AJAX encapsulation with TIBCO General Interface: I can’t decide if this screencast is wonderful or terrifying, but it’s certainly jaw-dropping either way.
The movie is a phone conversation and remote desktop session between Jon Udell and Kevin Hakman from General Interface which was just acquired by Tibco. He starts off by showing Jon an amazing Ajax/DHTML powered tool for gene sequencing or something. The Ajax/DHTML work in this app was stunning — far beyond anything I’ve ever seen.
Then Kevin switched over to the IDE where he created this interface. He started working in the IDE, moving dockable windows around, dragging interface elements on the canvas, setting up SOAP connections, etc. I thought it was cool for an IDE, but then, in mounting horror, I realized that the IDE itself was built in DHTML. It was running as an HTML page in a browser.
This is like when aliens visit the Earth in those sci-fi movies and they have technology so amazing that we can’t even comprehend it. Or like when Bones gave that sick lady from the 20th century a pill in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and she grew a new kidney.
You can tell from the audio that even Jon is wicked impressed, and that’s saying something.