Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Ashish Nanjiani, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: ColdFusion, Machine Learning

ColdFusion: Article

AJAX & RIA Journal Special: Results of OpenAjax Alliance's Browser Feature Wish List

AJAX community ranks vector graphics as top request

4. The Top Requested Features

 

Among all the feature requests, 2D Drawing/Vector Graphics is clearly the most desired feature by the community. It received most votes (110 people voted for it), and highest total score (842, over 10% higher than the 2nd feature request). The 2nd top feature request is enhanced security for cross-site scripts. The third one is HTML DOM performance.

 

The following table shows the top 10 features:

 

Feature

Total

(#Votes x Avg Vote)

# Votes

Avg Vote (0-10)

2D Drawing/Vector Graphics

842

110

7.65

Better Security for Cross-site Scripts

759

102

7.44

Better APIs about positioning and styling

748

99

7.56

HTML DOM Operation Performance In General

742

92

8.07

Better Support for Rich Text Editing

693

102

6.79

The Two HTTP Connection Limit Issue

690

98

7.04

Better UI Layout Support

689

96

7.18

Native JSON Parsing

688

107

6.43

Persistent Connections Issue

649

95

6.83

Video and Audio

639

99

6.46

 

Here are some general themes that emerge from the runtime initiative:

  • Graphics – The top vote getter was 2D Drawing/Vector Graphics. Ajax developers today are achieving astoundingly rich graphics effects through clever techniques leveraging JavaScript, CSS, images, and whatever vector graphics features they can find (usually, SVG, VML and Canvas), but browser differences are a major pain point among Ajax developers. Mozilla, WebKit and Opera support both Canvas and SVG with good interoperability (although Mozilla does not yet support SVG animations). IE is the holdout. The call-to-action is for all browsers, particularly IE, to support both of the industry standards for 2D vector graphics, SVG (the DOM-based standard) and Canvas (the procedural-based standard).

  • Security – Web security is an important topic for leading Ajax developers. The second top vote getter was Better Security for Cross-Site Scripts (XSS), but other security requests also receiving high votes, such as Strong Cross-Site Request Forgery Protection (which it turns out was the 11th top voter-getter). The perception of the moderators is that it’s not just XSS, but that the community cares about all aspects of ensuring that the Web is secure, and in fact more secure than it is today. Recently, Mozilla has authored a proposal that might help make the Web more secure: http://people.mozilla.com/~bsterne/site-security-policy/. Note that Native JSON Parsing can be considered a security feature because without it Web developers are more inclined to use JavaScript eval() to process JSON data, which might allow for XSS attacks.

  • Better low-level CSS and DOM support for layout – Two of the top vote-getters were Better APIs for positioning and styling  and Better UI Layout Support. These requests come from the widget developers within Ajax toolkit projects who design Ajax-based UI controls by taking advantage of what the browser gives them, such as DOM, CSS, images, and table layout. They often run into walls, and their jobs could be much easier (and performance much faster) if the browser included a small number of additional (relatively small) features, such as stretchable layout (e.g., flexbox in XUL) and the ability to determine the location and size of objects (and containers) within the page.

  • Performance – The top vote-getter in the performance area was HTML DOM Performance in General. In discussions over the past year with leading Ajax developers, the moderators believe that the Ajax community wants performance improvements in all aspects of the browser runtime, including DOM, JavaScript, and rendering, but DOM performance was singled out by the community because Ajax toolkit developers have found that DOM access is the top performance barrier today. The key high-level message is keep making the browsers faster, but even blazingly fast JavaScript isn’t going to help if making DOM calls is too slow.

  • Rich text editing – Various people in the Ajax community want to move desktop-like document editing into the browser. However, the contributors to this feature request did not outline a detailed strategy for how to accomplish this in future browser. The takeaway is that the Ajax community wants Better Support for Rich Text Editing , and hopefully one of the browser teams will push the envelope in this direction and send standards proposals so that the other browsers can also provide this functionality.

  • Comet (server push) – Two of the top vote-getters were The Two HTTP Connection Limit Issue and Persistent Connections Issue. The underlying requirement is that many Ajax applications, such as dashboards, require an efficient and robust mechanism for having the server send data to the client on an event-driven basis. Today, server push in Ajax is often accomplished using “Comet” techniques such as long-lived HTTP connections, but the Ajax community would prefer if server push was a native browser feature.

  • Video and AudioVideo and Audio also receiving strong support, coming in as the 10th-most requested feature.

 

5. New Features (too late for voting)

Participants identified the following 6 new features, which were added to the wiki too late for the voting process, which means that we were not able to poll the community to determine relative importance versus other features:

 

 

6. Next Steps

The next step is to communicate with browser vendors.  We have had calls with some of the browser vendors such as Microsoft IE team during Phase I.   OpenAjax Alliance will try to get in touch (or continue) the dialog with browser vendors to convey what the community is looking for.

