Where is the Real Ajax/Flex Revolution Happening?

The other day I noticed some hits coming from a slashdot.org article and I went to inspect what the buzz whas all about. What I found was an interesting post that brings up a good question:

Andzik writes “Even with all of the buzz around Rich Internet Applications these days, using toolsets like Ajax and Flex, most sites that utilize these technologies seem to be incremental improvements, not revolutionary interface changes. Where does the Slashdot community feel the best opportunities are to substantially create different/better user experiences using RIA tools? What will be the killer app? Are we just not seeing them because the best improvements are being made to web based applications and not in the public space?”

On a related note, Vertigo asks: “Not so long ago everybody believed that it was a good thing to have the freedom to modify your software to suit your needs or to mangle your data in any way. But now that users are flocking to non-modifiable, one-size-fits-all web 2.0 apps like Gmail or Flickr, are we moving away from our open source ideals? Those services do provide many important benefits, but in the process of their enthusiastic adoption did we not loose sight of the most important issues?”

Do you think that the development of well written and web 2.0 software has changed to something that only corporate conglomerates have created? Or are there open source scripts out there that offer creative uses of web 2.0 technology?

7 thoughts on “Where is the Real Ajax/Flex Revolution Happening?

  1. hey, i can’t sign up for PLIGG demo or PLIGG FORUMS… and i need to post a question X_X the regitration image is always BLANK with a question mark

  2. We’ve had some server problems this week and thanks to your post we now realize that php-gd isn’t installed on the Pligg server anymore. We’re working on resolving this problem and we should have it fixed soon. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Anyway, to get back on topic, imho the question revolves more on the specific technologies involved (in this case AJAX-like functionality) than they are about actually solving something or doing something useful. GMail and Flickr to use the same examples, are there because they simply work. Of course they have other things going for them, like starting the humongous storage trend as is the case with GMail, but in the end, what matters is that the service worked, regardless of the flexibility or web 2.0 ideals.

    Also, the concept of AJAX is relatively new, even if the technology has been around for many years before it was given this new moniker. Thus, corporate installations may be where most projects are being done as they have the most impact there, while consumer-oriented applications may be slow starting, but eventually should rise.

  4. corporate conglomerates. big dealers. your big neighborhood (called big brotherhood?). with big ears & eyes…

    we’re waiting for web 3.0 – the r e a l OSS revolution!

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