With ASP.NET AJAX, Redmond shows it is capable of embracing a new development paradigm with some excellent software.
Its execution on a vision for mashups with streaming audio and video, and other vector graphics, is just so far ahead of everyone else.
As AJAX became a requirement for Web development, European company Backbase was one of the first to launch products to make it easier.
Its maps are still light years ahead of anything else on the Web. And its commitment to expose everything as a Web service means Google is still the fastest horse in the barn.
AJAX + SOA = RIA and mashups. JackBe shows ardent dedication to simplified Web services and AJAX-enabled enterprises.
A simple path from old-world applications to new-world Web interfaces, be they Java or AJAX. A pioneer in the RIA space keeps getting it right.