By Deane Barker on February 21, 2005

ajax: a new approach to web applications: Adaptive Path sticks a name on the current crop of XMLHttpRequest-enabled apps.

An Ajax application eliminates the start-stop-start-stop nature of interaction on the Web by introducing an intermediary — an Ajax engine — between the user and the server. It seems like adding a layer to the application would make it less responsive, but the opposite is true.

I actually starting using this about four or five years ago (using Microsoft’s COM component in IE). I was really bad at it, though. Done wrong, this really kills usability — I was essentially letting a user browse an entire Web site without loading a new page, which is fine…until they try to hit the back button.



  1. I think AJAX brings an advance solution to usabilty and site enhancements. The technology is going up there to the point where the users could simplify and appreciate their experience online. Probably the main point AJAX should highly anticipate at this stage is its compatibility and accessibility concerns.

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