Thursday, March 17th, 2005

CNet gets onto Ajax

Category: Ajax

<p>CNet has a new editorial called: Web tools blaze trail to the past.

They have interviewed a bunch of different players, who have interesting opinions.

One of the interesting pieces is:

Passing Fad?

Technologists working on the next generation of Web application technologies scoff at the idea that a JavaScript renaissance is going to threaten their vision of the future. Instead, they insist Google’s rising tide is lifting their boats.

“For a company serving that many people at that scale, Google is taking uncharacteristic risks on their front end to do things that other companies with old infrastructures in place don’t know are even possible,” said Laszlo’s Temkin. “I’m incredibly happy that Google is taking this step, because it’s forcing the market to realize what to us has been incredibly obvious about rich Internet applications. It’s forcing the portals and others to notice the value here. That’s tremendous for us.”

By the same token, Google denies any ideological attachment to its standards-based approach. Instead, the company says it has evaluated all the options before it and will continue to do so as new technologies become available or existing ones get refined.

The JavaScript approach, Google acknowledges, leaves some things to be desired. For example, it’s harder to integrate applications with third-party applications.

In the final analysis, however, Google has given JavaScript that crucial programming designation: good enough.

JavaScript is definitely a pain. It is not the ideal programming model. But right now, with some nice abstractions, Ajax is an interesting choice.

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What, in particular, makes you think JavaScript is a pain?

The language itself is quite a nice little functional language, it’s the browser bindings that by-and-large suck donkey.

Or are you using the terms interchangeably?

Comment by Alex Russell — March 17, 2005

Nothing could make me happier than blazing a trail to the past. The past works. I don’t need to recount here how many internet technologies were developed a decade or two before demand for them ignited.

And Alex is right, javascript (the past) is very nice. It’s not javascript’s fault that the browser platforms (the present) are all at war — and at least the wars are dying down. I’m working on a piece over at ajaxredux.com where I have learned that the browser bindings are often the bastard child of web development. The tech is there — what we really need are libraries that do runtime browser porting for us.

Comment by Travis Wilson — March 21, 2005

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