QuirksBlog: Ajax, promise or hype?

In his article, Garrett introduces the catch-phrase “Ajax” — an abbreviation for Asynchronous JavaScript + XML — to describe a technique that invisibly fetches bits of data from the server and integrates them into the page the user is currently viewing. Garrett sums up:

Ajax isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates:

* standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;

* dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;

* data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;

* asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;

* and JavaScript binding everything together

I have several doubts about the viability of this technical overview.

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