March 21, 2007 4:00 AM PDT
Adobe's Apollo looks to one-up Ajax
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The strengths of different development tools may go a long way to determining the relative popularity of Ajax or other browser plug-in technologies.
OpenLaszlo, for example, is an open-source development tool designed to build Flash or Ajax-style rich Internet applications.
Monson-Haefel said that Ajax has significant vendor support and has captured the most "mind share" of Web developers. Java, although the most mature, suffers from people's poor experiences with applets which ran in browsers when Java first came out in the 1990s, he said.
"It's going to be fun and interesting to see where Ajax will go because people keep pushing the envelope," he said. "We're seeing a lot of people experiment, so we haven't see the full potential of Ajax."
Meanwhile, the newest entrants into the rich Internet applications race--Microsoft's WPF/E and Apollo--will require end users to download a new browser plug-in to run applications.
Developers can take advantage of the offline capabilities of Apollo to do things like notify people working on a shared document that an update has been done, Treitman noted.
"It's got a lot of potential. We have to see how users react to it," he said.
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