Appendix A. The Past, Present, and Future of Ajax

Maybe you couldn’t care less where Ajax came from, but just in case you do, I thought a little history lesson might be worthwhile. By understanding a bit more about the origins of Ajax, you’ll hopefully be more capable of assessing the role it will play in the future of Web development. It’s a very exciting technology, but one that is in many ways still in an exploratory state. So where exactly did Ajax come from and where is it headed? Let’s find out.

The Road to Ajax

When you get right down to it, Ajax is really just a term used to describe a particular application of existing technologies. This particular application has been around for a few years, but not until February of 2005 was given a catchy ...

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