Monthly Archives: May 2005

AJAX: what’s a session?

As I mentioned here, my concern about the buzz surrounding AJAX is not what’s being said but what isn’t being said. One question I’ve got nagging me, which I’ve yet to see serious discussion of, is the that of AJAX and sessions / state. I guess either no one is thinking about it or it’s…

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Back Button Expectation Gaps

I think it’s been pointed out so much that nobody can miss one of AJAX’s apparent faults – the back button and it’s unexpected results for the user. There is an expectation gap of sorts between AJAX, users and browsers. What does this mean for a hypothetical one page Web Application? Pressing the back button,…

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Synchronous Requests == BAD

Following on from earlier and the first AJAX mistake: Assuming the network is reliable – don’t use synchronous XMLHttpRequests. Period.

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A Grumpier Ajaxian

Figured I’d jump in on this blog, as I’ve got itches to scratch. I’m the author of JPSpan, a toolkit for hooking up PHP and Javascript via XMLHttpRequest. The ideas behind JPSpan were originally conceived back in April 2004, as blogged here and the first release announced in September 2004, albeit under a different name….

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Summit inspired overview of Ajax

Need some light Sunday afternoon reading? Or, new to ajax and befuddled as to what this all means? Then this might be the article for you. Derek Powazek attended the recent Ajax Summit put on by O’Reilly and Adaptive Path, and shares some of his thoughts and insights about what this all means. Link What’s…

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Things To _Not_ Do With Your Ajax Foo

Alex Bosworth of sourcelabs.com has recently posted a list 10 common ajax mistakes. It’s a well thought out set (albeit some are more corner cases than others) of usability issues to keep an eye on as your building your next ajax app. A big part of of ajax’s alure is the increased usability you can…

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Ajax Bloggers Wanted!

We’ve just reached our 100th RSS subscriber here at Ajax Blog! Unfortunately, the few contributors to this site get busy every once in a while (work, side-projects, star wars, etc, etc). So, we’re looking for one or two additional Ajax Bloggers who can post interesting material (links, articles, resources, etc) on Ajax! As an Ajax…

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A Simpler Ajax Path?

Matthew Eernisse has posted a tutorial titled A Simpler Ajax Path over at OnLamp.com. While the article is a great resource for people brand new to “Ajax” or the XmlHttpRequest object + server-side magic, I don’t think it’ll be especially useful for building large-scale Ajax applications with tight server-side integration. I honestly haven’t played too…

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AJAX Patterns Wiki

Nice ever-growing wiki on Ajax Patterns: … an in-progress collection of AJAX patterns being collected and discovered by Michael Mahemoff (http://mahemoff.com). Of course, it’s a Wiki, so anyone can contribute and make it better! Background: Why Ajax patterns?

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XMLHttpRequest Tracing for Ajax Debugging

Just came across this piece on debugging your Ajax scripts. Julien Couvreur has created a Greasemonkey script to help trace XmlHttpReq calls. Here’s a screenshot: Very cool indeed. Link

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