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

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Chapter 4. A Better and Richer JavaScript

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Aside from the social implications of it, the Web 2.0 from a technology viewpoint is mostly about running more JavaScript code on the client. You can’t just take the standard JavaScript language that most browsers support today and ask any developer to write immensely capable applications using it. As a projectwide approach, it just doesn’t scale and work the way you might expect. JavaScript is not like, say, C#. JavaScript is a very special type of language; it’s probably not the language everybody would choose to use today to power up the client side of the Web. However, it’s the only common language we have, and we have to stick to ...

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