Chapter 14. Creating Dynamic Content
Web programmers who spend most of their time coding for server processing frequently overlook the power that a scripted client can provide to an otherwise dead and dull web page. Their (quite logical) train of thought is to have the server work its magic to assemble content that shoots its way to the browser, where users read it and perhaps enter various things into forms. The browser then sends the form back to the server, where more programming processes the user input. It’s powerful stuff on the server, and applications involving transactions and database access need that power running right where it is.
Users, however, are accustomed to direct manipulation of data and instant feedback from their experience with standalone applications running on their computers. When you change ...