AJAX: Are You Experienced?By Darryl K. Taft | Posted 2006-05-11 Email Print
AJAX has taken the developer world by storm, but it could be even more effective with the right browser capabilities, claim a pair of AJAX experts at the AJAX Experience show.
SAN FRANCISCOAJAX has taken the developer world by storm, but it could be even more effective with the right browser capabilities, said two AJAX experts at the inaugural AJAX Experience conference here.
"We're sick of people saying the Web sucks, you need rich clients," Galbraith said. "With these features we'd be pretty excited about the world we could live in."
"Why did we not have this conference in 1997?" asked Galbraith. He said 1997 was when XMLhttpRequest (also known as XHR) appeared on the scene. "If we did have this event in 1997, the show would have to be at Microsoft, with Adam Bosworth and the IE [Internet Explorer] team," Almaer said. Microsoft is said to have invented XMLhttpRequest.
Meanwhile, XMLhttpRequest went unnoticed for several years until Mozilla introduced it into its browser, and "XHR went undiscovered in Mozilla until Gmail, Google Maps and Google Suggest," Galbraith said.
He noted that the Web developer community is adept at innovating within constraints. However, the latest set of constraints will enable developers to go pretty far, he said. With AJAX and the current technology base, developers can create user experiences comparable to desktop applications, Galbraith said. And he said he believes "Comet will change the server-side game."
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