Is an evolution of the Open Web in progress right now? Undoubtedly… I took a look at some of the players in Flash, Silverlight and the Open Web on the SitePen blog.
I believe that we’re going to see some significant post-Rails server side web tools developments this year. TurboGears and Django were both never “Rails clones” because of their history and where they came from. But, all three promote a fairly similar idea of webapps are put together on the server.
Last month, AppJet provided a look at something different. It combined transparent persistence and, importantly, a seamless ability to run code on both the client and server.
I think that Jaxer and AppJet are just the beginning. I’ll definitely be writing more about how the server is changing.
Update: I just noticed that Jaxer is licensed under the GPL. That complicates things a bit, because it seems more like a library than a compiler. In other words, you can’t freely give someone a copy of your app with Jaxer and not be forced to use the GPL. I’m not certain that you could even give them a copy of your app.
I’m an early riser, usually starting work around 7AM Eastern. Today is no exception, despite the fact that this is my first day at my new job. I was surprised to find Alex Russell online when I started up this morning, but this explains it all: Dojo 1.0 has been released. Dojo 1.0 is huge (and yet compact… 23K core!) and powerful. Congrats to everyone who worked on this release!
I’ll be speaking at CodeMash for the second year in a row. At CodeMash ’07, I did an introduction to TurboGears.