What is Ajax (and what is it not)? Part 2 of 3

Posted in Ajax / Scripting, Resources, Web Standards

AjaxThis is the second post (of three) discussing the topic of Ajax. In case you haven’t already done so, you might want to read Part 1. It’s not essential, but it will provide some general context and a roadmap of the three blog posts.

Now that I’ve covered the basics about what Ajax is and is not, I’d like to spend some time playing around with some actual Ajax code. I’ll go ahead and say up front that there’s not much original here. I’m not professing to be an expert Ajax programmer (or hard-core JavaScript programmer, for that matter). Using a home improvement analogy, I’m not trying to build my own hammer, screwdriver, or copper tubing from scratch; I’m holding the tools in my own hands and trying them out to see what each can do. In other words, I’m exploring the use of readily available Ajax and other JavaScript components in my own server environment.

I’m a firm believer that if you want to better understand something, it’s important to take it apart and try it out for yourself. I encourage you to do the same thing… if one of the following demos catches your eye, go read more about it on the original site and create your own demo on your site. Style it up, make some changes, and have fun. I’ve provided links to all the original sites for easy reference.

Enough discussion already… here are some Ajax (and Ajax-like) demos for your enjoyment.