TIBCO’s AJAX toolkit now supports Firefox 1.5
- By Matt Stephens
These days, super-friendly AJAX toolkits are two a penny (as we say in England). But one of these toolkits, General Interface, has something of a mature pedigree – especially for what is essentially a Web 2.0 product. The toolkit was first released back in 2001, predating the AJAX acronym, and definitely predating “Web 2.0”. A few years later, GI was bought by TIBCO.
GI has traditionally been an Internet Explorer-only creature, which made sense back in 2001. However, arguably the main benefit of an AJAX toolkit these days is that it removes the pain of cross-browser scripting (at least in theory). So with the “mainstream any day now, you just wait, I’ll show them, so I will!” ascendancy of Firefox, the fact that GI supported only one browser has been something of a limitation. You could probably ascertain from the awkward past-tense of that last sentence that this is no longer the case. (The title of this blog entry is rather a giveaway too, of course).
So, fast forward to now, and the snappily titled TIBCO General Interface™ Professional Edition v3.2 has entered its Beta 2 testing phase. And, importantly, this new version of GI will work in Firefox 1.5. There’s also SVG charting support for Firefox; and a new Matrix control supporting lists, grids, trees, and combinations of those (tree-lists, tree-grids).
The new release also offers an open source BSD license option. During the beta period, it’s actually a closed-source, obfuscated, compressed-source option. But the curtain will be lifted from the source once the software is released into the wild.