IBM Adds 13 New Members to OpenAJAX Group
May 15, 2006 Alex Woodie
IBM created OpenAJAX in February 2006 as a way to expand the adoption of AJAX and evolve AJAX tools and runtime environments. OpenAJAX members are planning a summit this month to discuss the present usage of AJAX, its growth into new markets, and to create a business and technical roadmap for moving toward a “more universal” AJAX for desktop and mobile devices.
AJAX technologies show a lot of promise for SAP users, says Ike Nassi, senior vice president at SAP Research Americas. “We look forward to efforts like OpenAJAX providing a consistent and productive AJAX environment that SAP customers and partners need to obtain maximum value from these new technologies.”
Membership in IBM’s OpenAJAX reads like a veritable who’s-who of enterprise and Web development. Founding members include: BEA, Borland, Google, Mozilla, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, and Zend Technologies.
However, there’s trouble on the horizon, and IBM’s OpenAJAX initiative is not to be confused with a similar sounding group of the same name, which was created in January by Canadian software developer Furi Enterprises, and which operates a Web site at www.openajax.ca . (At this point in time, IBM’s OpenAJAX initiative does not appear to have a Web site–but if there were a Web site, we’re sure it would be AJAX enabled.)
Just for fun, there appears to be a third OpenAJAX group, which claims to have been established in May 2005, operating at www.openajax.net. This proliferation of competing open standards AJAX groups seems anathema to cause of the standards-loving Web developers. Perhaps competition will create a “more universal” AJAX than collaboration could? Maybe pigs will fly?