Sun joins Ajax Alliance

Sun Microsystems has joined the OpenAjax Alliance, the industry body set up to promote use of the open source Ajax web development language.

Sun Microsystems has joined the OpenAjax Alliance, the industry body set up to promote use of the open source Ajax web development language.

Ajax – which stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML – uses a group of technologies to make web pages feel more responsive and increase interactivity, speed and usability.

The alliance was established earlier this year to develop formal specifications for Ajax technology – including protocols, server topologies and techniques – and to develop an open, flexible, platform-independent Ajax framework.

Sun, which created Java technology, said it would “actively participate” in the alliance, working with its 30 other member companies and organisations to identify best practice, reach a consensus on programming models and push for wider Ajax adoption throughout the industry.

Last month, the alliance adopted a common definition of Ajax, in a boost for the web development language. But security experts this week warned that Ajax could also open doors to attackers because it makes the Cross Site Scripting (XSS) language used by hackers a more dangerous threat.

Sun is also to sponsor the Dojo Foundation, a not-for-profit Java programming organisation, and will participate in its project to create an open source JavaScript toolkit for professional web development.

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