I haven’t had as much time to follow the press as I’d like but they seem to be catching on at a frantic pace. Phil Wainewright (of Loosely Coupled fame) has an article up on ZDNet entitled How AJAX kills the Application Server:
An unnoticed side-effect of implementing rich internet application platforms — whether they’re AJAX or anything else — is that this ‘client-service’ architecture eliminates the need for an application server to connect the Web client to back-end resources. Sure, if you’re a company like Zimbra implementing a new resource at the back-end, in its case an email server, then obviously that server is a new addition. But it’s still devolving more processing to the client, so it requires far less horsepower than it would to deliver the same functionality to a wholly web-based client.
The new “Application Server” is a web server, a dynamic language, and templating.
I also like how we’ve decided to call this setup “rich internet application platforms”. Personally, I think “The Web” is a better term, but you can call it “Sponge Bob Square Pants” for all I care. Let’s get on with it.
The industry is realizing that there are very few business applications that you cannot build with this basic set of components. What’s more is that all that is needed to transform the basic setup into an integration platform is to stop thinking about the web as a bunch of “pages” and start using HTTP for what it’s worth.
People everywhere are asking themselves what this mess of crap of technology they’ve accumulated is really doing for them. It’s about time.