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)
Since I have an interest in Mobile Web 2.0 (and by extension with Web 2.0 in
general), I get some interesting reactions from people. Everyone has a view
on Web 2.0 - it's almost getting to the stage that we can't discuss religion,
politics AND Web 2.0! Anyway, here are two recent incidents...p>
A person who I met a few weeks ago insisted that web 2.0 is
‘community’. My point was – yes – it has some
community features – but no it’s not ONLY about community. See my
blog and Tim o Reilly’s original seven points and Dion
Hinchcliffe’s p... (more)
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)
Digital convergence is a much-maligned concept. Mention Digital convergence,
and it conjures up images of the intelligent fridge : a concept most people
think they have no need for!
But Digital convergence is an idea whose dawn is near.
There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by digital
convergence. When people talk of Digital convergence, they could actually
mean different things:
a) Co-mingled bits : The original definition of Digital convergence as
outlined in Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital
b) Device convergence: One device to rule them all! ... (more)