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Kin Lane recently wrote a couple of blogs about why copyrighting an API is not common. I couldn’t agree more that copyrighting APIs is uncommon. First of all, the API definition is just an interface (It is the implementation detail that is important, and needs to be guarded), so it doesn’t make any sense to copyright an interface. (It is almost like copyrighting a pretty face ). Secondly, the whole idea of exposing an API is you are looking for others to finish the work you started by just providing the plumbing work. Why would anyone want to get involved with a copyrighted API and finish your work for you? Kin Lane says, “API copyright would prevent the reuse and remix of common or successful API patterns within a space. We are at a point where aggregating common, popular APIs into single, standardized interfaces is emerging as the next evolution in web and mobil... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Where Are RIA Technologies Headed in 2008?

I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning? "Because they can only give you answers." Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application pioneers are thinking may be the next questions that we need to see answered. From that readers can themselves infer where AJAX is headed. What are the top questions to ask next about AJAX? Eric Miraglia of Yahoo! 1.  (From March'08) How do I calculate the ROI of building my RIA on the iPhone SDK vs using AJAX? 2.  How do I assess the performance of my app and decide what to do next to make it faster?  3.  When it comes to accessibility, how do I know what's required of me for my rich web apps?  Beyond what's required, what makes good business se... (more)

Making Mashups Safe: Introducing CrossFrame

Julien Lecomte, who currently works on Yahoo!'s DHTML Evangelist team, is a member of the distinguished Speaker Faculty at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East, to be held in New York City (March 18-20, 2008), where his session will be entitled "High Performance AJAX Applications." According to my Yahoo! co-worker Douglas Crockford, Mashups are the most interesting advancement in software development in decades. They are also unsafe in the current generation of browsers. Lately, Douglas has been spending some time convincing the main browser vendors that mashups need to be made safe, wrote a proposal, and even mentioned Google Gears as a potential solution to the problem. While fixing the browser is the right thing to do, web developers are confronted with this problem today, and cannot afford to wait 5 years for a definitive solution. Existing solution... (more)

Nexaweb Expands its Enterprise Web 2.0 and SOA Leadership with HP Governance Interoperability Framework Membership

Nexaweb announced its membership to the HP Governance Interoperability Framework (GIF). GIF provides a collaborative, standards-based approach for publishing, associating, accessing and managing service-oriented architecture (SOA) metadata and business service information across multiple vendors and technologies. Nexaweb’s membership to HP GIF bridges the gap between SOA and application development, which helps to make it easier to build Web-based business applications using governed services from a central repository. Using Nexaweb’s Enterprise Web Suite, enterprise architects and developers can quickly search and retrieve artifacts and services from the HP SOA Systinet and use those services to build and deploy governed, rich Internet, composite and enterprise mashup applications. “Organizations realize they must capitalize on their SOA initia... (more)

Cloud Player: Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer Rackspace Part 2

Yesterday, we premiered Part 1 of our interview with Robert Scoble. In Part 2, our conversation extended to the way megacloud providers are influencing the development of the cloud computing industry, the changes occurring in IT, the importance of AWS, and much more. Techguru and Rackspace Startup Liason Officer Robert Scoble shares his thoughts with Gathering Clouds. GC: Has Google, Amazon, and HP entering the hosting/cloud space, changed the way this space works? If so, to what degree? RS:  First of all, there are still a lot of old enterprises that are resisting cloud and are scared of it. I think this is an outdated perspective. The cloud is here – it’s the future, and it’s something these companies better take seriously. Whether you’re going with Rackspace or Amazon or Google or Microsoft, if you’re not looking at cloud and thinking about cloud and working on ... (more)

File Sharing +1 : Harnessing Google’s Cloud Collaboration Architecture

This article forms the final part of our white paper Going Google Enterprise. It completes the document as our first version 1.00, and will be added to on an ongoing basis, acting as a showcase of the Google Cloud solutions ecosystem. Social Intranet – Implementing an Enterprise 2.0 strategy on Google Apps Although the headline message of our white paper is that Google offers a full suite of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services, quite uniquely so in the industry, our first major benefits point focuses on Google Apps. Google’s collaboration suite is more or less a pound for pound competitor to Microsoft’s entire office and collaboration suite, from Word processor through MS Sharepoint, Exchange and Lync, and is so for only $50 per annum per user. This means it is a very compelling switch to consider even just financially, but then on top of that there is ... (more)

"Mobile Web 2.0" – How Web 2.0 Impacts Mobility & Digital Convergence

This is a series of three articles – the first (this one) outlining the significance of Web 2.0 technologies, the second article discussing the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on mobility and the final article on the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on digital convergence. If you are already familiar with Web 2.0, my goal, in a nutshell (no pun intended!) is to extend Tim O Reilly’s seven principles to mobility and digital convergence. Thus, I will not attempt to add to the body of knowledge in terms of basic Web 2.0 concepts themselves. I would rather prefer to build on some of the excellent work done on the subject from folk such as Tim O Reilly, Richard McManus and others. I will use their work as a background and extrapolate the basic Web 2.0 principles to mobility and digital convergence (areas which I am more familiar with). My approach will be to ask a series o... (more)

AJAX Seminar Speaker Line-Up Announced, New Dates Added

MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/15/06 -- SYS-CON Events ( announced today the speaker line-up for the upcoming "Real-World AJAX" ( one-day seminars, added new venues; April 24, 2006 San Jose, CA; June 5-6, 2006, New York City; and October 2-3, 2006, Santa Clara, CA. SYS-CON will announce four more dates in March for Toronto, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. The March 13, New York, and April 24, San Jose events are exclusively sponsored by the world's leading AJAX technology providers: Adobe, telerik, Backbase, Tibco/Perficient, and Microsoft. The sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming seminars will be made available on March 13, 2006 during the New York City event. Distinguished faculty of the "Real-World AJAX" East and West Coast seminars includes the following technology leaders and well-known present... (more)

Gartner Rates AJAX As Key Emerging Technology in 2006

Gartner announced its 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle which assesses the maturity, impact and adoption speed of 36 key technologies and trends during the next ten years. This year’s hype cycle highlights three major themes that are experiencing significant activity and which include new or heavily hyped technologies, where organisations may be uncertain as to which will have most impact on their business. The three key technology themes identified by Gartner, and the corresponding technologies for enterprises to examine closely within them, are: 1. Web 2.0 Web 2.0 represents a broad collection of recent trends in Internet technologies and business models.  Particular focus has been given to user-created content, lightweight technology, service-based access and shared revenue models.  Technologies rated by Gartner as having transformational, high or moder... (more)

Making Great Mapping Mashups Using Adobe Flex

This article is based on a presentation that I made at the Adobe Flex seminar in August 2006 (, after which the master of ceremonies Jeremy Geelan asked me to explain how to make great mapping mashups using Adobe Flex. My name is Mansour Raad. I'm the senior software architect of ESRI's ArcWeb Services. ESRI ( is a provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). On any given day, more than one million people around the world use ESRI's GIS to improve the way their organizations conduct business. A geographic information system is a system for management, analysis, and display of geographic knowledge, which is represented using a series of information sets such as maps and globes, geographic data sets, processing and work flow models, data models, and metadata. A GIS can produce information that answers specific questions and allow... (more)