Web 2 point Uh Oh week

Web 2 point Uh Oh week

Summary: The Web 2.0 conference is happening this week in San Francisco.

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The Web 2.0 conference is happening this week in San Francisco. And these days, lots of startups characterize themselves as Web 2.0 companies because their products offer collaborative tools, sharing of virtually anything, and their products use AJAX.

Most of the Web 2.0 companies offer online services that are very, very similar to each other. They all enable communities to share or not share their content or applications, and to do it in many different ways, from  using 3D Avatars,  to sending out their content to mobile phones - it all melds into a blur.

It is difficult mustering much interest in Web 2.0 companies unless they have a community of users. And I don't mean "registered users." I've registered for at least 100 sites and never went back. I mean active users.

If a Web 2.0 company can show it has a large enough and growing community of active users, then I'll take notice. Just because a Web 2.0 company offers a Swiss-army knife array of collaborative functions, and/or it uses AJAX, means nothing.

But if there are groups of users doing interesting things with the platform, then that gets interesting. It is usability of Web 2.0 services that will distinguish companies in this space, and the size of the community being served.

Is YouTube a Web 2.0 company? Yes. Is that why it achieved a value of $1.6bn? No. It is the huge community that YouTube managed to coral into one place - that's the $1.6bn of value created. And Google will multiply the value of that media asset several fold because it has the most efficient Web 2.0 monetization engine in the world.

Topic: Enterprise 2.0

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  • OpenLaszlo power Arab Portal and the way to go it supports Flash and Ajax

    Hello,

    I think you need to look into openlaszlo http://www.openlaszlo.org/ which is better than flex 2.0

    You can create google maps via flash and ajax based on it, it?s better than Flex and for free since it?s an

    open source ;)

    You can with openlaszlo to make flash and ajax output, so you code it for once, and you can have any

    output you want.

    Multiple runtimes has always been on the roadmap. LZX was conceived as a language that would be

    independent of Flash. This is being proven out with
    the implementation of the AJAX/DHTML runtime.

    Finally they signed up with sun to support Mobiles as well.
    http://www.openlaszlo.org/node/342

    Sun Microsystems Inc. the creator and leading advocate of Java? technology, and Laszlo Systems,

    Inc., the original developer of OpenLaszlo, a
    leading open source rich Internet development platform, today announced a collaboration to enable

    OpenLaszlo applications to run on devices supporting
    the Java? Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) application. With this move, Sun and Laszlo are actively

    contributing resources to a new project for the
    OpenLaszlo community, code-named Orbit.

    So I think Flash with OpenLaszlo is much better than using flex or ajax.

    Google Maps here by OpenLaszlo


    As for google Maps in Flash check it here ;)

    Google Maps demo:
    http://laszlo.jp/lps/samples/googlemapsonlaszlo/googlemapsonlaszlotest.lzx.swf

    sources : (SVN of google code)
    http://openlaszloincubator.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/googlemapsonlaszlo/

    So I guess OpenLaszlo is the way to go ;)

    Thank you,
    Abdullah
    Arab Portal Network
    http://www.WeArab.Net/
    Arabian
  • Still don't see it (or believe it)

    Just because you can decompose a computer program and make all of the functions/procedures into web services - thus making all calls to functions (very) LONG "calls", doesn't mean it's a whole new radical and "better" way to do things. I have translated a single program into MANY different PLs as each came "into vogue", and each time it takes a bunch of effort and in the end I have what I started with.

    The holy grail of web services is reuse. And I was taught in college (graduated in 88) that the key to reuse is knowing what is out there (available). You could have a great library of functions, but if no one knows it your reuse factor is zero. The "old" paradigm was that programmers reinvent things over and over. The new (Web 2.0) paradigm is that programmers connect to services - which are replicated over and over. What's the difference between writing your own code or choosing your own web service? The possibilities are endless . . .
    Roger Ramjet