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Hangover Thoughts About the Web and AJAX
After five shots of straight vodka, we enjoyed a Broadway-type show, and then more drinks and food

Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of my employee Alex in a fancy Russian restaurant. If you haven't tried it, go there - once. The party started late, and I've never seen such a variety of food on the table at the same time (they call this setup "bratskaya mogila," which means "mass grave"). After five shots of straight vodka, we enjoyed a Broadway-type show, and then more drinks and food. Anyway, this morning the last thing I wanted to do was drive to my gas station.

Last time I selected a Java Web application framework (http://java.sys-con.com/read/136518.htm) and for a second, I regretted that I hadn't implement a Web application. If I had, I could have opened a Web browser and checked on the business without leaving home. At the moment, I was pretty sure there were only two types of users that could appreciate Web applications:

  • Sober people who want to buy goods or use services offered by companies like Amazon, Ebay, Google, CNN, or Playboy
  • Drunk owners of small businesses
But after a while I thought to myself, "Not just a Web application would let me connect to my business from home." I can create a Java Swing client that will connect, say, to an RMI server. And it won't cost me a penny because RMI comes packaged with Java! Even Open Source application servers may be overkill for a small business. Besides, deploying Java clients on all of my computers can be automatic using Java Web Start (JWS) technology (this will be my answer to the zero-deployment arguments of those who like thin Web clients).

Remotely Delivering Applications with Java Web Start
Let's say I've created a front-end Java application and want to deploy it on all three of my business PCs and two of my home computers. With JWS, I can automatically deploy Java applications (not applets!) that permanently reside on these computers. Every time a user starts the application, it automatically connects to a central server, compares the local and remote versions of the application, and downloads the latest one if needed. It can also automatically download JRE. Java comes with a so-called Java Network Launching Protocol (JNLP) API, and deploying a JWS application consists of:

√ Configuring the Web server so it can support JNLP files. Free Web servers are readily available (see http://httpd.apache.org/)

√ Creating a JNLP file (it's a simple XML file describing your application)

√ Uploading the application to the Web server to a location specified in the JNLP file

√ Creating an HTML Web page that has a link to your application's JNLP file, for example <a href="GasOrder.jnlp"> Start Gas Order Program</a>

You can read more about the Java Web Start technology at http://java.sun.com/products/javawebstart/

I can have a full-featured multi-megabyte Java client that's located and launched locally on each of my computers. If once in a while I need to deploy a new release of this application, I'll just upload the new JAR to the computer that runs my Web server and all client computers will update the local version of the application automatically as soon as they see the newer JAR on the server.

Thin Clients, AJAX, and a Goat
Let me tell you an old Jewish joke.

A poor man comes to the rabbi complaining that his family has only one small room, many kids, and almost no money. The rabbi says, "Take all your money, buy a goat, and keep the goat in your room. Come back in a month."

"But, rabbi, we don't have enough space even for us," the man said

"Just do what I say," the rabbi replied.

A month later the man comes back complaining that the goat smells and breaks everything.

"Sell the goat and come back in a month," the rabbi tells him.

A month later the man comes back to the rabbi with flowers.

"Thank you, rabbi! We're so happy the goat is out, now we have more room and some money!"

So what has that story to do with thin Web clients and AJAX? Everything! Since the early nineties Visual Basic and PowerBuilder programmers have routinely created rich client applications, and if, for example, they need to repopulate a part of the screen by executing some DB query when a user types a character in a text field, they just put this query in some flavor of the ItemChangedEvent of the GUI object.

In Java it's not as simple, but still not too bad. Just register an event listener with a window control, put the db query in one of the methods of this listener, and repopulate the screen using an event-dispatching thread.

Then the Internet rush brought in plain-looking thin HTML clients (aka the goat), which had to refresh the entire page after each request. Several years later, a complex technology called AJAX came about and now people are overwhelmed with joy when they see a portion of the Web page refreshed after typing in a single character. Wow! Isn't it time to get the goat out the room and return to good old fat Java clients? I wonder why sober application architects don't see it this way.

About Yakov Fain
Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs (http://yakovfain.com) and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain

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Absolutely ! I have created thick client applications as a student and was a whole lot more satisfied than today when I am a professional doing XMLHttpService and thinking so hard to refresh nothing but webpages. And guess what - business says "its no rocket science" !!!.

