AOL Bets Big on AJAX

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-10-25 Print this article Print

An AOL executive says AJAX helps the online mega-community run and empowers developers to use the company's platform to build their own Web applications.

BOSTON—America Online, the creator of one of the largest online communities, has done so with the help of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML technology, a company executive said.

In a keynote at The AJAX Experience conference here, William Morris, vice president of products and technology, who works at AOL's Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, Calif., said AJAX technologies and AJAX-style development has been a cornerstone of AOL's advancement on the Web.

For his part, Morris said AJAX is one of the underlying design principles used by AOL to create the company's most popular applications and services that are used by millions of people around the world.

Indeed, the company is looking ahead and helping to build accessibility standards for AJAX, Morris said. The company's future direction also includes continued work with open-source technologies and standards bodies, as well as working to develop, consume and publish microformats, he said.

Microformats are markups that enable expression of semantics in an HTML (or XHTML) Web page.

One of the new initiatives AOL is working on is its new Web AIM (AOL's Instant Messenger) APIs, Morris said. The Web AIM APIs allow easy and seamless integration of AIM functionality into Web pages, he said.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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