With the stakes rising over next-generation architectures for building richer Internet applications, Tibco’s General Interface unit is releasing the next version of a tool that builds fancier web apps using common Internet standards.
The new 3.0 release of Tibco General Interface includes a full WYSIWYG environment for painting rich Internet Application Screens. It adds new GUI components such as client-side charting controls, Excel-like grids that can be edited, type-ahead combo boxes that suggest a common entry based off what the user is entering, along with various code completion and hot key utilities.
The changes further narrow the gap between the kinds of features and GUI controls associated with rich Windows clients and what you get on a browser. And it also provides the kind of paint the screen functionality traditionally associated with 4GL client/server development tools. For developers, version 3.0 supports screen painting or traditional coding.
More to the point, AJAX provides an approach that is not owned by any vendor for beefing up web clients. That’s a contrast to Macromedia, which is pumping up the Flash plug-in into a full-blown rich client framework; Microsoft, which is building Avalon into Windows Vista; and Laszlo, a startup that is developing an open source alternative that is backed by IBM.
Prior to its acquisition last year by Tibco, General Interface was the most prominent player offering an IDE that supports AJAX programming.