Chapter 1. What Is AJAX?

In this chapter

1.1 Rich Internet Applications

1.2 AJAX Defined

1.3 Technologies of AJAX

1.4 Remote Scripting

1.5 Gmail Brings XMLHttpRequest into the Mainstream

1.6 New Name: AJAX

1.7 Summary

Web 2.0, Rich Internet Application (RIA), Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) are terms that explain some of the new technologies that are changing the World Wide Web. These changes focus on the user experience instead of just on the technology, and this collective focus will create the next version of the Web.

This chapter examines these terms, defines them, and looks at their basic composition. The main focus is AJAX because it is the technology that makes the others possible. A short history is provided to give ...

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