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jQuery in Action, Third Edition by Yehuda Katz Bear Bibeault and Aurelio De Rosa

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Chapter 10. Talk to the server with Ajax

This chapter covers

  • A brief overview of Ajax
  • Loading preformatted HTML from the server
  • Making GET and POST requests
  • Exerting fine-grained control over requests
  • Setting default Ajax properties
  • Handling Ajax events

Ajax is one of the technologies that has heavily transformed the landscape of the web. The ability to make asynchronous requests back to the server without the need to reload entire pages has enabled a whole new set of user-interaction paradigms and made DOM-scripted applications possible.

A few years after Microsoft introduced Ajax, a handful of events launched it into the collective consciousness of the web development community. The non-Microsoft browsers implemented a standardized ...

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