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Servoy Increases its AJAX Lead Over Adobe's AIR

With most leading AJAX frameworks, there are many security concerns today as they run client-side

With most leading AJAX frameworks, there are many security concerns today as they run client-side. In products based on Backbase and Tibco, for example, security issues can only be addressed by writing business rules twice - once for live execution in the client and once for server-side validation. Servoy's AJAX implementation is secure, faster and lighter right out of the box. All logic runs server-side where the browser maintains an asynchronous connection with the server to post user events; and to receive and process DOM changes.


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Jan Aleman, CEO of Servoy: "Adobe recently introduced AIR (code name Apollo) as groundbreaking technology to run applications online and offline - Servoy has provided this capability for over five years. Unlike Adobe's AIR which is still in beta, Servoy has all the benefits of a mature product now in its fifth generation. Microsoft also announced similar technology with Silverlight. Both Adobe and Microsoft have essentially the same limitation: too little and too late."

Servoy announced the 3.5 release of its flagship product with enhanced AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) features; data broadcasting between LAN and browser, and browser-to-browser; HTTP tunneling; multiple modal/non-modal windows; as well as new table and column events.

Servoy BV, a leading provider of development and deployment tools for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and corporate business application developers, today announced the immediate availability of Servoy 3.5 with built-in AJAX features that are accessible without any additional coding.

Unlike other AJAX frameworks that are merely flashy, client-side demos, Servoy web applications use AJAX to execute business rules on the server and then push the changes directly to the browser. Servoy's AJAX implementation allows for nearly the same level of user/application interaction as the native (Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris) Servoy Smart Client - without having to resort to a browser plug-in or needing to write any additional code.

For example, calculations are updated, elements can be modified (hidden, shown, dimmed, changed in color, etc.) on the fly. Data is broadcast to all connected clients (LAN and web) - modal and modeless dialogs are supported - the same way as they are in the native client.

The Servoy AJAX implementation is rendered in the browser as pure HTML and CSS, with a very small client-side footprint. Because all of the logic is run server-side, it's also more secure and easier to debug than other AJAX implementations running only on the client side.

Jan Aleman, CEO of Servoy: "Servoy was already the easiest way to build and deploy LAN and web-based applications. With our 3.5 version and the addition of the full AJAX client, we're clearly head and shoulders above the rest."

The three major benefits of Servoy 3.5 include:

- Decreased time to market
- Decreased maintenance
- Single code base eases management and enhancements

Bob Cusick, Managing Director of Servoy USA, explained the benefits of 3.5: "Now you don't have to become a JavaScript and XML guru to develop elegant, stable, and scalable applications. You can build your application once and deploy it to the web and/or LAN from the same code base, from the same application server - saving hundreds, if not thousands, of man-hours."

The analyst, Peter S. Kastner, Vice President and Research Director of the Aberdeen Group states: "A recent Aberdeen Group study of 100 companies shows legacy application migration costs are a median of US $250,000. For smaller companies with tight budgets, large enterprises with many applications, and ISVs with limited R&D budgets, the key to economic efficiency is migration technology efficiency. Servoy's program can help ISVs get and stay on today's technology curve without spending a fortune."

The browser is not the only client with major enhancements in Servoy 3.5 - the Servoy Smart Client also received a very important feature: HTTP tunneling. Servoy Smart Client is a native client that provides for hardware integration, office integration and a higher level of interactivity than a browser does; while consuming the same bandwidth as a typical browser-based application.

The problem facing more and more companies as they increase their LAN, firewall and proxy security, is - that it is becoming harder and harder to deploy native applications. Servoy 3.5 features cutting-edge technology that allows deployment of Servoy Smart Client over HTTP, rather than requiring companies to open specific firewall ports and update their proxy configurations. Servoy's HTTP tunneling means that all traffic can go over a single, configurable HTTP port - saving IT time and resources.

Servoy 3.5 features new events at both the table level and column level - so that developers are able to create applications that are truly database independent. The new Servoy 3.5 table events mimic those of database triggers - enabling the developer to trigger specific methods every time a record is inserted, updated or deleted on a specific table.

Servoy 3.5 also adds new properties on the database column level as well. In Servoy 3.5, you can now specify the default data format, add a description, specify a pre-defined validation (or a global method in your solution) and perform data transformations (such as encryption/decryption) on a data column automatically.

For additional information on Servoy, and to read Servoy Success Stories, please visit www.servoy.com

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Rob Herman 07/30/07 01:15:51 PM EDT

Wow, I have not seen such a blatant misrepresentation of products in a very long time.

Jan Aleman 07/30/07 05:30:02 AM EDT

to German Bauer: Did you actually read the press release and visit our website to read about Servoy? Servoy is very similar to Adobe AIR: it has a runtime, it can run offline and online, it can seamlessly connect to relational databases and/or web-services, it can run on any platform. Differences are: Servoy has been around longer, you can ALSO deploy to a browser (from the same codebase), it is much more feature complete, etc. Please download a copy on our website to find it out for yourself.

to polyGeek: see my comments above. There are many similiraties: in fact we suspect that Adobe AIR's team reviewed our product very well for a few years while designing AIR!

to Peter Tilbrook: I apologize we don't have a marketing budget as big as Adobe's so we couldn't make you aware of our existence earlier. If you don't believe we have been around this long I'd be happy to arrange an interview with you and one of our customers who has been using our product for over 5 years. Let me know in which geographical regioin you are, we have customers all over the world.

Peter Tilbrook 07/29/07 10:38:04 AM EDT

Servoy out for five years eh? Never heard of it!

German Bauer 07/28/07 11:52:58 PM EDT

Obviously this gentleman has either no idea what he is talking about or is desperately looking for a cheap way to get more publicity by gratuitously using "Adobe" in his comments.
To clarify, Adobe's AIR has nothing todo with running things inside a browser, nor is it a JS library, but provide the ability to build apps to run across multiple OS using in part web-like development techniques.

polyGeek 07/28/07 12:36:16 PM EDT

Does the author have a clue what Adobe AIR is? There is no relationship between AIR and Servoy. Other than Servoy based apps might run on AIR. And there is no relationship between AIR and Silverlight. Silverlight is in the same area of Adobe Flash.

Please do your homework before writing pieces like this. You owe it to your readers not to misinform them.

Servoy News Desk 07/28/07 12:57:00 AM EDT

With most leading AJAX frameworks, there are many security concerns today as they run client-side. In products based on Backbase and Tibco, for example, security issues can only be addressed by writing business rules twice - once for live execution in the client and once for server-side validation. Servoy's AJAX implementation is secure, faster and lighter right out of the box. All logic runs server-side where the browser maintains an asynchronous connection with the server to post user events; and to receive and process DOM changes.