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

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Chapter 7. Client-Side Data Binding

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion; every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Bertrand Russell

No doubt that if you bought this book you have a strong interest in AJAX. As repeatedly mentioned in earlier chapters, though, along with its many shiny lights AJAX also has a dark side. AJAX is quick and easy to implement for simple individual features of a page; you’ll find that it’s much less trivial as you scale it to the size of an entire application.

More often than not, Web applications are the front end of one or more enterprise systems. Data from these enterprise systems is variegated and must be aggregated, perhaps even formatted, before display. Sure, you might say, "Isn’t this that cool thing called ...

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