Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Top Ten Reasons Ajax is Here to Stay

Category: Editorial

Top Ten List

Andre Charland has chimed in with his thoughts on why Ajax isn’t just about hype, and that it is here to stay, with his top ten list:

  1. Open Standards Based
  2. Usability and User Experience Are King
  3. Cross Browser and Cross Platform
  4. Benefits of Regular Web Applications
  5. Low Incremental Cost
  6. Plays Nicely with Flex and Flash
  7. Adoption Is Strong with Industry Leaders
  8. Web 2.0
  9. Server Technology Agnostic
  10. XAML, XUL, XForms…Not Yet.

Is he right? Are there other reasons that you feel are important?

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Why is “Web 2.0” a reason? Why not throw “DHTML” up there as a reason while you’re at it. I’m sick of buzzwords.

Comment by Jason — January 4, 2006

11. an endless stream of scammers, script kiddies, lamers, posers and idiots who will plug in any blinkenlight to get pageviews.

Comment by grumpY! — January 4, 2006

11. an endless stream of scammers, script kiddies, lamers, posers and idiots who will plug in any blinkenlight to get pageviews…

Comment by grumpY! — January 4, 2006

The irony to Grumpy’s 11 is that AJAX will reduce the number of pageviews.

Meanwhile:
1. Open Standards that were adopted based on a proprietary concept that Microsoft (gasp!) introduced in Outlook Web Access.
2. Exactly, and AJAX offers many, many new ways to butcher usability.
3. Only if you consider OS 9 a dead platform (I wish I could completely declare it dead to me in my development process – however, stats don’t lie… about IE 5.1x on Mac, anyway)

I could probaby come up with a clever comeback to each point, but I’ll skip to #8 instead…

8. Bull. shit.

Comment by Robb Irrgang — January 4, 2006

Top Ten Reasons Ajax is Here to Stay

Andre Charland has chimed in with his thoughts on why Ajax isn’t just about hype, and that it is here to stay, with his top ten list:

Open Standards Based
Usability and User Experience Are King
Cross Browser and Cross Platform
Benefits of Regular We…

Trackback by Chris Esler - Web Design & Graphic Design — January 5, 2006

The problem with using AJAX as a synonym for “web development involving some scripted HTTP access on the client” is that AJAX already has a well defined meaning which makes it just another tool in the toolbox.

Can we at least come up with a *properly* meaningless phrase (i.e. not a well defined acronym) to use when we mean “web development involving some scripted HTTP access on the client”? It makes lists like this one look a bit silly, otherwise.

In saying that, any serious list with Web 2.0 on it looks a bit silly ;-)

Comment by Jonathan Buchanan — January 5, 2006

I agree with Jason.
The instant I saw it I thought, “How is ‘Web 2.0’ a reason?”

Comment by Alex Leonard — January 5, 2006

I think it’s a valid point, but the reason I think “web 2.0” should be on there is because Ajax is one element of some sweeping changes that are affecting the way people and businesses market themselves and interact with their stakeholders on the web in general. A new emphasis on bidirection communication is strengthening relationships with these groups, and an increased emphasis on the end user is a part of that. I think this is all part of what people refer to as “Web 2.0”. Thoughts?

Comment by Alexei — January 5, 2006

Ok, so I obviously hit an emotional chord by including Web2.0 in this top ten list. I meant mostly that Web2.0 and all the hype/buzz/bs around is helping the adoption of many new and not so new web technologies. Sure AJAX is one of them but RSS, blogs, wikis, etc…are benefiting from the increased media attention. I alluded to this in my Developer.com but just as a Top 10 bullet point that’s harder to catch. I most of these technologies will outlast the Web2.0 meme and hype.

On open standards, is there another RIA technology that is more open and can be supported by the same or bigger share of the market than AJAX? Ya MS may have pioneered it, but anyone can support these standards now. In fact one reason AJAX has taken in the last year is Mozilla/FireFox’s support it. Netscapte could’ve done it but they didn’t.

On usability…is there any other reason to use AJAX that usability enhancements? That being I do a agree it can overused and misused and we’ve already seen a lot of that. (we can slow down with the over ajaxed start pages that’s for sure) This is why it’s great to see many usability experts hot on the AJAX bandwagon.

IE on Mac is dead soon enough, can’t even download it after the end of Jan I think. But FireFox is great browser…

Alex, I sincerely hope you never say to a client either. But I do think you should talk to your clients about usability and creating more engaging user experiences online…whether or not these concepts are part of Web1.0, 2.0, 3.2.1 beta or what ever!

Don’t believe the hype;-)

Comment by Andre Charland — January 5, 2006

The biggest reason: because IE supports it.

Without IE support (and frankly, MS’s innovation in creating it), AJAX would be so much dust.

Comment by Rick Dailey — January 5, 2006

That’s very true Rick..and also why we appear to have so much “AJAX” expertise already…well the truth is people have been using it for years. But we got a lot more push back when it was IE only…the alternative browser although a small share of the market, especially non-geeks, gave users an alternative and they felt less vendor lock-in. I believe this has helped widespread adoption recently, especially for large public facing apps and sites.

Comment by Andre Charland — January 6, 2006

Usability and a more engaging user experience both sound good to me. Usability carries more weight as far as I’m concerned. The thing I will always push first when talking to a client is the easy transfer and location of information from a website to a user. Ultimately if a user has to spend a few extra clicks trying to find the information they are looking for, I’ve failed in my job.

After that I think adding the bells and whistles is great, if the client is interested. I’m totally happy to use unobtrusive flash for some slightly more engaging graphics/animations, but certainly not for anything functional. This is why I like the idea of AJAX, allowing a slightly more dynamic interface without disrupting the usability or, hopefully, the compatibility.

As far as Web 2.0 goes, I still think it is a bit of a buzzword, and I am careful of those. I really see it as a more natural evolution, these things have been building for a while and then all of a sudden somebody wakes up and says:
“Hey, look, the web has kind of changed since it took off. This is amazing, it has grown and changed and been influenced by its users. It is now (Oh my, I’ve never got to coin a phrase before, this could be fun) ***fanfare*** WEB 2.0!!! ”

To me, it’s just evolution.

Or maybe I’m just being pedantic, but I only got 4 hours sleep, so I could easily be in an early morning grump. It is great, and the user interactivity is fantastic, but I am still using the web ultimately for an information source (and what a source it is)(so good I only get 4 hours sleep because of it!)
: )

Have I gone off-topic? Very possibly. Ahem.

Comment by Alex Leonard — January 6, 2006

How does ajax compare to java applet? Didn’t java applet offered office suites five years ago. What if applet comes back. Here’s two more reason for ajax to stay though: broadband access and 4x processor speed compared to 5 years ago.

Comment by Joe Oasis — January 6, 2006

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Regarding Java applets, there is another reason for Ajax: Neither plugins nor virtual machines are needed to run an Ajax application.

Comment by Denny Carl — February 6, 2006

See … http://www.pageflakes.com, or http://www.netvies.com or goowy and you will know why is ajax here to stay

Comment by Shafqat Ahmed — November 23, 2006

i guess web 2.0 is more marketing-oriented than anything else. what has web 2.0 really changed in the web? it a marketing tool, not more.

Comment by xwjcz33 — March 26, 2008

Dear all, what will be with web 3.0? It will come, can you imagine, what’s next on the web…? Best regards Ricci

Comment by xwjcz33 — March 26, 2008

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