 

7. Conclusion

Ajax is becoming at core for developing web applications. The stake associated with Ajax runtime environments is higher than ever.

The open community process works. Despite various challenges, the community demonstrated strong interest for a better ecosystem for Ajax going forward.

The list of feature requests makes a lot of sense from the web development community point of view. They range from security, performance, Comet, CSS, etc. Some of them do overlap with features that are being specified by other initiatives such as HTML 5 and SVG.   They will empower web developers to deliver much better applications over the web, and significantly enhance the power of the web.

Although we have identified the top 10 feature requests, the browser teams should study the entire list because all features might represent critical requirements or are just great ideas for advancing the Web. It is possible that some of the features that received fewer votes are critical to a particular but important niche or that only a subset of participants are close enough to the bleeding edge to see an impending but critical requirement.

It is worth pointing out that “vector graphics” is voted as the top request. It is time for all browser vendors to support standard vector graphics. Vector graphics support is highly scattered today. Open standards such as SVG and Canvas are supported by some browsers but not the others. The community is clearly demanding this feature, putting it even above security and performance.

 

8. Acknowledgements

The following is a partial list of people whose contributions made significant difference for this initiative.

Alex Russell (Dojo Foundation), Jack Slocum (Ext JS), Joe Walker (DWR), Douglas Crockford (Yahoo), Dylan Schiemann (Dojo and Sitepen), Bertrand Le Roy (Microsoft), Kris Zyp (Sitepen), Andrew Dupont (Prototype), Sam Lie (jQuery), Yehuda Katz (jQuery),  Krishna Sankar (Cisco), Brad Neuberg(Google), Greg Wilkins (Webtide).

OpenAjax Runtime Task Force members are:  Coach Wei (Chair, Nexaweb), Bertrand Le Roy (Microsoft), Jon Ferraiolo (IBM), Adam Peller (IBM), Haik Sahakian (Fidelity), Ted Goddard (IceSoft), Simone Fabiano (LightStreamer), and Krishna Sankar (Cisco).

Special thanks to Jon Ferraiolo (IBM) for coordinating and implementing the site infrastructure that made this initiative possible.

More Stories By Coach Wei

Coach Wei is founder and CEO of Yottaa, a web performance optimization company. He is also founder and Chairman of Nexaweb, an enterprise application modernization software company. Coding, running, magic, robot, big data, speed...are among his favorite list of things (not necessarily in that order. His coding capability is really at PowerPoint level right now). Caffeine, doing something entrepreneurial and getting out of sleeping are three reasons that he gets up in the morning and gets really excited.

Comments (1) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
radixweb 08/14/08 02:30:40 AM EDT

Hey,

It's great post...

Thanks.....

@CloudExpo Stories
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business...
SYS-CON Events announced today that GrapeUp, the leading provider of rapid product development at the speed of business, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market acr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ayehu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. Ayehu provides IT Process Automation & Orchestration solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication, and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infras...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datanami has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datanami is a communication channel dedicated to providing insight, analysis and up-to-the-minute information about emerging trends and solutions in Big Data. The publication sheds light on all cutting-edge technologies including networking, storage and applications, and the...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...
SYS-CON Events announced today that EnterpriseTech has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. EnterpriseTech is a professional resource for news and intelligence covering the migration of high-end technologies into the enterprise and business-IT industry, with a special focus on high-tech solutions in new product development, workload management, increased effi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SourceForge has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SourceForge is the largest, most trusted destination for Open Source Software development, collaboration, discovery and download on the web serving over 32 million viewers, 150 million downloads and over 460,000 active development projects each and every month.
In this presentation, Striim CTO and founder Steve Wilkes will discuss practical strategies for counteracting fraud and cyberattacks by leveraging real-time streaming analytics. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Steve Wilkes, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Striim, will provide a detailed look into leveraging streaming data management to correlate events in real time, and identify potential breaches across IoT and non-IoT systems throughout the enterprise. Strategies for processing massive ...
"Our strategy is to focus on the hyperscale providers - AWS, Azure, and Google. Over the last year we saw that a lot of developers need to learn how to do their job in the cloud and we see this DevOps movement that we are catering to with our content," stated Alessandro Fasan, Head of Global Sales at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We focus on composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure has been named by companies like Gartner as the evolution of the IT infrastructure where everything is now driven by software," explained Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy named "Bronze Sponsor" of 21st International Cloud Expo which will take place October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud com...
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
"Tintri focuses on the Ops side of the DevOps, which basically is pushing more and more of the accessibility of the infrastructure to the developers and trying to get behind the scenes," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We do one of the best file systems in the world. We learned how to deal with Big Data many years ago and we implemented this knowledge into our software," explained Jakub Ratajczak, Business Development Manager at MooseFS, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.