|By Jeremy Geelan||
|October 15, 2008 10:15 AM EDT||
"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below...
About Jeff Haynie
Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software company that develops products and services for enterprise RIA and SOA-based services development.
AJAX & RIA Journal: When you and Nolan Wright co-founded Appcelerator in 2006, what were the pain points that you aimed to solve?
Jeff Haynie: When Nolan and I started building RIAs for our early consulting engagements, we looked at all the various solutions on the market. We were frustrated by the state of Web development platforms, surprised by how little change had occurred since the Web 1.0 meltdown.
Haynie: Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so. One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform. By de-coupling client and service development and deployment, we’re able to enable UIs to communicate with services using lightweight messages – these message contracts define how the UI and its target services communicate.When you develop an RIA client on Appcelerator, it can consume services written in any programming language without changing code. This gives developers the capability to change their programming language or simultaneously consume services written in different programming languages, without having to make changes to the client application. This capability is unmatched by other platforms in the market today.As you’ll see in future releases of our product, we’ll continue to expand the range of capabilities and features around services – working closely with our community to deliver the features and capabilities necessary to fully leverage their SOA investments.We believe this approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model. SOA-ready RIAs can be built faster, providing enterprises with more options for visualizing data and information from multiple sources.
Haynie: All of Appcelerator’s products are currently available under a GNU public license or “GPL”. We also provide customers with commercial licensing options based on their needs and requirements.
AJAX & RIA Journal: Given your involvement with RIAs written in Java, .NET, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby, do you see any clear favorite in terms of programming language when it comes to rich-web apps?
Haynie: We’re dedicated to building the largest open-source community dedicated to RIAs, breaking down the barriers between traditional preferred languages, programming models and solutions. To date, we’ve seen the strongest amount of interest from Java and PHP developers, but have continued to see steady growth across Ruby, Python, Perl and .NET programmers as well. We don’t look at our products, solutions or community from a “favorites” point-of-view, since everyone is working towards the same goal – build better applications in less time. We’re committed to building a community that can serve the needs of all developers, regardless of the technologies they want to use most.
Next Page: Haynie on Marc Fleury, Marten Mickos, Microsoft, and the Future...
|SOUIs 02/21/08 02:35:36 AM EST|
How do you mix a bunch of well known design patterns together and rapidly build a front end for your great SOA design? Furthermore, How would you build a front end today while maintaining a migration path for tomorrow?
|Nigel Drury 02/14/08 12:56:49 AM EST|
Just how *extensible* is this Appcelerator platform? That for me would be the key.
|SOUIs 02/13/08 11:34:00 AM EST|
There's an IBM discussion on portlets for the service-oriented UIs. Here's the link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/ws-soa-progmodel5/index.html.
|Commercial vs Free 02/12/08 06:33:54 AM EST|
So the Appcelerator SDK is free...what's the business model for Messrs. Hayne & Fleury?
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