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Wednesday, February 7
Stuart Jones

Building Web Applications With AJAX

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Building Web Applications With AJAX

Companies that carved out a competitive edge in the 1990's through innovative software applications face a different challenge in the new millennium: their clients want instant access to these applications via the web. When evaluating a number of equally capable software solutions, clients are increasingly choosing web-based solutions that require no installation on client machines and provide instant access from virtually any location. Re-architecting an existing software solution for the web is a difficult task given the static nature of HTML vs. the dynamic nature of most user interfaces. The AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) technique can help overcome the limitations of pure HTML to create feature-rich user interfaces matching those of most client/server-based applications. This presentation looks at the basics of how AJAX works and offers a survey of the different toolkits that provide an AJAX platform for web applications. We will compare and contrast the Microsoft XMLHTTP object, a few of the AJAX frameworks currently available and the newer Atlas framework.The talk also presents some recent web-enabled applications that relied on AJAX for their novel approaches to web user experiences. The emphasis will be on the practical aspects of AJAX so that attendees will be able to use this exciting technique in their own web applications to create powerful web-based user interfaces.

Photo of Stuart Jones Stuart Jones is president of Berwick Heights Software. With over twenty years of software development experience, Stuart offers in-depth expertise in service oriented architecture (SOA), web services (REST, SOAP, WS-*), web-enabled applications, object oriented design, message queuing, streaming media and database design. Dr. Jones also provides consulting services in the areas of business requirements gathering, product design and offers training in Microsoft .Net technologies. Before starting his consulting career, Dr. Jones worked on distributed systems applications for Apollo Computer and was a key member in building Boston Technology into the world's leading provider of voicemail systems. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from SUNY-Stony Brook and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Also a recognized composer of modern chamber music, which often employs computer-generated sounds, Dr. Jones earned his PhD in Music Composition from Columbia University. His music is performed in concert halls and music festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

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