WSJ on Ajax

Wall Street Journal writes about the rising popularity of Ajax:

Ajax, which stands for “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML,” helps make Web-based programs nearly as responsive as software that resides on a user’s computer. The technique helps speed up computer operations by cutting down on the need to request fresh Web pages from a distant server computer. Instead, Ajax applications can request smaller chunks of data to update a Web page already on a user’s screen.

As a result, Internet-based programs viewed inside Web browsers, such as instant messaging or email, can now behave more like bulkier software that resides on a desktop computer. Some of these Internet-based programs can also be cheaper to buy than desktop software, posing a potential threat to the likes of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office word-processing suite. Microsoft, however, notes that desktop products like Office have successfully weathered many technological challenges over the years.

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Rajesh Jain

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