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

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Chapter 3. AJAX Architectures

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

Mahatma Gandhi

In the previous chapter, we examined strategies for getting AJAX easily and smoothly into our ASP.NET applications. Partial rendering is definitely worth a try because it doesn’t require a steep and long learning curve and has a limited, often low, impact on the existing code.

Unfortunately, though, partial rendering doesn’t really capture the heart of the AJAX paradigm. A very similar metaphor to describe partial rendering in the context of AJAX is the following. Partial rendering doesn’t teach you how to fish; rather, it opens up a new fish market nearby where you can order nearly all types of fish and pay for it. In the ...

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