Great story. I think it is also important to acknowledge the increased internet connection speed across many website users. back in Dial-up world, AJAX would not work at all. Now just about everyone has DSL, making AJAX more of a practical reality.
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Ahhh, AJAX! I think a fitting sub heading may be “How code crunchers repossessed the web!”
When I see all this use of AJAX it leaves me in mind of a “look see” workshop meeting I attended in 2003 hosted by a Macromedia partner in London, the idea was to check out Flash and ColdFusion and it’s data integration. I must add I was there not as a coder but as head of communications for my then employer, a major financial organisation.
One comment made by an obvious coder (Jeans, converse trainers and a hoody) went down at the time as a geek arguing the case in support of what must have been a huge knowledge investment for him, almost convincing himself that Flash was an irrelevance and best used for banner ads. I got caught up slightly in counting code lines so didn’t really think that what he’d called JS external loader and DHTML would really be that great an option compared to Flash. Sure they both abandoned the refresh model but with JS taking in many instances 50-60 times more code for the same task plus the extra diligence needed in the HTML I saw it more as the low gas high IQ approach of a geek who didn’t want to shell out on the Flash IDE.
Was I wrong, should I have taken his number? Where does Flash stand now on what it called rich internet applications? Am I now right in looking to OpenLaszlo as a catch all dev platform?
Calling Ajax a technology just doesn’t feel right. “Ajax” gained acceptance as a label for the use of certain, pre-existing, technologies in the way and for the purposes they were implemented. Ajax is the term people embraced to describe what they were already doing.
Ajax doesn’t give us anything new, apart from a term to describe a process.
“Great story. I think it is also important to acknowledge the increased internet connection speed across many website users. back in Dial-up world, AJAX would not work at all. Now just about everyone has DSL, making AJAX more of a practical reality.”
Um, no, just the opposite. You see the idea behind AJAX is minimalism. It is sending and retrieving very small amounts of data and updating only the necessary components of a website.
“History was being created and for good and people were pleased to see more of it daily and amazinlgy vendors were luring them right on this very oppurtunity they got. But this altogether bought in a different sort of cold war between the web designers who didnt use more of scripts as it hampered the website’s success.
This is NOT meant as a flame, but to see such an important article written with complete disregard for spelling and grammar makes me sad and disappointed. The article is unreadable! You should be ashamed of yourself.
Thanks Captain Internet for your important suggestion. I had written this draft and had checked for typos but not for grammatical mistakes. Now I realise that an important article will affect readers. So the next time, Ill take care about checking for them as well.
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