Recently, Opera announced the availability of AJAX on mobile devices through
their browser. Considering the popularity of Opera in the browser market
(especially in the mobile browser market), this announcement is indeed very
significant. Having been involved in creating mobile services for a few years
now, I believe AJAX will replace both Java ME and XHTML as the platform of
choice for developing mobile applications.
Before I do so, a caveat – I believe that Mobile Web 2.0 is far more
than ‘AJAX on mobile’. Mobile Web 2.0 involves applying all seven
of the Web 2.0 principles to mobility. Here, I am discussing AJAX only i.e.
only one facet of Web 2.0.
What is AJAX?
AJAX is an optional addition to Web 2.0. It is not a single technology.
Rather, it’s a combination of a number of existing technologies acting
XHTML and CSS for s... (more)
Following my article about "Mobile Web 2.0," I wanted to find a
blueprint/case study of a Mobile Web 2.0 service.
This follow-up article is a bit of a gedankenexperiment – but I have
drawn on the excellent work being done by Dr Marc Davis and his team at the
Garage cinema research at the University of California (Berkeley).
The service I am considering here is a ‘mobile’ version of a
combination of del.icio.us and flickr
As you probably know, both del.icio.us and flickr are based on tags. However,
note that in a mobile context, a ‘tag’ would have a d... (more)
I see Web 2.0 as the Intelligent web or ‘Harnessing Collective
Intelligence.' Mobile Web 2.0 extends the principle of 'Harnessing Collective
Intelligence' to restricted devices. The seemingly simple idea of extending
Web 2.0 to mobile Web 2.0 has many facets, for instance:
a) What is a restricted device?
b) What are the implications of extending the web to restricted devices?
c) As devices become creators and not mere consumers of information –
what categories of intelligence can be captured/harnessed from restricted
d) What is the impact for services as devices... (more)
In this session, newly elected Web 2.0 Workgroup member Ajit Jaokar will
discuss the wider impact of "Web 2.0" —sometimes referred to as the
"Global SOA"—including the use of AJAX especially for mobile
In this article, which focuses on the impact of Ajax on mobile application
development only (i.e. he does not discuss Ajax in general), SOA Web Services
Edge speaker Ajit Jaokar contends that - since his e-mail, calendar and other
applications are on the web, and he can store all my documents on the web,
all he needs is a browser. "One client to rule them all! Thus, today I would
use a ‘browser-only PC’," he adds.
Earlier this year, I published an article called AJAX for Mobile Devices Will
Be the Hallmark of "Mobile Web 2.0" in 2006.
It created quite a stir .. and I a... (more)