OpenLaszlo will deliver applications in Flash or Dynamic HTML
One of the most promising of those Ajax-taming tools is OpenLaszlo, a development framework that until now has focused on the Macromedia Flash Player. Later this year, developers will be able to use OpenLaszlo to deliver applications in Flash or Dynamic HTML, while relying on Laszlo technology to resolve underlying browser discrepancies, Laszlo Systems CTO David Temkin says. "It's a big deal to have one language that can output to more than one environment." Support for Microsoft's Vista is also likely.
Laszlo brings a higher-level, declarative-language approach to building Ajax applications rather than keeping developers mired in scripting language minutia, Temkin says. That will accelerate the use of Ajax technology for developing Web applications and open the door to Java and C++ programmers, letting them plunge into Ajax without leaving behind their class-building programming practices. Laszlo's plan is in step with the Open Ajax Community, established last month by BEA Systems, Google, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, and others.
Laszlo specializes in interfaces that let users fade out of a screen and zoom in on a part they're interested in, without leaving the HTML page on which they started. As Ajax makes new Web apps possible, Laszlo should make it easier.
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