Open Ajax Alliance Offers New IDE and Mashup Tools
The OpenAjax Alliance wants to make it easier–and safer–to build applications using the Ajax Web development technique. The group unveiled two standards initiatives at this year’s AjaxWorld RIA Conference & Expo last week in San Jose, CA, including a new metadata specification and a new version of its mashup runtime.
“There are 10 to 20 Ajax IDEs on the market today, and a couple hundred Ajax toolkits (libraries),” said David Boloker, CTO of Emerging Internet Technology at sponsoring company IBM. “Different Ajax toolkits — such as Dojo, JQuery and Prototype — each documents their APIs in a different manner. So you have this problem of trying to get the IDEs to do a good job of supporting the toolkits.”
To “do good things” with Ajax toolkits, the leading IDEs, such as Eclipse, NetBeans, Dreamweaver and Visual Studio, have had to do “one-off development work,” Boloker said; it has been a largely library-by-library, manual process for the tool vendors. Adobe Systems, for example, has supported its own Adobe Spry toolkit in Dreamweaver. Visual Studio has supported Microsoft’s Atlas Framework (ASP.NET Ajax). “You’ve got hundreds of toolkits and tens of IDEs, and there’s very little coverage,” he said.