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Introducing Microsoft® ASP.NET AJAX by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 4. Partial Page Rendering

The key concept behind AJAX development is that much more work than usual should occur on the client. For the time being, working on the client side also means using a script language, which is not something that would make most developers jump for joy. A large share of Web developers have a love-hate relationship with JavaScript and with script languages in general. Either they love it and can achieve virtually any results by leveraging the flexibility of the syntax, or they hate it and feel ill just at the appearance of a client <script> tag.

By design, any AJAX-enabled page inherently requires a bit of JavaScript ...

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