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Microsoft® ASP.NET and AJAX: Architecting Web Applications by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 1. Under the Umbrella of AJAX

Forget what we think we know about the limitations of the Web, and begin to imagine a wider, richer range of possibilities.

Jesse James Garrett

In 2007, more or less at the same time I was proudly showcasing my hot new book on ASP.NET AJAX, an old friend of mine started investigating the features of AJAX and the still largely unknown Silverlight platform. He had just been given the task of planning and coordinating a huge migration project within his company.

He spent about ten years building, maintaining, and progressively enhancing a vertical application that had won an industry award and was aimed at some special categories of professionals, such as lawyers and public accountants. At some point, his company ...

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