When I'm out in California, I try to get to a few SDForum events in Silicon Valley. On Tuesday night I went to the eBay offices (some places still cordoned off after the bombing) and saw a presentation from TIBCO General Interface about their really slick AJAX toolkit.
Some things I found interesting:
As their guy said, 'we have a six-figure version of this that we hope you can get your employer to buy, but we also have an open-source version that's under the BSD License.' The difference isn't in the technology, but rather the support and hand-holding. There's a lesson here seems to be that technology tends towards free, but support and service are expensive and middle-management is happy to fork out Big Money to make sure their behinds are covered.
Speaking of covering behinds, one of the interesting bullet points of the pay version is 'Indemnity against potential intellectual property risks'. I guess that's part of the landscape now, with SCO and Microsoft/Novell out there FUDding.
Now web interfaces seem to be as good as late-90s native interfaces (VB, PowerBuilder, etc.) and web service feeds seem to be standing in for late-90s client-server technologies. So Web 2.0 has become Visual Basic 5. Except it's platform-independent and lightweight and open source and has access to the entire world of web services.