Thursday, February 16, 2006

What's AJAX?

These days I have been hearing a lot about AJAX. So today I had sometime to explore and see what it means.

And I have found heaps of information about it and didn't where to start. But I found this site where it starts from the basics.

So What's AJAX? Is it just another plugin like a flash, or an applet? no it isn't. Ajax is just a style of design, one that milks all the features of modern browsers to produce something that feels less web and more desktop. Sounds nice isn't it?

As Jesse James Garrett puts it, "AJAX" itself is a geeky acronym: "Asynchronous JavaScript+CSS+DOM+XMLHttpRequest". The technologies involve: Javascript and DHTML, to let applications respond to events such as mouseclicks; DOM, to let applications manipulate the display; XMLHttpRequest, to let the browser and the server communicate without having to refresh the page.

I am going to explore this AJAX phenomenon in the coming days and learn more about it.

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