Dec. 31, 2005 01:30 AMhttp://au.sys-con.com/read/166995.htm
Ajax has been the other
big software story of 2005, along with Web 2.0. An optional ingredient to Web 2.0 software, Ajax has changed the perception of Web-based software as being horribly clunky, page-oriented, and boring when compared to native computer applications. Ajax describes a set of techniques that makes Web software quite the opposite. A quick visit to Google Maps and its live scrollable map tiles or NetVibes and its drag-and-drop reorganization of your personal data both show how potent and compelling Ajax techniques really are.
I originally covered the current state of Ajax back in August in a widely linked article. It still provides a good summary of the history, benefits, and pitfalls of Ajax but it's amazing what has happened since then. It's also interesting to see what issue haven't been resolved. Though Ajax isn't a technology, it's strictly constrained by the technologies that it uses to describe how to weave visually arresting, highly intereactive, web service-based applications that can be loaded into any browser with a single URL, all without installing any software. But some challenges continue to remain but are decreasing in concern.
The term and world-wide attention behind Ajax is not even a year old, but you can find a wide range of poweful tools either with newly added support for Ajax or created just to support the Ajax way of life. In addition, many of the constaints and problems with Ajax have been resolved or greatly reduced. But keeping track of all these developments is very difficult, so I've compiled a summary here of the major advances in Ajax so far this year.
I hope you enjoy. And as always, please add your own at the bottom for all to benefit...
Improved Ajax Techniques