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    June 26th, 2008

    Canoo is pleased to announce that UltraLightClient ’08 is now available.

    Download version ULC ’08 here

    New features in ULC ’08:

    • easy project setup using a wizard for Eclipse
    • generates an end-to-end application skeleton from a predefined data structure
    • high-level component to simplify the development of forms
    • improved data types
    • sortable ULC tables by default
    • data binding
    • easy and central configuration of application parameters and options such as look and feel and deployment
    • easy deployment

    Canoo has recorded a screencast showing how to develop a sample web application using this new release.

    A new developer guide describes how to be productive from day one. The release notes list the changes added to the current product version.

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    Jazoon 08 Day I

    June 25th, 2008

    jazoon

    Here are some quick notes on the sessions I attended yesterday at Sihlcity. I believe Jazoon will be uploading videos and slides very soon:

    First in my lineup was a talk on using Google Web Toolkit for a business application in a typical enterprise environment. This was kind of like a case study. Dmitry Buzdin talked about the experience his company gained and listed the various pros and cons.

    Next, I listened in to Bruno Schäffer’s talk together with Christoph Henrici and Daniel Buffet of APG. The talk described the migration of an Oracle Forms application to Java forms for the advertising industry. Main requirement: development and application performance had to remain just as fast as with Oracle Forms. A requirement that the migrated application managed to over-fulfill.

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    Canoo’s Andreas Hölzl and Christian Stettler presented their Google Android experience report. They showed an application they developed for the Android Developer Challenge called Mobile Zoo. Their baseline: “What’s here looks promising. Let’s see the devices!”

    Brian Sletten’s presentation on data-driven applications was very interesting. I particularly liked the analogy between resampling music and data.

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    Grails Sample Application: ria-map.net

    June 18th, 2008

    Canoo has released a new sample application at ria-map.net. The application shows typical Web 2.0 interface elements such as tagging or Flickr-like editing fields.

    Canoo riamap entry screen

    I asked the developer, Jonas Zuberbühler, the following questions on the new Canoo sample application.

    SW> What is riamap?

    riamap is a Web 2.0 community site that maps the world of Rich Internet Applications. Unlike mere information aggregators on the topic, it builds on user contributions to assemble not only a list of current RIA technologies, but also how they relate to each other.

    Users can explore what technologies are available, what they have in common, how they differentiate, what competitors they have and how they complement each other. These relations make up a graph that any user can extend by adding new connections or voting how strong any such connection based on his or her own judgment.

    SW> What technologies did you use to build it?

    We used Grails for the web application framework and Groovy as it is the perfect partner for implementing server-side logic.
    In addition, we used Prototype, Scriptaculous and LivePipe to integrate AJAX features and to improve the user interface.

    SW> Why did you select Grails? Why not adapt an existing PHP- or Java-based content management system?

    Canoo has a strong footing in Java and Grails is the perfect choice for developing Web 2.0 applications on the Java platform. We can build on our solid understanding of this ecosystem and use all the existing tools for development, deployment and operations. On top of this, Grails provides us with the concise, expressive and interactive development style that modern applications require.

    Further screenshots:

    riamap screen 2

    riamap screen 1

    To get a login for riamap, sign up here to join riamap. Try out the various Web 2.0 interface features. If you feel like adding information on a RIA technology, enter the details here or edit an existing entry.

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    Canoo @ Jazoon

    June 13th, 2008

    Here’s an overview of the technical sessions that Canoo will be presenting at this year’s Jazoon from 23rd to 26th June, 2008 in Zürich.

    Sibylle Peter and Dieter Holz are presenting “Why RIA is not only about technology”. See also my recent write-up.

    Canoo CTO Bruno Schaeffer is presenting “Against all odds – efficient Rich GUI development in Java” together with Christoph Henrici and Daniel Buffet.

    Dierk Koenig is presenting two talks:
    “Grails: all you need for Java Enterprise webapps”
    and “Automated functional testing of web applications” .

    Andreas Hoelzl and Christian Stettler are presenting a talk on RIA for mobile devices, “Google Android and developer expectations: a ‘real world’ report”.

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