Version 2.0 of the company's WebORB Presentation Server became available earlier this month. The product enables development and run-time execution of rich Internet applications. These applications are browser-based but feature characteristics of desktop programs. Included in the product is Midnight Coders' Rich Client System toolkit for client-side development.
"[Rich Client System] provides a very easy-to-use API for connecting the client side with the server side," Midnight Coders representative Terry Nisenbaum said. "And in the next release, it will also contain a library of user-interface widgets that developers can use to create client-side applications."
APIs in Rich Client System implement a communications stack designed to connect to .Net and Java objects, XML Web services, EJBs, and ColdFusion components.
WebORB also natively supports Flash Remoting clients.
Anthony Glass, a user of the product and manager of interactive technology solutions for the Ackerman McQueen advertising agency, said the addition of AJAX functionality may be of value.
"We don't do a lot with ColdFusion here," Glass said, "but there are a lot of implementations where the AJAX portion could be very useful in that we could still maintain a high level of activity in sites that we produce but not be reliant on Flash for the interactivity and motion."
AJAX provides for more Web-searching capabilities than Flash, he added.
Ackerman McQueen uses WebORB to push video from a Flash server to clients logging on to of one its customers' daily Webcasts.
WebORB Presentation Server is available in fee-based and free editions. The free WebORB Presentation Server Standard Edition includes basic connectivity between clients and servers.
The fee-based WebORB Professional Edition adds security functions, a management console and extensions. For 24-hour customer support, the product costs US$899 per logical CPU. Customers seeking only business-hours support, from 8 am to 5 pm Central Standard Time, can purchase the product for US$799 per logical CPU.