Actually, there are several good approaches to Java client ubiquity including Java Web Start et al. These days, getting the necessary "run time" on the client required to run Java applications is no more difficult than installing a Flash player or other browser plug in. But Java, player plug-ins and frameworks are just different instances of managed code approaches. As Peter Coffee recently opined in E-Week, managed code approaches seem to be the future in terms of taming the otherwise wild environment differences that have plagued browser based clients from the introduction of the second browser candidate forward.

The problem with fat client Java is client ubiquity. AJAX has ubiquity. But if you want ubiquity and the power of a real fat client, check out Flex. There's a free Alpha download based on Eclipse at: http://labs.adobe.com

-James

Right ON!

What is even more amazing to me is that sober developers would even think of:

"...and if, for example, they need to repopulate a part of the screen by executing some DB query when a user types a character in a text field....."

Such dynamic updating is often touted by proponents of AJAX but never does anyone consider the server load/overhead of making a query back to the serverside DB for every keystroke event on the client. Talk about bringing the network/server to its knees! Of course the Java app would do the same thing if implemented the same way. But the "fat" client programmer is more likely to make a single query with subsequent local refinement rather than refining on the server side. The Javascript programmer in a browser environment probably won't for a number of reasons.

Aside from all that, it is very amusing indeed for those of us that date back "pre-web" (3270 screens anyone? VT100?) to watch folks that have never known any other terminal user interface than the browser get all excited about being able to do what was standard fare long ago. Your anlogy is so apt! We've been living with the limitations of the browser (another "goat" instance) for so long that when the least thing comes along to aleviate that (AJAX) folks start foaming at the mouth. HTTP itself is another "goat" instance. Look at the number of kludgey things we have to do just to maintain state. Don't get me wrong. It is ideally suited for the purpose T.B. Lee envisioned. We've just pushed it way beyond anything he ever imagined at the outset.

Personally, I'm very excited about products like Netbeans 5.0 which finally deliver a VB-like development experience (in terms of layout ease) and which can easily consume web services via WSDL (it generates all of the Java client code for you.) Writing those services is trivial using Coldfusion components (Java and Apache Axis under the covers) and if you want the freebie version check out BlueDragon by NewAtlanta. Netbeans doing Java "fat" clients coupled with Apache and BlueDragon on Linux with a Postgres or other DB back end and you have a totally low cost and very robust solution.

I've been to one of the russian parties you mention at a restaurant in Brooklyn. And yes, it is really something to experience. But we never mention the cost. It was expensive, which is why you do it once.

That is what our industry has done with browser-based web applications, especially for enterprise development. Why exactly would we build enterprise apps the same way we build consumer-oriented apps? If we were designing an enterprise development/deployment technology would we design the web as it is today (complete with browser fragmentation)? I would hope not!!

But I would tweek your original solution description a bit. I would use web service requests using JAX-RPC instead of RMI. On the one hand perhaps you are right that running an app server isn't needed for your gas station, I would counter that running AXIS on Tomcat is probably going to be not much more hassle than configuring your RMI server and the firewall. And that is where your business' technical requirements will likely grow, so XML and web services do provide value.

I agree on all your other points and would add that the next trend beyond AJAX might be to actually build RCPs (rich client programs) which perhaps embed browsers in them for the web content they need. The ultimate portal framework might actually spread itself across both the browser and server.

I have to disagree with Sean, at least partially. I've seen at least as many PC's with Javascript disabled as I've seen without Java. As far as Costa Gino's comments are concerned, there are some valid points there, if we were going back in time 20 years. Are there no web services? No http/s tunneling? Are we missing javax.net.ssl?

after five shots of vodka I always go to the same conclusion... only a triple espresso shot will bring me back to reality... and coming back to your story I will list some of the reality's issues:
i) your runtime architecture is two-tiers, client server story... and that is it... out of how you deploy it... it runs as two-tier.

ii) a special port into the firewall has to open
today enterprises have firewalls that open and close:
a) Will you open db port right there ???
b) Will you open RMI port ???
With (b) the worse part is that there are ... ports (many)

iii) security/encryption... while SSL is just there
you have to deal with encrypting ora-net or rmi... it is not impossible ... but is not just there

iv) security reloaded
thru web/html you expose pages you see and now... if you expose your binary service to internet (*.*.*.*) how can you make sure someone is not "enjoying" the methods that were not meant to do so.
(unless you saw it with fron-end rmi-actions and back-end rmi ??? hope you didn't go that far)

v) design --
you encourage developers to "power" client-side validations... what is wrong with that... the wrong things will appear as number (iv).

