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As IBM Jumps On Board, There's Just No Stopping AJAX Now

AJAX Will Define the Entire i-Technology Year In 2006

Among all the terms cited by SYS-CON's worldwide network of software development activists, evangelists, and executives, when in December we conducted our annual look ahead at i-Technology, the two that cropped up most often were "IE7"...and "AJAX."

Here is a sample of who predicted what about AJAX in 2006:

MITCHELL KERTZMAN: founder and CEO of Powersoft, now at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

"Rich application interfaces, including (but not exclusively) AJAX.  Enterprise developers/IT managers have finally realized that the browser interface was a step backward to the 3270 and forms mode. That was good enough for a while, but not anymore."



JIM MILBERY: CTO for Chicago Growth Partners

"IE gets new life out of the proliferation of AJAX. More high-profile sites are going to adopt AJAX as a means of extending the life of the browser in the near term. We may even see the return of some application-development tools around AJAX (something more than just component libraries)."


J P MORGENTHAL: managing partner for the IT consultancy Avorcor

 "AJAX: We will see the rise of even stronger support for more powerful portable client-based applications based on Web protocols."




ERIC NEWCOMER: CTO, IONA Technologies

"AJAX will become established as the solution for 'browsers for SOA' but it will not solve the problem of how you access all the data still contained in legacy environments, which still need to be service enabled – with their mission critical qualities of service preserved."




PETER ZADROZNY: CTO, StrongMail

"
AJAX will be adopted like wildfire."



PETER YARED: CEO and Founder of "enterprise LAMP" specialist ActiveGrid

"Since lightweight architecture is the best way to build rich AJAX applications that tie together services, 2006 will be the year of lightweight servers, whether it is LAMP, lightweight Java (Tomcat, Struts, Spring, Hibernate), Ruby on Rails, or a thinned down .NET. 

Sun is going to have to finally address both scripting and open source with Java, as more and more developers move from J2EE to scripting languages and lightweight servers."




Next Page: "Thin Clients, AJAX, and a Goat"

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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