Chapter 2. First steps with the Microsoft Ajax Library

In this chapter:

  • Overview of the Microsoft Ajax Library
  • The Application model
  • The abstraction API for working with the DOM
  • JavaScript extensions

In the age of Ajax programming, web developers need to be more JavaScript proficient than ever. You must accomplish a long list of tasks in an Ajax-enabled page and coordinate activities on the client side. For example, you need the ability to access server resources, process the results quickly, and maintain smooth web-page interactivity. The need for programming patterns that build robust and maintainable code is also on the rise. In a nutshell, a consistent client-side programming environment that works on all modern browsers is essential. ...

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