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Introducing Microsoft® ASP.NET AJAX by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 8. Building AJAX Applications with ASP.NET

The primary purpose of ASP.NET AJAX is making the user’s experience as rich as possible by providing a breakthrough programming environment to developers so that they can code what was impossible or impractical before. Partial page refresh and remote method calls are the key features of an AJAX-powered application. Together, these features enable developers to build mash-up applications, display real-time data, and update the user interface promptly and smoothly. All this is darned cool and effective, but it’s also a little bit confusing when, having recovered from the initial hype, you think it over with a cold ...

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