A few months ago, in the aftermath of the etech BOF on AJAX/RIAs, I started an email list on AJAX / RIA. I have never publicized the list or even told anyone about it. But every couple of weeks someone joins the group! I’ve decided to publicize the list so that it has at least a chance of achieving critical mass. If anyone is looking for conversation about AJAX / Rich Internet Applications, the list to join is ajax_and_ria on yahoogroups.
Attention all cars. AJAX is not Web 2.0. In fact, it is in many ways in opposition to web 2.0. AJAX applications create web-pages that are less machine-readable / linkable (try bookmarking a google map). This is a mistake that I have seen some otherwise smart people making, so it’s important to clear this matter up.
Clinton agrees with me
Before we get to Web 2.0., it is useful to consider what does not characterize Web 2.0. For instance, for all of the love that rich client-side AJAX applications such as Gmail have earned, that alone does not make them Web 2.0. Simply having a Flash or WML interface or a XHTML+CSS homepage is not enough to qualify. In fact, in some cases these sites actually lock in more control over the data and manage the presentation even further.
Metafilter has a cool new feature. There’s just one problem: even the users who like the feature in the abstract find it a little annoying in practice.
Anil dash is less than impressed by the latest hot new ruby on rails startup.
Anything you can do in Flash, you can do in AJAX. But just because you can doesn’t mean that you should. Are AJAX developers going to have their own “skip intro”-style backlash?
Skype journal published a nice roundup of the best skype plugins. Pamela (an anwering machine / recording plugin) tops the list. Video4IM (a video conferencing utility) and Jyve (a call forwarding / presence engine) are also mentioned. But the biggest surprise is Jybe, a browser-sharing application. Given that you can open MS Office documents inside your browser, this could be an extremely powerful piece of collaboration software that gives companies like Sabeer Bhatia’s InstaColl a run for their money.
Looks like video conferencing and screensharing technologies are only getting better. Cool!
The next BayCHI meeting (August 9) looks pretty good. A panel on web 2.0 with the likes of david sifry from technorati, Paul Rademacher (creater of the google/craigslist mashup,), and Stewart Butterfield from Flickr. On the hallowed grounds of Xerox-PARC, where everything we take for granted was invented.
In a recent post, Cringly describes the Flash VM is a perfect trojan horse, a platform for getting the software that Adobe/Macromedia needs distributed out to the internet at large.
Let’s say Adobe/Macromedia had some little bit of code – a VoIP client, for example — they wanted to bring to market. Just make it part of the next version of Flash. Over the course of a few months and practically without effort, that little program would be installed and ready to go in hundreds of millions of computers. Then all Adobe would have to do is to announce it and the service could be up and running practically overnight.
Robin Good has an excellent presentation about free / low-cost collaboration tools. He frames them as “Grassroots collaboration tools“, in opposition to “Enterprise Collaboration Tools” like Webex that have been around for years. He sees the primary value of these tools being price, features, and usability (i.e. usable by non-technical people). Anyone interested in the space should watch the presentation…it’s that good.
Below is a list of the product categories and products in the “GrassRoots Collaboration Tools” space. Most of the tools are from Robin’s presentation, with edits and additions by me. This list will change over time as new tools come to market.. feel free to suggest options that are missing from the list in the comments section below.
Amit Ranjan has an excellent piece on how the blue-chip body shops in India need to move up the value chain before their labor arbitrage play expires. He writes
Their main competitive advantage (price competiveness due to labour costs differential) is time-barred and come with a limited shelf life: price arbitrage will eventually force the imperfections in markets to converge towards a price equilibrium).
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