The AJAX World According to Tom Yeh

ZK creator Tom Yeh was interviewed recently for the Buzzword Bingo-titled Agile Ajax blog.

ZK was (and still is, in fact) a groundbreaking server-side component GUI framework because it allows you to write webapps as you would a desktop app. As Tom says in the interview:

“After trying different ways to apply Ajax in the projects on which we consulted, we found that applying Ajax at the client side, as most frameworks did, only solved the half of the problem -- though it did result in a lovely interface. That is why ZK was born.”

Tom is also quizzed about his thoughts on competing frameworks, such as Echo2, DOJO and the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).

He also reveals his plan to add so-called “mega-components” such as spreadsheets, forums, and wiki: “Part of the success of PHP is because of the availability of off-of-shelf stuff.”

About the Author

Matt Stephens is a senior architect, programmer and project leader based in Central London. He co-wrote Agile Development with ICONIX Process, Extreme Programming Refactored, and Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML - Theory and Practice.