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Answer: What is AJAX

 
Michael Finney
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I have a strange feeling that many people will be asking quick little questions about what AJAX is. Let's nip this one in the bud.

From
http://www.wwwcoder.com/main/parentid/81/site/6044/68/default.aspx

What Does AJAX Stand For?

"AJAX means 'Asynchronous Javascript and XML'. Adaptive Path came up with the term in this essay: http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000385.php. However, the word is really a bit of a misnomer: AJAX doesn't really rely on XML at all, but rather on a Javascript function that happens to be named XMLHttpRequest."

Bottom line, google.com with its fancy maps and other technologies brought AJAX into the limelight.

Javascript can fetch content from the server and act more interactive.

BTW, I think AJAX may get supplemented with XUL or XUAL from Microsoft in the future. Check out MS Vista windows.

Take care all.
 
Bruce Jin
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Just wonder why Ajax is termed 'Asynchronous Javascript and XML'.
I have used Ajax in several projects and have never used XML in them.
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Christian Gross
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One point I would add. The "first real" Ajax application was map.search.ch. map.search.ch is a Swiss site that does similar things to Google Maps, but more. It is an excellent example of how to build a RESTful, dynamic, integrating Ajax site. To help you get started use the following address:

Muelistrasse 3
8143, Stallikon

That is where I used to live. Move the mouse around, and look at the bus stop. Click on it and notice how the site links with sbb.ch (Swiss public transporation). With map.search.ch you can check out how busy parking lots in Zurich are, find phone numbers of marked restaurants, etc. It is very impressive.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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