Welcome!

Industrial IoT Authors: William Schmarzo, Elizabeth White, Stackify Blog, Yeshim Deniz, SmartBear Blog

Related Topics: Machine Learning

Machine Learning : Article

First There Was Java, Then XML, Then AJAX; Now Comes...XJAX

"XJAX" Stands for Cross-domain JavaScript and XML

Daniel B. Markham, the most recent new contributor to AjaxWorld Magazine writes: First there was Java, then XML, then AJAX. Now I present to you: "XJAX."

XJAX stands for Cross-domain JavaScript and XML. It's a way of working with data sources from various sites inside a web page without having to have a dedicated server.

How do I know this new word, this new force majure of the industry? Well. I made it up.

I guess I should apologize to sombody. After all, perhaps you need a special certificate or something to create something as beautiful as awk, grep, RegEx (not to be confused with FedEx), LAN, WAN, and any of the other zillion catch phrases.

Let's face it, the computer industry has created its own version of English. Call it TechnoSpeak. Or call it Buzz-Word-orian. But whatever you call it, be sure you make it up. The rest of us do. Welcome to the club.

Seriously. I've worked at three large corporations on a CLAIMS system. One was for drugs, the other glasses, a third was for aliens. (Nope, not MIB aliens. The ones digging the tunnels.)

At first I tried to fight it. Use simple language, I told my staff. Try to talk to the user in terms they can understand. Remember that the computer must serve humanity, not the other way around.

It was all for naught. Year after year, project after project, we created reams of buzzword-encrusted reports and paperwork that would make any linguist cringe. And it wasn't just computer jargon. Heck no. That would have been too easy. We took industry jargon, the stuff that nobody else in any other field would recognize, and mixed it with computer jargon, the kind that the industry people themselves wouldn't understand. Then, just for some fun, we made up new acronyms and buzzwords and ladled them in there with the rest of them.

It was potent soup. I remember one of my first reports when I was contracting for the INS. My supervisor came around and told me my status report was insufficient.

"What's wrong?" I asked, "Didn't I work hard enough, accomplish the things you wanted for me, and put in a good week's effort?"

"No. It's not that," he confessed, "You're one of our best contractors. We love the work you do. But this report simply won't work."

"Wrong format?"

"It's too short. Put some more stuff in there. Tell them about the technology and problems you had in more, um, impressive terms. I'll need at least a couple pages a week from you from now on if you're going to work around here. After all, when I compile all 12 team members' reports together, it has to look daunting enough that there will be no questions."

He went away and I became a wiser man that day. From then on, I submitted 2 and 3 page reports, full of linguistic gobbledegook that would make a lawyer proud. People never knew what I did anymore, but they were certain I was doing a damn good job doing it.

So when you hear the term XJAX in the press (and hopefully you will! - the best jargon is stuff you can infect others with), remember you heard it here first. And also remember to use it on your status reports.

More Stories By Daniel B. Markham

Daniel Markham is a hands-on software architect who over the past several years has become a RUP mentor and Technology Strategist. Programming in all major languages and database platforms, his clients include Pitney Bowes, Ford, Charles Schwab, and the Department Of Defense. Daniel is the Principal Partner of Bedford Technology Group located in SW Virginia. He is the inventor of the only online multi-standard process evaluation system (www.MarkhamAssessmentTool.com) He is currently developing a free toolkit for bloggers using Web 2.0 technologies. batBack installs in seconds and requires no programming skills or special server configuration. It runs on all major blogging engines and browsers. It's also fully skinnable and extendable. You can find more about the batBack blog toolkit system at www.batBack.net You can reach Daniel at [email protected]

Comments (3)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...