The whole thing will not be really enough for pure internet apps... for intranet yes ... but for intranet you don't really need jnpl and web server ...and xml... you can drop your classes (even jvm) to a network drive... you know that.

And last but not least:
If java fat client is so good ... the next step is to pop up unix/legacy terminals thru a web browser... and then that will be the solution... black/green screens will be "web" ready hmmmm !!!
Is this what you are looking for ?

Guys, I appreciate your feedback, but please get down to Earth. We are not solving global warming problem here. We are automating a small business, namely my gas station. I do not need to worry about clients with unknown version of JVMs. I know exactly what is installed on my 3-4 client computers.

Sean is talking about thousands of clients... Yes, the chances are that I'll become a CIO of Mobile one day. But even then, I'd better know (and control) what OS and JVMs are installed in MY COMPANY's client's machines.

Stop thinking Google or Amazon. Get real :)

But its not quite as simple as HTML/AJAX vs. distributed Java fat-client applications. Yes, it is now possible to reduce the cost of ownership of Java client applications through automatic updates. But this gets more complicated when there are a suite of related applications that need to be updated as a group.

But the real problem is that distributed client/server programs have to be designed differently than traditional fat-client applications. Distribution has to be factored into how the user interacts with the program, when fields are refreshed, what data is cached in the client and when, how tolerant the application is to stale data, etc. AJAX makes you think about these things because you can't build an application without it. Java can do it too, but you have to deal with the distribution patterns yourself.

In the real world where you have thousands of clients with all sorts of different setups on their PCs, the browser is the common element you can depend on. Some PCs may have java, some may not; some have the wrong version, and it's not like java is all that portable between versions. No, AJAX avoids the issues of java and plugins, providing a solution you can deliver to the most people.

You know, we are supposed to be able to manipulate the DOM from an applet just like you can from Javascript, its been there in one form or another since JDK 1.3. I say supposed to be because I haven't been able to get it to work right, and the documentation, as usual is lacking. So maybe we all need to start moving some votes on the Java bug tracker?

I'm releaved to see there are people that have the guts to see through the frail hype of AJAX.
In many rich web clients JWS will be the best choice. The richer the client the better.
If you are doing a client for an intra net then there really should be no question about it (there are of course special cases and exceptions, as always...).

The problem with your thought is Microsoft.

As long as most users are using MS Windows, which often hasn't Web start or a recent java version installed, it is easier for users to use a web application.

Installation of web start might even require administrator privileges which the user probably doesn't have.

Though it may have been written with a hangover, this is one of the most clear-headed articles I've read in quite a while. I would just add that in the mid-90's Delphi additionally brought custom visual components and visual form inheritance to rich client development.

Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of my employee Alex in a fancy Russian restaurant. If you haven't tried it, go there - once. The party started late, and I've never seen such a variety of food on the table at the same time (they call this setup 'bratskaya mogila,' which means 'mass grave'). After five shots of straight vodka, we enjoyed a Broadway-type show, and then more drinks and food. Anyway, this morning the last thing I wanted to do was drive to my gas station.


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6fusion

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CARTER
IBM

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Solgenia

SINGH
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SendGrid

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Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, provided some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacenter.
Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming the rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nano crime. Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include Dogecoin, Ethereum Feathercoin, Litecoin, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered impro...
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infrastructure/applications, self-remediation workflows, integrating monitoring and complimenting integra...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management c...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. The impact of cloud adoption on test environments is a valuable advancement in both cost savings and agility. The on-demand model takes advantage of public cloud APIs requiring only payment for the time needed to run automated tests. In this framework, success depends on two things: automated i...
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect, explored how storage and software-defined solutions from IBM have evolved for the road ahead. Lea...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration and discussed ways to control cloud costs.
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the ability to deliver applications at warp speed using infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a ...
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orc...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the basics of Blockchain, previewed the Blockchain Reference Architecture, and introduced the mechanics o...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application performance guarantees & data privacy.
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
Making informed network investment decisions about emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help evolve the network to keep pace with the innovations of the devices and people it’s connecting. As you work with business leaders to make decisions about upgrading your infrastructure with these networking developments, it’s important to understand the similarities, differences, and benefits of dual NFV and SDN implementation. With their ability to offer a new way to design, deploy, and manage the network and its services, NFV a...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience b...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.