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AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML

Copyright 2009 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2009 Apr 03
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In the spring of 2006 this technology started gathering momentum, and might be the next big thing on the Web.

The things I like about AJAX are:

  • it allows you to update part of the contents of a displayed web page in an efficient and easy to control manner.
  • it provides a means of making small updates quickly, giving your user more feedback and a better "interactive" feel
  • it requires little "special stuff" on the server, largely just a different way of thinking about what the server should be doing. In the extreme the server is changed from being an HTML source to a provider of structured packets of data that are assembled for display by the browser
  • simple things are still quite simple, complex things just take a bit longer

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