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PHP and MySQL® Web Development, Fourth Edition by Laura Thomson, Luke Welling

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34 Building Web 2.0 Applications with Ajax

THE WORLD WIDE WEB BEGAN AS A SERIES of static pages containing text and links to image, audio, and video files. For the most part, the Web still exists in this state, although many of these pages filled with text and multimedia are dynamically generated through server-side scripting; this is what you have created through the applications in this book. But the advent of Web 2.0 has led developers to attempt to find new methods of user interaction with the web servers and databases that store the information we desire. One increasingly popular method of interaction is through the use of Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) programming to enhance interactivity while reducing the time spent retrieving ...

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