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Selenium 2 Testing Tools Beginner's Guide by David Burns

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Selenium tests against AJAX applications

Web applications today are being designed in such a way that they appear the same as desktop applications. Web developers are accomplishing this by using AJAX within their web applications. AJAX stands for Asynchronous JavaScript And XML due to the fact that it relies on JavaScript creating asynchronous calls and then returning XML with the data that the user or application requires to carry on. AJAX does not rely on XML anymore, as more and more people move over JSON, JavaScript Object Notation , which is more lightweight in the way that it transfers the data. It does not rely on the extra overhead of opening and closing tags that is needed to create valid XML.

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