|By Rick Hightower||
|June 28, 2006 11:30 AM EDT||
Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all. Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will tell, but the announcement at JavaOne 2006 by Google may change the face of AJAX development; strike that, Google's announcement may change Web development forevermore.
This cynic heard an announcement at JavaOne that changed his viewpoint and beliefs on the future of Web development.
Enter stage left, the contender for changing, once and for all, the way the world uses the Web: Google!
If it all seems to good to be true, you're right. However, if half of it is true, this changes everything. Cynicism is good. Without cynicism, you would be driven hither and thither, to and fro, back and forth with each new buzzword and vendor marketing claims. However, cynicism must be balanced with potentially the most disruptive technology.
The mantra at JavaOne seemed to be JSF, JSF, JSF; NetBeans, NetBeans, NetBeans; AJAX, AJAX, AJAX. Never mind that Eclipse is the dominant developer platform by far, and most vendors that have a plug-in seem to target Eclipse first. Nevermind Google released the GWT, which may prove disruptive to further JSF adoption for those who care about AJAX anyway.
Among the noise, there is this announcement from a company that started the AJAX phenomena and has the most popular AJAX applications. Is this announcement from Google the most important announcement for AJAX and the most important announcement at JavaOne? It's too soon to tell if this is the most important message at JavaOne 2006 due to how much reality and robustness is in the GWT, but the potential is there. Time will tell.
|bluerayman 07/18/06 08:02:37 PM EDT|
One man's opinion, but... I don't think the release of GWT was quite up there with some of these other findings from Java One 2006:
- Java EE is getting to be really nice.
There were some other cool and exciting revelations as well. E.g., anyone see the BOF where eBay/Paypal explained how/why they switched out their back end from MS to Java after their day in hell... I'm with you: the Google presentation had me beating a path to the GWT site, but alas, it proved too radical an approach for the clients in my region. Combine this with the fact that it's even newer than JSF, and -- well, hopefully you see where I'm going...
I just think Sun deserves some props. And no I don't work for Sun.
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