Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Pat Romanski, Jason Bloomberg, Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan, William Schmarzo

RSS Feed Item

Will Rich Internet Become Rich Man’s Internet?

The Web is one of the most important technological as well as social/cultural developments in our life. Its global impact is rooted in its openness and its capability to evolve on a democratic basis.

However, I have concerns. I’m concerned about the significant corporate interests driving towards “unweb”. Not to pick on video, but to use video as an example. Video, the most recent hotspot on the web, largely relies on Adobe’s Flash technology. Not that Flash is not good. On the contrast, it is well designed and implemented as a technology. It enabled the possibility of Internet Video and we should be thankful. However, it is a platform controlled by a single entity (Adobe). We should trust our future in the collective will of the society instead of the goodwill of a benevolent dictator. Another example, the area that I’ve dedicated ten years of my life to, Rich Internet Application, is causing some great concern to me. Adobe is pushing Flex (Adobe’s markup, Adobe’s runtime platform), Microsoft is pushing Sliverlight (Microsoft’s markup and Microsoft’s runtime platform)and Sun is pushing for JavaFX (yet another scripting language invented from scratch - why?). Will Rich Internet become “rich man’s Internet”? Will Rich Internet become the onset of “unweb”?

It looks like so at the moment.

The web consists of millions of people scattered in every corner of this planet. How can we come together to have our voices be heard? How can we, as a community, act together to influence the future of the web?

OpenAjax Alliance has been working on this. After months of work, OpenAjax Runtime Task Force is close to come up a wish list for browser vendors to consider. This is a result of the collective work and contribution from many people within OpenAjax Alliance (in particular, the OpenAjax Runtime Task Force) as well as people who are not member of OpenAjax Alliance. In particular, the people that I need to acknowledge and thank them for their contributions are:

Alex Russell, Douglas Crockford, Joe Walker, Dylan Schiemann, Jack Slocum, Jon Ferraiolo, Kin Blas, Howard weingram, Yehuda Katz, etc.

OpenAjax Runtime Wish List:

Feature Priority Wiki page
Security features
Better Security for Cross-site Scripts (coming later) Better Security for Cross-site Scripts
Stronger Cross-site Request Forgery Protection (coming later) Stronger Cross-site Request Forgery Protection
Better IFrames Better Sandboxing (coming later) Better IFrames Better Sandboxing
Client-server communications features
“The Two HTTP Connection Limit” Issue (coming later) The Two HTTP Connection Limit Issue
“Persistent Connections” Issue (coming later) Persistent Connections Issue
HTML5/W3C features
2D Drawing/Vector Graphics (coming later) 2D Drawing/Vector Graphics
Video and Audio (coming later) Video and Audio
Offline Support (coming later) Offline Support
Mutation Events (coming later) Mutation Events
XPath Support (coming later) XPath Support
Component Model XBL HTC (coming later) Component Model XBL HTC
Rendering/interaction/event handling features
Better Support for Rich Text Editing (coming later) Rich Text Editing
Better APIs about positioning and styling (coming later) Better APIs Positioning Styling
Better UI Layout Support (coming later) Better UI Layout
IE 6 and IE 7: “overflow: auto” problem (coming later) IE’s overflow:auto problem
Event Transparency API (coming later) Event Transparency API
Event notification for “content overflow” (coming later) onOverflow Event
Performance features
“Array” Operation Performance In All Browsers (coming later) “Array” Operation Performance
HTML DOM Operation Performance In General (coming later) DOM Performance
Calculating Computed Box Model and Style (coming later) Computed Box Model and Style
JavaScript features
IE: Array’s Can’t Be Usefully Sub-classed (coming later) IE “Array” Sub-classing
Other features
Hashes for DOM elements and associated API (coming later) Client_Element_Hash
Ajax toolkit caching (coming later) Ajax Toolkit Caching
Better testing support (coming later) Better Testing Support
CSS Object Model (coming later) CSS Object Model

The voting is open now. We hope to get as many people to voice their opinions as possible. Please go and vote at http://www.openajax.org/runtime/wiki/Main_Page.

Read the original blog entry...

CloudEXPO Stories
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker containers gain prominence. He explored these challenges and how to address them, while considering how containers will influence the direction of cloud computing.
In today's always-on world, customer expectations have changed. Competitive differentiation is delivered through rapid software innovations, the ability to respond to issues quickly and by releasing high-quality code with minimal interruptions. DevOps isn't some far off goal; it's methodologies and practices are a response to this demand. The demand to go faster. The demand for more uptime. The demand to innovate. In this keynote, we will cover the Nutanix Developer Stack. Built from the foundation of software-defined infrastructure, Nutanix has rapidly expanded into full application lifecycle management across any infrastructure or cloud .Join us as we delve into how the Nutanix Developer Stack makes it easy to build hybrid cloud applications by weaving DBaaS, micro segmentation, event driven lifecycle operations, and both financial and cloud governance together into a single unified st...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, Inc., put cognitive computing into perspective with its value to the business. The session detailed what it takes to build a cognitive application and the types of solutions that are the best fit for this data-driven approach.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examining how the Internet and the cloud has allowed for the democratization of IT, resulting in an increased demand for the cloud and the drive to develop new ways to utilize it.
"Cloud computing is certainly changing how people consume storage, how they use it, and what they use it for. It's also making people rethink how they architect their environment," stated Brad Winett, Senior Technologist for DDN Storage, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.