[ August 3, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

FinJS’s Developer Event Expands to Chicago with JavaScript Creator Brendan Eich

FinJS’s Developer Event Expands to Chicago with JavaScript Creator Brendan Eich as Keynote 

Popular FinTech developer event comes to Chicago for the first time hosted by Trading Technologies and featuring speakers from Microsoft, NodeSource, OpenFin and ChartIQ

August 3, 2017 – New York and London – Today, FinJS is announcing the first of a series of new expansions for their global developer event. This new expansion will bring FinJS to new cities and new developer audiences, beginning with FinJS Chicago on September 6th, 2017 at Trading Technologies global headquarters. Founded by OpenFin and jointly sponsored by Adaptive, ChartIQ, Scott Logic and Symphony Software Foundation, FinJS provides capital markets developers with a one-of-a-kind showcase for innovations driven by web technologies. FinJS hosts multiple exclusive events in New York and London every year. These events are attended by CTOs, eCommerce managers, development managers, product managers and other thought-leaders from banks, buy-side and industry-leading technology platforms. FinJS Chicago will feature developer-focused talks and demos from ChartIQ, Microsoft, NodeSource, OpenFin, and Trading Technologies. Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software and former co-founder/CTO of Mozilla, will close out the event as its keynote speaker. Brendan’s keynote “JavaScript 2017: update from TC39 and tales from the blockchain” will begin at 7:30pm CDT. “It’s always exciting for me to keynote the FinJS conferences, where we can discuss the latest Web developments and standards that impact capital markets,” said Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software and creator of JavaScript. “After New York and London, I look forward to sharing the latest about JavaScript in Chicago and to meeting developers who are applying innovative solutions to the financial industry.” FinJS Chicago will take place at the downtown Chicago offices of OpenFin partner Trading Technologies, creators of professional trading software and solutions for the world’s premiere traders rely on to maintain their edge. TT provides access to the world’s major international exchanges and liquidity platforms for a wide variety of users including proprietary traders, brokers, money managers, CTAs, hedge funds, commercial hedgers and risk managers via their TT® and X_TRADER® trading platforms. “This event has a great lineup of speakers, and with the surge of growth in Chicago among both established and startup tech firms, I expect it to be energetic and engaging,” said TT CEO Rick Lane. “We are looking forward to hosting Brendan and all the technologists at our headquarters for a lively program.”

[ July 15, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Reimagining the Financial Desktop

With HTML5, we can deliver more functionality faster, and within a rapidly expanding ecosystem. HTML5 has truly changed the way companies create and deliver applications, but, until recently, its adoption has been limited to web and mobile devices. Ironically, the final frontier for HTML5 is the thing that many thought it would replace – the desktop application. Critical to an HTML5 multi-window experience is OpenFin’s operating layer, which provides an interoperability bus for transmitting messages, not just between components within an application, but also between various applications running in the OS. This bus provides the subtle but significant cornerstone for building powerful desktop applications in HTML5. ChartIQ found that the greatest compromise made when building HTML5 desktop applications is constraining the application to a single window. Multiple windows is the most significant difference between a desktop app and a browser app. That is, developers often build a simple browser application, slap it into a container and call it a desktop app. The problem with this approach is that it represents a significant downgrade in user experience when the new app replaces a legacy application that could stretch multiple windows across multiple monitors. We expect more. Recognizing the need for opening and managing multiple windows in an HTML5 desktop application, as well as the shortcomings of existing technology, we began to understand the power of Finsemble and OpenFin’s joint position in the technology stack. The future of the financial desktop application goes beyond a single page application framework and into a multi-window, multi-monitor experience, and it’s all built in HTML5 and powered by OpenFin and ChartIQ.

[ July 14, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

When Apps Grew Up

Today, web apps are no longer just pretty paintwork on the server-side engine – they’re providing the horsepower to enterprise-grade front-facing applications, and it seems there’s no limit to the complexity of tasks thrown at them. But with this power comes great responsibility. When applications balloon, you have to control the growth of the code complexity and inter-dependency between components. This problem has been solved in other technologies using dependency injection and IOC containers. Can they be applied to the modern web stack as well?

[ July 12, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Replacing a C++ front end application with high performance JavaScript

Over the last two decades, Trading Technologies’ legacy platform, X_TRADER®, set the standard for professional trading platforms. In 2012, despite the undisputed success of X_TRADER, Trading Technologies made the bold decision to develop TT®, the first trading platform to utilize a hybrid-cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model. By leveraging Javascript, TT pushed the limits of financial technology and secured its rank as the world’s fastest commercially available futures trading platform. In April 2017, TT further demonstrated their commitment to innovation with the launch of TT Desktop, a front-end application that delivers best-in-class performance and access to industry-leading functionality across the largest, most complex workspaces. Learn how TT leveraged Javascript to develop the TT platform – and shatter industry misconceptions about HTML5-based trading applications. About Rick As CEO of Trading Technologies, Rick inspires and guides TT’s vision, collaborating across all levels to drive technology innovation. Rick first joined the company when TT acquired the firm he cofounded, TickIt Trading Systems. At TickIt, Rick was the architect of ADL®, the trading industry’s first visual programming platform, which is now fully integrated with both the TT and X_TRADER® platforms. Rick returned to TT in 2012 to oversee the reconstruction of TT’s entire architecture as CTO. He was named CEO in February 2014. Rick holds a degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

[ July 10, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Infragistics and OpenFin: Innovate with a Bimodal Solution

