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Simply JavaScript by Cameron Adams, Kevin Yank

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Chapter 8Ajax

It’s probably not an understatement to say that Ajax has revitalized the Web. It’s certainly one of the reasons for a resurgent interest in JavaScript and it might even be the reason that you’re reading this book.

Irrespective of the hyperbole surrounding Ajax, the technology has dramatically affected the way in which people can interact with a web page. The ability to update individual parts of a page with information from a remote server mightn’t sound like a revolutionary change, but it has facilitated a seamless type of interaction that has been missing from HTML documents since their inception.

This ability to create a fluidly updating web page has captured the imaginations of developers and interaction designers alike; they’ve ...

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