Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Morfik announces Ajax IDE

Category: Utility

<p>Morfik is announcing a new Ajax development environment.

Morfik IDE differs from other tools due to its JavaScript Synthesis Technology (‘JST’) that allows developers to use a visual design environment and a high-level language of their choice to create applications comprised purely of HTML and JavaScript.

So, this sounds like they take your code written in YourLanguageOfChoice and convert it to JavaScript? I can’t seem to see what choices you have for the language…

JST is a true compilation process which avoids boilerplates or code snippet libraries.The source code is put through a parser which includes a tokenizer and syntax analyzer. The parser output is then passed to a semantic map builder which creates a detailed semantic map that conveys the entire ‘meaning’ of the application – a highly effective technique in widespread use by CAD systems. Finally a synthesizer uses this map to create JavaScript code that is semantically identical to the original source and conveys the same ‘meaning’. This output is neither an executable in machine-code, nor a one to one translation of source code, nor a collection of predefined code snippets, but rather it is an accurate semantic equivalent of the programmer’s source code!

Screenshots

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It looks MDA-ish, and the question will be, will users want to use a new tool like this, or will they actually want to get in with JavaScript (as if anything goes wrong in the JavaScript code you have to get in there anyway?)

Thoughts?

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Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:41 am
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Wonder how it will work with rails…

Comment by pesachzon — October 2, 2005

How do u download this. Is there a version available yet?

Comment by irshad — October 29, 2005

I wouldn’t agree with irshad that Morfik WebOS App Builder is totally useless, but I don’t think it’s what most of us are looking for. Morfik compiles into an .exe that gets deployed to the server (and also requires their runtime). It feels VERY much like MS Access or OpenOffice.org Base and it does make data-driven development fast and easy. The catch here is that I’m not looking for another piece of server software that I have to be running. What I’m interested in is an IDE that will do the tedious and boring parts of AJAX development for me, and make it easier to do the rest of it. I need HTML/JS files generated, and I think that’s where Morfik falls down.

Comment by memphisJon — December 10, 2005

It looks like something similar is cooking at usajax.com

Comment by Jeff — January 31, 2006

Recommand a Visual AJAX IDE

It’s the best powerful visual AJAX IDE I’ve seen before. You can develope your web application in it just like what you do in VB or Delphi based on its powerful AJAX components libs. And it also support sourceinsight and it’s compatible with IE, Firefox and Maxthon. Above of all, it’s unrelevant with server side.

Here is free trial. http://eng.joyistar.com

Comment by ajax IDE — April 21, 2006

Thank ajaxIDE. I’ve downloaded it and tried it for a while. And I think it’s easy to use it and actually it’s very powerful. But its helper is not good enough. Fortunately, it contains many examples to show you how to do.
Although it’s not free in comercial version, I think it’s cheap.

Comment by Paul — January 8, 2007

I agree with buckwheat that “What I’m interested in is an IDE that will do the tedious and boring parts of AJAX development for me, and make it easier to do the rest of it. I need HTML/JS files generated, and I think that’s where Morfik falls down.”

After 1 month of comparing, I choose AJAX WebShop to be my AJAX IDE. It’s just what buckwheat said. Very useful and cheap.

Comment by Dabo — April 12, 2007

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