Sun eyes a JavaScript alternative to AJAX

Sun Microsystems is working on a web application development technology that presents an alternative to Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), a Sun official has announced.

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Sun Microsystems is working on a web application development technology that presents an alternative to Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX).

The company's Project Flair is an open source project now in development, said Dan Ingalls, a Sun distinguished engineer and a principal investigator on the project. A version of Flair for developers to experiment with is scheduled for release later this year.

"It's a self-supporting web programming kernel that's all written in JavaScript," Ingalls said. Small and simple, Flair would allow experimentation with collaborative object development, Ingalls said.

It was "almost an opposite approach to AJAX" using a multi-user whiteboard concept for development, he said.

"AJAX deals with all of the old way of doing things. It makes it simpler, which is great, but underneath it’s still all this junky HTML, Document Object Model, cross site scripting, all that stuff, where 30 years ago, we knew how to do that stuff cleanly with a dynamic programming language and a simple graphics model," Ingalls said.

"Flair takes us back to that simple model and adds the collaboration [and] web access to it," he said.

Flair could spawn various new product concepts and make Sun customers more productive, Ingalls said.

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