AJAX has fundamentally changed how we build and consume Web applications. Reloading pages, posting forms, and even Web site navigation have changed drastically since I first started building Web pages back in 1992. Today, customers expect rich Internet applications with live data, not just pages of static information. This is especially true as more and more business applications are moved to the Internet and browsers such as Google’s Chrome browser are developed to optimize rich Internet applications.

A few years ago AJAX was a novel concept. Most of us had seen AJAX used in dramatic ways in applications like Google Maps and Microsoft’s Windows Live Local, but only a few developers understood how to use it in their own applications. ...

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