Chapter 13. Building stand-alone applications with Ajax

This chapter covers

  • Handling RSS feeds
  • Ajax for accessing websites directly
  • Ajax without a server
  • Fade-in, fade-out

In the last four chapters, we’ve developed a range of neat Ajax applications and shown the client-side and server-side code for each. In this chapter, we don’t need to present you with any server-side code, because we’re not going to write any. This may come as a surprise to most people, but we can run Ajax applications directly against any web server-based stream of data, including those that are generated by third-party applications. We can develop a rich user interface for a web page that acts like a client application.

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