Ajax is a famous football club?

A friend told me: which will dorminate the desktop? the thin client, or the fat client? No, they are not.

The most glamorous technology in current web applications is Ajax.

Ajax is not the name of the famous football club at Netherland. It stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, defined by wikipedia. It’s a series of technologies which incorporates:

  • # Standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
  • # Dynamic display and interaction using the DOM;
  • # Data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
  • # Asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
  • # and JavaScript binding everything together.

5 Responses to Ajax is a famous football club?

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  2. Hi2005 says:

    welcome. however, your link can not be accessed. something may be wrong.

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  4. hi2005 says:

    Good interview on AJAX from TechTarget.com:

    Why is Microsoft so interested in AJAX?

    Farris: Microsoft is probably interested in AJAX for the same reasons everyone is interested in AJAX: the ability to deliver desktop quality applications through the Web.

    What typically sets Microsoft apart from other AJAX application providers is that they do not appear to be interested in the cross-browser capabilities of AJAX applications. One can speculate that Microsoft has ample motivation to use Windows and Internet Explorer-specific features that create a dependency between their AJAX apps, IE [Internet Explorer] and the Windows platform/ecosystem. This has been the case historically.

    Could you elaborate on your reasons for believing that AJAX is important to IT managers?

    Farris: AJAX provides powerful building blocks for developing platform independent, advanced Web applications that have many of the best features of desktop applications. With that, AJAX allows us to merge the best features of desktop applications with the best features of the Web, in a platform-independent manner. Desktop applications provide a high level of interactivity and richness, while the Web gives us universal access without having to worry about installing software on our desktops.

    Before AJAX, Web applications were heavily page-oriented and not very interactive. A user is presented with a page of information, makes a selection and is then presented with a completely new page of information, hence the page refresh problem.

    With AJAX, the user is presented with an application interface that they can interact with dynamically, just like a traditional desktop application. The user interface is updated incrementally, eliminating the page refresh problem and the slow response time associated with it.

    What new features will AJAX bring to Web applications?

    Farris: AJAX enables advanced features like drag ‘n drop, dropdown menus and faster performance capabilities, which are now making their way into Web applications. These kinds of capabilities represent a significant leap in the advancement of Web apps. More than just creature comforts, they represent a major step forward in terms of usability, productivity and application functionality.

    Before AJAX, Web apps would have to work around the lack of something like drag ‘n drop with check boxes and multiple clicks, resulting in multiple steps that quickly become laborious and time-consuming for users.

    Does AJAX not play well in any platform or application areas?

    Farris: The fact that AJAX is platform independent is a tremendous advantage for both customers and application developers.

    For customers, using AJAX means gaining access to a universal client that can run on any desktop platform — Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix — and, any browser — Firefox, IE, Mozilla, Safari, etc.

    For software developers, app development is simplified and reduced by an order of magnitude because use of AJAX abstracts the different desktop platforms, making heterogeneity a virtual non-issue.

    As more and more Web apps are developed in AJAX, there’s another phenomenon that’s occurring, increasingly referred to as “mashups.” “Mashups” are based on the realization that the user interfaces from any number of AJAX applications can be readily integrated with each other, making application integration at the user interface level much easier.

  5. hi2005 says:

    Google uses it, and Microsoft is pursuing it, so there’s a lot of hype and hubbub surrounding AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML). IT directors who listen closely, however, can get the real scoop on this hot technology in this interview with SearchOpenSource.com messaging expert Julie Hanna Farris.

    AJAX brings together some hot properties, Javascript, HTML/DHTML and HTML, according to Farris, founder of Scalix, a Linux-based, e-mail systems vendor, and, previously, Onebox.com (acquired by Openwave), the industry’s first unified messaging service; 2Bridge, an enterprise portal software pioneer; and Portola Systems (now SunONE), the first Internet-based enterprise messaging system. Scalix is using AJAX in Scalix Web Access (SWA), a Web-delivered, e-mail application.

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