Although developer issues remain, such as which AJAX framework to use in Web development, AJAX itself will be better accommodated in version 2.0 of JSF, due in 2008.
Also to be featured in JSF 2.0 is Comet, which offers a programming technique in which an open socket is leveraged to speed up browser requests to the server.
The current version 1.2 of JSF has a small degree of JSF support, with the ability to declare a separate lifecycle for handling AJAX requests, Burns said. Also, a component can be invoked to individually address a row while doing an AJAX transaction.
Sun previously has discussed JSF 2.0 as Project Dynamic Faces, noting it would bolster AJAX support.
Burns noted the difference between AJAX and Sun's newly announced JavaFX technology, which features a scripting language called JavaFX Script. JavaFX does not run inside a browser, he said. "It is a rich application that runs on its own," he said.
One panelist, representing AJAX framework builder Backbase, urged that capabilities such as interoperability and push technology be bolstered in AJAX development products, given competition from new technologies such as Adobe Flex and Microsoft Silverlight.
"I think we have to get our act together to bring all this functionality that we discussed today," said Mark Scheifelbein, vice president at Backbase. "We have to get these into the solutions really quick."
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