In This Chapter
Creating an XMLHttpRequest object
Building a synchronous AJAX request
Retrieving data from an AJAX request
Managing asynchronous AJAX requests
If you've been following web trends, you've no doubt heard of AJAX. This technology has generated a lot of interest. In this chapter, I show you what AJAX really is, how to use it, and how to use a particular AJAX library to supercharge your web pages.
The first thing is to figure out exactly what AJAX is and what it isn't. It isn't
- A programming language: It isn't one more language to learn along with the many others you encounter.
- New: Most of the technology used in AJAX isn't really all that new; it's the way the technology is being used that's different.
- Remarkably different: For the most part, AJAX is about the same things you'll see ...