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Ajax: Creating Web Pages with Asynchronous JavaScript and XML by Edmond Woychowsky

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Chapter 5. Ajax Using HTML and JavaScript

Human beings, as well as other life forms, are made up of chemicals such as iron, nitrogen, and water. However, simply mixing everything together in a cauldron and giving it a quick stir won’t result in someone climbing out of the cauldron. The reason for this is that it isn’t the type of ingredients put together; it is how the ingredients are put together. After all, if girls really were made of sugar and spice and everything nice, there would be a lot more geeky guys with dates at the prom. If you’ve ever read Lester Del Rey’s short story Helen O’Loy, you might be accustomed to the concept of building a date from things lying about.

The same is true for web applications. Consider for a moment what is ...

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