Several years ago, I worked for a company that had a reputation for conceiving incredible ideas. Unfortunately, the company also had a reputation for being unable to either recognize the value of those ideas or market a product using those ideas. Such was the case with the
XMLHttpRequest object, originally created by Microsoft for use with one of the products in its Office Suite. It languished unused until outsiders discovered it in Internet Explorer.
These unknown intrepid developers knew immediately that the
XMLHttpRequest object was a solution in search of a problem. The only real question was in finding the problem. And although I can’t speak for anyone else, the problem that I chose was a shopping cart application ...