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[21 Aug 2008 | No Comment | 2,774 views]

“When we were young, we were told that ‘Everybody else is doing it’ was a really stupid reason to do something. Now it’s the standard reason for picking a particular software package.” — Barry Gehm
When you make decisions, one strong bias is the bandwagon effect. The idea is that humans often do or think things just because many others do the same. Now, after convincing yourself that Ajax is something you have to use, be careful not to find artificial excuses to use it. To some people, Ajax is the …

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[21 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | 3,758 views]

Ajax lets Web developers create interactive Web sites that function more like desktop programs rather than static Web sites. Gmail and Google Maps are two of the most common examples of sites built using Ajax. A variety of techniques allow Ajax to place the interactivity directly within the browser, instead of the browser having to constantly contact a Web server to get information.
When someone visits an Ajax site, the browser loads the HTML page as it would normally. After that, though, Ajax uses JavaScript for interactivity. When a site visitor …


[21 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | 4,768 views]

Doing some recent research within the area of AJAX led me to a spin-off of the Ajax era of web application development called Comet. Using Comet, developers have the ability to stream data to and from the browser, instead of communication done thru series of call backs between the browser and the server. Seems like a slick idea, but if you have not used JSON before (basically a Java based XML language) you are in for a slight learning curve. Lingr.com is a great example of an easy use …