Most companies are in the same boat today—they have a multitude of legacy applications written in .NET, C++, Flex, Flash, you name it. Meanwhile, JavaScript and HTML 5 are becoming increasingly viable solutions for new, modern tools. If you’re developing financial services apps, this presents a challenge—which do you go with? Bi-Modal Solution The answer? A bi-modal strategy: maintain your core business investments, while simultaneously innovating and differentiating your company with new technologies. This is where OpenFin and Infragistics come into play. Using OpenFin, together with Infragistics tools such as Ignite UI for JavaScript/HTML5 or Infragistics Ultimate UI for Xamarin, financial service app developers can provide beautiful, high-performance user experiences across the continuum of screens necessary for a financial services app. With information being shared over the OpenFin InterApp Bus, Infragistics components really excel. The secure model — a local pub/sub between parent and child windows using just a few lines of code — works both for new web and mobile technologies, as well as with desktop applications. This bi-modal solution allows for app communication in three key scenarios: • Scenario 1: HTML app talking to HTML children windows through a secure bus between the windows • Scenario 2: A WPF app talking securely with a JavaScript app that it’s spawned • Scenario 3: SignalR talking with the OpenFin bus so you can have desktop, web, and mobile apps across Xamarin Learn More For more information about building responsive web applications that work with the OpenFin operating layer, read Infragistics’ blog, then watch this deep-dive video showing the details of how this demo works. If you’re interested in developing for HTML5, Angular, or React, visit Infragistics’ Ignite UI for JavaScript/HTML5 product page and learn more about Ignite UI for JavaScript. It has full touch support, responsive web design, real-time/virtualized data support, the fastest grids in the industry, more than 75 high-performance charts, and more. Visit today, and download a trial version for free. For more info about building fast, beautiful, touch-first, cross-platform mobile apps that can be integrated into an OpenFin solution, check Infragistics’ Ultimate UI for Xamarin. About Jason Beres As the Sr. VP of Developer Tools at Infragistics, Jason and his global team spearhead the customer-driven, innovative features and functionality throughout all of Infragistics’ developer-focused tools, UX tools, and business solutions. Jason is the author of 10 books on software development, covering topics like SQL Server, C#, Rich Client, and Web Development. Jason is a national and international conference speaker, a former 11-year Microsoft MVP and keeps very active in the developer community. You can follow Jason at @jasonberes on Twitter.

[ July 7, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Towards A Responsive Desktop

Typically, desktop applications either ignore that screen space is at a premium or force the user to be the designer of their workspace. Why don’t we actively design the best experiences for users rather than lazily making them do it? Container technologies such as OpenFin and Electron are making HTML5 an increasingly effective choice for desktop application development. We must ensure we bring not only web development’s technologies, but also its best practices and overarching mindset. So why don’t we adopt responsive design on the desktop?!

[ July 6, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Better Applications, Faster

Finance is a global, high-stakes industry, where milliseconds matter, and correctness counts. It’s a place where developers have to accelerate the adoption of technology just to keep up with the speed of commerce. But no matter the pace of innovation, our applications are still required to be functional, reliable, usable and performant. Learn how Microsoft is enabling Node developers to meet these requirements and build better applications, faster. We’ll look at the tools and technologies that not only put you in the driver’s seat, but also under the hood. About Nik Nik Molnar is a Program Manager at Microsoft where he specializes in web development, web performance and web API’s. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and on technical podcasts. In his spare time, Nik can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, hanging with his family and working on open source projects. He’s @nikmd23 on Twitter and GitHub.

[ April 12, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Open Source + Open Standards – The dynamic duo who may well save your technology strategy!

The Symphony Software Foundation is seeing a massive momentum in the interest of an open ecosystem and interoperability within financial services. Software vendors and the most successful innovative industries are realizing the benefits of collaborating in the open, by leveraging open source and open standards to maximize adoption, interoperability and developer engagement on common platforms, while focusing on delivering true competitive differentiators. The Foundation, through an open and inclusive model, is driving open innovation and open source readiness in financial services and fintech, leveraging the Symphony platform as a coalescing component. Executive Director Gabriele Columbro explores how foundations enable industries to reach a new level of interoperability through the exponential benefits of leveraging open source and open standards effectively–and how this is especially true when you are building a platform. About Symphony Software Foundation The Symphony Software Foundation is an independent non­profit organization formed to sustain the open governance, open source development and adoption of Symphony as the industry­-standard secure messaging platform. The Foundation makes it easier and safer for organizations in regulated industries to communicate and collaborate behind and across the firewall while maintaining full compliance. The Foundation hosts an ecosystem of open source projects, enabling industry-wide open collaboration in financial services. Learn more about how the combination of both open standards and open source can save your platform strategy from the Foundation’s Executive Director Gabriele Columbro.

[ April 6, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Once Upon A Time, There Was An App Store

Not long ago, in the epic battle for the Rich Internet Application world, Silverlight, Flex and HTML5 slogged it out. It was a battle expected to rage for years. Enterprises had plenty of time to get their houses in order… However, the dust settled far quicker than expected. The speed at which HTML5 rose to dominance took many by surprise. That battle is over but are we about to witness another?

[ April 5, 2017 by FinJS 0 Comments ]

Node.js and the Rapidly-Evolving Cloud Landscape

Businesses are rapidly turning to Node.js in order to help modernize their applications, improve productivity and enable greater cohesion between teams. And while Node.js usage grows, organizations expect developer tools and cloud services to evolve alongside it, in order to ensure that any gains aren’t lost as the complexity and customer demands of apps increase. Learn how Microsoft is working with the community and enterprises to help grow the Node.js development experience in Visual Studio Code and Azure, including efficient authoring and debugging tools, cloud and Docker-based deployments, and production diagnostics.

About Jonathan
Jonathan Carter is a program manager at Microsoft, working on developer tools and services for JavaScript. He has helped build components for Visual Studio, in-browser tools for IE/Edge, an over-the-air distribution platform for React Native, and is now passionate about all things Node.js. On the personal side, he enjoys writing comic books that will never be published and traveling with his family.