Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
In his latest column for News.com, Alex Krapf talks about his “axe to grind” with Ajax.
Recently, my buzzword detector went off when I tried to attend the monthly New England Java Users Group meeting and found myself wait-listed: The room with a capacity of about 300 was oversubscribed by a factor of two.
Since that evening, I’ve spent quite some time researching the AJAX phenomenon, and I’ve come to a conclusion: I don’t get it.
He goes on to justify this statement by noting that he just doesn’t see the browser as a viable platform for applications., and that developers continually try to find ways around the browsers weaknesses rather than playing to its strengths. He’s impressed with the Google Maps application and a few others he’s seen, but on the whole, he’s not impressed.
There are three questions he says to ask yourself when considering Ajax in your application: “What are you trying to resolve?”, “Are there other solutions?”, and “What security implications are there with XMLHttpRequest endpoints?”.
This quote sums up his perspective well:
AJAX is sexy, but it is hardly revolutionary.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:08 am