Nexaweb contributes code to the Dojo JavaScript Toolkit

by Dio Synodinos on Jun 03, 2008 |

Nexaweb has contributed new software to the Dojo Foundation that aims to advance the use of open source AJAX technology within a company's critical business applications. The software, dubbed 'dojo.E' is a set of extensions to the Dojo Toolkit, that bring XML into Dojo components and a new API for managing DOM modifications based on user interaction. From the original announcement:

Ajax, while powerful, has not been as quickly adopted among the enterprise development community largely due to its unstructured nature.  dojo.E addresses this need through a structured XML-oriented application model that offers a non-intrusive way for developers to add Ajax constructs into web applications without having to rewrite HTML applications.

Nexaweb further claims that:

The combination of the Dojo Toolkit and dojo.E will significantly reduce the development time and costs of building enterprise web applications without requiring developers master JavaScript or Ajax or rebuild applications from scratch.

dojo.E tools include dojo.E Markup and dojo.E Runtime.  dojo.E Markup brings extensible markup language (XML) into dojo components so that developers have a clear understanding of how information will be interpreted and displayed on the page.  dojo.E Runtime provides a programmatic and declarative means for executing the Document Object Model (DOM), an application programming interface that defines the logical structure and display of documents.   dojo.E Runtime tries to assist developers in having a more definitive way for executing the DOM page modifications as the user interacts with the elements being displayed on the screen.

The dojo.E project will continue with the contribution of widgets and tools to the Dojo Foundation that aim to simplify the development and maintenance of dynamic enterprise web applications.

With the contribution from Nexaweb, Dojo further enforced it position as one of the leading Javascript toolkits, with several high profile implementations and good documentation. Moreover the simultaneous publication of three new books for Dojo this month, has the potential to make AJAX programming less of a black art and bring it closer to the enterprise.

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