Trends in 2007: a new generation of applications and personal syndication

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An important trend in 2007: a new generation of Internet applications. The latest technologies have made possible many advances in sites and software available on the Internet. Certain challenges await organizations that will try to profit from it.

New Internet Technologies

When we approach the subject of Web 2.0, passionate responses are unleashed; everyone has their opinion on the contents of this revolution or rather the level of maturity reached by the Web. The majority seems to agree on the following point: the development of a new generation of Web applications, which are richer in practicalities. They are quick to use and include the advantages of a software program in terms of utilization for the user; and this without the inconveniences that are sure to follow, such as updates and occasional crashes.

This reality is simply due to the progress of many technologies: Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), a cocktail of Javascript and XML. As an example, these allow the posting and modification of information on a Web site without the need to refresh the page. On Kayak.com, for example, you can refine search results for airline tickets without constantly needing to refresh the page.

Other technologies like Java, allow for exciting applications like modifying photos online and downloading several hundred photographs in one shot. Try Jeancoutu.com’s photo developing application in Java and then try the html version (that only allows you to download one photo at a time) and you will automatically see the difference.

PHP and Coldfusion are also technologies where advances have allowed this sort of application. The publication of the source code of the Flash script tool in browsers has also played a role in this development.

Browsers and the return of the client-server

These changes have increased the responsibility of Internet browsers. Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0 now have a difficult task: the return to the client-server. The many Web applications published by Google are a proof thereof: docs & spreadsheets, Calendar, Gmail and all of those that are being created as I type these words…We can now richly experience advantages that were once reserved to software installed on your computer, constantly obtain news updates without having to fear crashes or frequent updates. Exactly like when we worked with Wyse terminals with a big Sun server in the center. The paradox has returned.

The Benefits?

All of these new applications will allow the publication on the Web of all sorts of applications which were previously impossible or were simply not profitable to post on the Web; applications that demanded rapid and frequent inputing of data, for example. Businesses in 2007 will use these new technologies in a much more substantial manner.

The Challenges

Unfortunately, these advances in technology come with their own problems and challenges to overcome, notably with referencing and website ergonomics.

The question will have to be examined and we will have to carefully plan the publication of this type of technology. Projects using these technologies, if accomplished properly, can really add value to an organization.

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