Chapter 1. AJAX and Rich Internet Applications

Traditional web-based applications are common place in today’s enterprise. They are used for everything from customer relationship management (CRM) to enterprise resource planning (ERP). Although useful, these applications are, for the most part, built largely depending on traditional web application stalwarts of HTML forms and whatever preferred server-side programming to do the heavy lifting. In these traditional web applications, the user interface (UI) is commonly rigid and noninteractive with any data entered by the user requiring a complete web page refresh to have that data submitted to the server. The combination of an unfamiliar HTML forms-based UI with the lengthy delay associated with refreshing ...

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