Ajax, short for asynchronous JavaScript and XML, allows websites to retrieve data from the server asynchronously behind the scenes, without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page. Check out Ajax news, tips and tutorials here.

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Mike Potter Builds a Flash-y Ajax Site

Category: Ajax, Flash, PHP

On his blog today, Mike Potter shares an application and a tutorial that he’s worked up a simple Ajax-based site integrating Ajax, JSON, PHP, and Flex. With 90% of this being done with open source software (the only piece that is not open source, but is free (in terms of cost), is the Flex SDK), Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 3:19 pm

3.1 rating from 31 votes

Biggest AJAX problem

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Spend any time with any language out there (Javascript, PHP, ASP, etc) and you’ll run into problems. Most of these can be resolved with a few tweaks here and there, but sometimes, things can get the best of you. Ajax code isn’t immune either, and with the addition of an outside content source, things can Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:51 am

3.9 rating from 44 votes

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Safari: Browser.Back + Ajax

Category: Ajax, Browsers, WebKit

Matthias Willerich has written about hacks to get the back button working with Ajax land. He likes to various work: David Bloom’s work Mike Stenhouse’s work Less Rain Any others out there?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:52 am

3.6 rating from 21 votes

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Declarative Ajax

Category: Ajax, Articles, JavaScript

Duncan Cragg thinks that The Right Way to do Ajax is Declaratively: Don’t write your interactive Web application in custom Javascript! The Web’s Declarative nature needn’t be broken just because you want two-way dynamic data instead of one-way documents on your site. Instead, write Declaratively to generic Javascripts, plugins and browser features such as Hijax, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:26 am

3.8 rating from 54 votes

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Is AJAX Accessibility a major issue?

Category: Accessibility, Ajax

With yet another perspective on the wealth of Ajax usability discussion flying around, Hari Gottipati shares his thoughts on his blog on XML.com. Specifically, he’s responding to the eWeek article posted a while back. inally people realized the disadvantages of Ajax and they are trying to overcome them. The main disadvantage of Ajax is a Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:54 am

3.6 rating from 39 votes

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Two Key Challenges for Ajax Adoption that We Have Ignored

Category: Ajax, Editorial

In this new article over on the Ajax World Magazine site, Coach Wei talks about the two major hurdles that are really hindering Ajax’s widespread adoption in both the corporate and non-corporate worlds. He also wonders why no one’s doing anything about them… There are some fairly big issues with Ajax and I am puzzled. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:26 am

3 rating from 29 votes

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Web API authentication for mashups

Category: Ajax, Yahoo!

Julien Couvreur has posted on an interesting topic he’s been working with lately (along with Jason Levitt) – API authentication for mashup applications, both Ajax-enabled and not. Jason Levitt has been teasing me in our discussions on cross-domain requests about Yahoo’s upcoming authentication API. The recurring problem: how to offer web APIs that can be Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:12 am

3.8 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

uniAjax: an ajax framework focused on browser support

Category: Ajax, JavaScript, Library

Andreas Kalsch wanted an Ajax framework that could run on nearly all of the browsers out there, so he created uniAjax. Tactics for browser compatibility is dropping down to iframes as other frameworks do. Example Here is an example that makes a simple ajax request and shoves in the result to a div: < View Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:12 am

3.6 rating from 53 votes

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Interview with ZK Creator Tom Yeh

Category: Ajax, Framework, Java, Server, Toolkit

Agile Ajax has posted an interview with the creator of ZK, the server-side GUI framework for writing ajax apps with “no javascript and little programming”. ZK has some similiarities to Echo2 and GWT, though Tom Yeh, the creator, discusses the differences: on Echo2: Echo2 assumes UI designers are Swing programmers, while ZK assumes they are Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:44 am

4.1 rating from 49 votes

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

RailsConf 2006: Rails on Ajax by Justin Gehtland

Category: Ajax, Conferences, Presentation, Prototype, Ruby

(Note From Rob: This session write up comes courtesy of Jim Halberg. Jim is not an official Ajaxian, though he dreams about being one when he grows up. Thanks, Jim!) Are we still at the point where a talk on ajax must start with the "What is ajax?" question? Well, at least the explanations seem Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 1:09 pm

3.6 rating from 44 votes

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Book Review: Ajax in 10 Minutes

Category: Ajax, Book Reviews

Books can be the lifeblood of any technology, but only if they’re good. To that end, WebReference.com has posted a new book review of Sams Publishing’s “Ajax in 10 Minutes” book to share if they thought it was up to the task. Not being familiar with the Sams “Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes” series, I Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:33 am

3.4 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Flash versus Ajax – Keeping Score

Category: Ajax, Flash

Christian Stocker briefly mentions some notes from a talk given at the

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:43 pm

3.5 rating from 48 votes

Oracle.com: Enabling Data Exchange in Ajax Applications

Category: Ajax, Programming

On the Oracle Technology Network today, there’s a new tutorial that steps developers through the process of getting Ajax and their Java applications to play nicely together. The Ajax core API known as XMLHttpRequest is all about sending HTTP requests for the sole purpose of exchanging data between Web browsers and servers. The JavaScript code Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:34 pm
1 Comment

4 rating from 50 votes

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Ajax anti-patterns

Category: Ajax, Usability

In this blog entry from Ed Burnette, he voices some opinions about what he calls “Ajax anti-patterns”, things that Ajax sites need to watch out for as they’re developing their sites. Microsoft recently rolled out live.com, a beta Ajax home page, to mixed reviews. The interesting part to me in all this are the lessons Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:14 am

4.3 rating from 41 votes

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Understanding Ajax (Prentice Hall)

Category: Ajax

Joshua Eichorn mentions, in this new blog post not only that he’s getting married (congrats!) but also about a new Ajax-related book that he’s been working on: Understanding Ajax (Prentice Hall). The book is finally into production and I’m just starting to get some chapters back from the copy editor. I do have one thing Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:53 am
1 Comment

3.4 rating from 17 votes

A Yahoo Mail Ajax Worm?

Category: Ajax, Editorial

Web applications, just like any other environment, can have their share of issues. Thrown something as dynamic as Ajax into the mix and you could have some real problems if it’s left unchecked. Unfortunately, as Eric Pascarello mentions in this new blog post, there just might be one such issue with one of the larger Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:46 am

4.1 rating from 37 votes