by Jesse James Garrett. But roughly 18 months later, we have hundreds of companies delivering AJAX products, dozens of AJAX open source projects, and nearly everyone in the industry planning to adopt AJAX techniques as part of their future Web development strategies. OpenAjax ­ How It Was Born In late 2005, thanks largely to the globetrotting of David Boloker, IBM's CTO of Emerging Internet Technologies, a small number of leading companies brainstormed about how to ensure that AJAX fulfills its potential as the industry ... (more)

When Does AJAX Make Business Sense?

Hard-nosed executives recognize that there are costs associated with any benefit. To convince today's upper-level decision makers to approve strategic investments, they need to hear more than phrases like "essential to the business," "the results are too unpredictable," and "yields intangible benefits." In the world of Web development, the move from HTML to AJAX-powered HTML can often be achieved at a relatively low cost, but there are both direct and indirect costs associated with AJAX that must be taken into account. A close analysis of these factors will enable business manage... (more)

Introducing OpenAjax Hub 1.0

The OpenAjax Alliance is 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. This article introduces the alliance's first major technical product, OpenAjax Hub 1.0. The OpenAjax Hub is a set of standard JavaScript that, when included with an AJAX-powered Web application, promotes the ability for multiple AJAX toolkits to work together on the same page. The central feature of the OpenAjax Hub is its publish/subscribe event manager (the "pub/sub manage... (more)

Good News for AJAX – The Browser Wars Are Back!

After years of dominance by a single browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), and few advances within IE, the world has changed. There is now healthy competition among multiple browsers over standards compliance, AJAX features, AJAX performance and trustworthy computing. The competition is reaching beyond the desktop to include the emerging world of mobile browsing. This healthy competition will result in important new capabilities within AJAX toolkits and will help accelerate the adoption of Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 technologies. The Era of the Single Browser Is Over For m... (more)

AJAX and Mashup Security

This article provides an introduction to some of the security threats associated with AJAX technologies, particularly when used within mashup scenarios, and then offers a list of recommended best practices. Understanding the Same-Origin Policy One of the foundations of Web security is the "same-origin" policy, which is widely implemented by Web browsers, including the most popular ones (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera). Browsers implement the same-origin policy as a protection mechanism in order to isolate Web applications coming from different domains, under t... (more)