This news item reframes the question of how and why to select an AJAX framework or toolkit to reflect contemporary applications and points to both a selection criterion matrix and a Web site that provides critical information useful for making this important decision.
Eric Nelson, a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and Technical Editor of MSDN UK Flash, has compiled a list of 23 .NET open source projects mostly based on recommendations sent by UK developers. Other great projects did not make it into the list, while Microsoft’s contribution include: ASP.NET MVC, DLR, IronRuby, IronPython, MEF.
The .NET RIA Services team has published their release plan starting with a CTP in July and ending with RTW during the first part of 2010. These dates are not set in concrete since changes may appear due to user feedback.
FireAtlas is an extension to Firebug dedicated to ASP.NET AJAX debugging through providing PageRequestManager tracing and partial update inspection.
Gizmox announces the release of a free preview version of its Visual WebGui, version 6.4, product. VWG promises a point-and-click tool for RIA development (DHTML or Silverlight) that requires no HTML, CSS, or XAML coding; and that can be integrated with Photoshop, Expression Blend, and Flash CS.
Often times when transferring persistent entities outside of the JVM you must strip off persistence related information or modifications. Gilead, formerly Hibernate4GWT, aims to ease that process and handle the heavy lifting.
In this session filmed during QCon London 2008, Joe Walker presents Comet, a long polling AJAX method used for updating the browser’s page, and DWR, a Java library for writing web sites using AJAX.
Instantiations has released WindowBuilder Pro 7.0, a Java GUI builder, and which recently won the "Best commercial Eclipse-based developer tool" category at EclipseCon 2009. Updates to 7.0 include UI Factories and Nebula widget integration, along with Swing Data Binding and GWT-Ext widgets.
Yesterday, Microsoft released .Net RIA Services which was mostly in stealth mode until now. In his presentation at MIX 09, Nikhil Kothari, explained "n-tier development and architecture is hard and un-natural. Our goal is to bring ASP.NET / RAD style productivity to RIA developmend"
Fiddler is a free proxy that logs HTTP(S) traffic, allowing developers to inspect requests and responses, set breakpoints, and tamper with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler also includes an event-based scripting subsystem and can be extended using any .NET language. A simple but powerful example of Fiddler's utility can be seen when trying to get a complete view of a site's AJAX traffic.
InfoQ recently conducted a virtual panel on the current and future state of RIA and Ajax technologies. The panel features a number of valued contributors to the community including Dion Almaer, Jnan Dash, Didier Girard, Peter Pilgrim, Tim Sneath, and Ryan Stewart.
For developers interested in building multi-channel-capable applications which are pre-integrated with enterprise technologies, Oracle has launched its Rich Enterprise Application (REA) site. There it features a set of Rich Client JSF Components which are part of its Application Development Framework (ADF).
Eclipse RAP (Rich Ajax Platform) in the real world is covered in this case study which looks at how CAS Software AG used RAP on a recent new product offering. Eclipse Equinox is also used by CAS and covered in the case study.