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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 3.5 by Dino Esposito

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AJAX is not a particular technology or product. It refers to a number of client features, and related development techniques, that make Web applications look like desktop applications. AJAX doesn't require any plug-in modules either and is not browser specific. Virtually any browser released in the past five years can serve as a great host for AJAX-based applications. AJAX development techniques revolve around one common software element—the XMLHttpRequest object. The availability of this object in the object model of most browsers is the key to the current ubiquity and success of AJAX applications. In addition to XMLHttpRequest, a second factor contributes to the wide success of AJAX—the availability ...

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