IBM has taken the opportunity of its corporate sponsorship of the Australian Tennis Open to show off a new development technology called "Sash".
The result, or what IBM's alphaworks team call Weblications, are programs that are based on lightweight Web languages which can be easily incorporated onto the desktop.
Using Sash, IBM has developed a Weblication called the IBM Toolbar for the Australian Open, a program that sits on the desktop and keeps the user up to date with the latest tennis scores.
At present, Sash is a free download available at IBM's alphaworks developer site (http://sash.alphaworks.ibm.com). Anything developed with Sash is royalty free and can be given away for free or even sold, said IBM Solutions architect Stephen Hammer.
"Right now it's just a way for the alphaworks team to see where customer demand for this technology might be," he said. "We may one day plan to sell Weblications, but at the moment we will just explore it as a free product. We hope it to be the next big thing."