Chapter 8. AJAX Usability

Emerging technologies often arrive as something of a double-edged sword. The worldwide transition from traditional web applications to AJAX applications has been rapid and unprecedented. This is evidenced by the rapid proliferation of literature on the subject and the appearance of literally hundreds of independent open-source libraries and commercial AJAX offerings intended to aid and simplify development. In the developer-tools world, we’ve seen maturity and growth in AJAX resources. Microsoft has ASP.NET AJAX, and Sun has Netbeans and Java Studio Creator tools for AJAX development. XHR is altering the way we design and build web software, and it’s not surprising that as we begin using it to solve old usability problems, ...

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