What is Ajax? It is not only washing powder

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Used in almost all of the new sites I play a part in developing these days, from web-based CRM to basic CMS.

By the way, Ajax is shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript And XML (and DHTML, and so on). The phrase was coined by Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path and is, according to Jesse, not meant to be an acronym.

According to me it is a washing powder too. Similar to the Apple Mac being a computer and the washing powder is Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac.

Here are the basic technologies involved in Ajax applications:

  • HTML is used to build Web forms and identify fields for use in the rest of your application.
  • JavaScript code is the core code running Ajax applications and it helps facilitate communication with server applications.
  • DHTML, or Dynamic HTML, helps you update your forms dynamically. You’ll use div, span, and other dynamic HTML elements to mark up your HTML.
  • DOM, the Document Object Model, will be used (through JavaScript code) to work with both the structure of your HTML and (in some cases) XML returned from the server.

Read more on this in the first of many more articles to come: Mastering Ajax, Part 1: Introduction to Ajax

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