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Laszlo Ajax Platform To Support Flash, DHTML, .Net

Laszlo Systems Inc. said it plans to extend its Ajax development platform, OpenLaszlo, to support applications for browsers on multiple platforms.

Laszlo Systems Inc. plans to extend its Ajax development platform, OpenLaszlo, to support applications for browsers on multiple platforms, a company executive said Tuesday night at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology (ETech) Conference in San Diego, Calif.

The move will give developers by year's end an option to deliver applications in Flash or Dynamic HTML (DHTML), an open-standard technology built into many Web browsers.

It also reinforces Laszlo's commitment to the Open Ajax Community established last month by IBM Corp., Oracle Corp., BEA Systems Inc., Red Hat Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc. and others.

Whether an application is built in Flash or DHTML, the results are the same. A developer using OpenLaszlo would write XML code in the LZX Language, which took Laszlo engineers years to develop, said David Temkin, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer. "There's an enormous amount of research and development under the hood here," he said.

Supporting both Flash and DHTML gives developers an option to deploy applications using a fully-open software stack. "It's a big deal to have one language that can output to more than one environment," he said. "Over time, we expect to offer the option for other environments, too."

Temkin contemplated the future: Laszlo expects to support Microsoft's newest operating system Vista, which has a .Net environment.

"Fundamentally, you'd write the same code and get the same application," he said. "Under Vista, because everything is set up with 3D composites and visualization engines, it's likely you'll get something faster, smoother, with better transitions."

Temkin demonstrated a photo application written with the technology, which performed responsively and which took one developer one month to create.

OpenLaszlo V3.1 uses Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, Ajax, in a mark-up language, enabling development of Web-based applications.

The platform has been adopted by companies in enterprise, consumer, government, and education market segments, with more than 125,000 downloads to date, the company said.

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