Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ajax and browser-based applications (speaker Scott DeLap)

Scott gave a short introduction but I thought it good to iterate two things he mentioned:

Ajax as a name or abbreviation (AJAX or really AJaX) is about 2 years old whereas the technology is much older. This reminds me that I was doing Ajax even back in the days when there was only Classic ASP, come to think of it.

Ajax is almost synonymous with eye-candy and snappy user interfaces but there is also the set of improvements performance-wise since doing more stuff on the client will relieve the servers, network and other components in the communication chain. Kind of makes me think of Windows Vista about which most people only see the visual improvements but not what goes on under the hood.

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