Friday, March 3rd, 2006
From the O’Reilly Perl.com site, there’s a new article talking about a simple, quick way to enable Ajax usage inside of Perl, with the help of a module from CPAN.
If you’re even remotely connected to web development, you can’t have failed to have heard of Ajax at some point in the last year. It probably sounded like the latest buzzword and was one of those things you stuck on the “must read up on later” pile. While it’s definitely a buzzword, it’s also quite a useful one.
In short, it’s about making your web pages more interactive. At the core, Ajax techniques let you update parts of your web page without reloading the whole page from scratch. This enables some very cool effects.
They continue on, explaining a bit more about what Ajax is and how it’s used before getting into the actual usage of it. They show you how to grab the Perl module, CGI::Ajax, from CPAN and help you create a sample introductory application – a username checker. They wrap it up with a look at how Ajax is used in the “real world”, and note that there are times to use it and times to push it aside, depending on the app.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:01 am