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The Ajax technique uses a combination of:
XHTML (or HTML) and CSS, for marking up and styling information.
The XMLHttpRequest object to exchange data asynchronously with the web server. In some Ajax frameworks and in certain situations, an IFrame object is used instead of the XMLHttpRequest object to exchange data with the web server.
XML is sometimes used as the format for transferring data between the server and client, although any format will work, including preformatted HTML, plain text, JSON and even EBML.
Like DHTML, LAMP and SPA, Ajax is not a technology in itself, but a term that refers to the use of a group of technologies together.
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20-04-2011, 12:04 PM
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To create custom dynamic web applications a programmer must utilize Ajax. Ajax is a group of technologies that provide asynchronous two-way communication between a server and the web browser. Asynchronous communication allows the user to continue to browse the web page as sections of it are being loaded. This also allows the page to display new and updated information with out refreshing the page.Ajax development has exploded in recent years as companies have found customers prefer pages developed with it. ESPN uses Ajax extensively on their website to refresh scores and provide news headlines without the user having to update the page.
AJAX is a relatively new method to create rich internet applications with responsive interfaces that allow the designer to take a lot of the tedium out of using web-based mediums for day-to-day data interaction. The scope of this paper will be to provide information about what AJAX is and what it does, when it should and shouldn’t be used and what the future looks like for AJAX in comparison to the present and future alternatives. This will help developers determine the value of using AJAX in their project and implimentations and provide information about the proper use of this technology. This report will assume a basic knowledge with web forms and the design of web applications.
Ajax is unique because it allows for the creation of desktop like applications in a web environment. Typically a “desktop” application is very responsive and can have sections of the program change without refreshing the entire screen. This occurs because the program is running on the local machine. Web applications usually run thru an internet browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. These applications are usually slower because they require the server to process each request. Most web applications require the entire webpage to be processed at once. This means when a user clicks on a link in a webpage the whole page will be changed. With Ajax a user can click on a link and have a section of the page recreated for them without changing the whole page. This removes a portion of the load from the server because it only has to parse a section of the page rather than the whole page.
What is AJAX and what does it do?
It’s not hard to see how many applications this would have. A great example would be a form that allows users to look at their email. In the traditional web form model, a user would have to view a new web page every time they wanted to cycle to a new email. Using an AJAX web application, the user could cycle through emails without ever having to load a new web page. This is an example of a simple AJAX application although it could go so far as to implement a menu to select which email to view, a way to create and send emails, and a method of instantly notifying a user of new emails into the same web page, never having to be refreshed. Obviously, this would create a faster and more responsive web experience.
ORGINS OF AJAX
The term Ajax became widely known after the release of Google Maps and Google Suggest. These products showed flexibility never before seen in a web application and thus spurred developers to make new and innovative applications.
A time and a place…
With all of this power, why not use AJAX for everything a webpage does? Since all AJAX provides is a method of synchronizing and transferring data on request from the user and then manipulating it into the display, it shouldn’t be used for everything. While it may be tempting to create a web site that uses AJAX to provide on-the-fly search functionality and customizable navigation, AJAX development takes a lot of time, and the charm it provides will quickly wear off. Here are some situations where the development of an AJAX solution will provide the maximum return from development costs.
Forms: There is nothing more tedious than having to use the traditional web-form method for data entry. By applying AJAX to web forms, an amazing amount of functionality is added. Imagine being able to create a Windows application style interface to receive information from users on the web. When compared to a standard web interface, this seems much better. AJAX in forms has an obvious use anywhere multiple instances of the same data type will be received or displayed. It can also be used where modifying information will change information somewhere else to provide real-time updates.
Rapid Interaction: AJAX allows a web page to be used to create rapid interaction with the user. AJAX can make instant messaging on a web page a reality. AJAX can be used to allow a web page to serve as an event-based alarm, such as a stock ticker that warns the user when a price is reached. AJAX can be used in any situation where a browser is typically auto-refreshed which is another way AJAX moves the functionality in creating web applications closer to the freedom had when creating Windows applications.
Avoiding Refreshing: AJAX should be used in any situation that requires a lot of browser refreshing. Loading large lists for several small manipulations or working through a long tree view on a forum are tedious examples of situations where traditional web solutions spend a lot of time refreshing. Filling out small request or voting form on the side of a larger feature is so slow and distracting users avoid doing it. AJAX provides an elegant solution to all of these problems by being able completely avoid browser refreshing.
Auto Complete: This is tricky situation. AJAX can provide a great solution here when it provides auto completion of things that are similar between many users or a situation where users would use different language to describe the same thing. However, the time spent developing something like this for a website may just end up overlapping functionality already provided by most major browsers. If done correctly however, using AJAX to provide a well placed auto completion text box is a great idea, the key is to make sure that major browser’s auto-complete functionality isn’t duplicated and that the auto-completion being provided is worth the time to develop it.
AJAX has a fairly slow development time and it is in a developer’s best interest to use it only where it will provide a benefit that is worth the extra development time. For example, using AJAX to manage the navigation on a website is overkill. Using the DOM, CSS and XHTML is an easier and faster way to develop this. As outlined before, typically AJAX shouldn’t be used to provide the shape of the interface, but should be used to handle the interaction between the Client and the Server with the web page as the middle ground.
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06-02-2012, 03:41 PM
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What is Ajax
Ajax works as Intermediary
Ajax is a way of developing web applications that combines
.XHTML and CSS standards based presentation
.Interaction with the page through the DOM
.Data interchange with XML and XSLT
.Asynchronous data retrieval with XMLHttpRequest
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26-06-2012, 05:59 PM
AJAX[.docx (Size: 69.75 KB / Downloads: 27)
In the 1990s, most web sites were based on complete HTML pages; each user action required that the page be re-loaded from the server (or a new page loaded). This process is inefficient, as reflected by the user experience: all page content disappears then reappears, etc. Each time a page is reloaded due to a partial change, all of the content must be re-sent instead of only the changed information. This can place additional load on the server and use excessive bandwidth.
Now that we have discussed what Ajax is and what some higher-level issues are, let's put all the pieces together and look at an Ajax-enabled Java application.
Let's consider an example. A web application contains a static HTML page, or an HTML page generated in JSP technology contains an HTML form that requires server-side logic to validate form data without refreshing the page. A server-side web component ( servlet) named ValidateServlet will provide the validation logic. Figure 1 describes the details of the Ajax interaction that will provide the validation logic.
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23-08-2012, 05:07 PM
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What is AJAX?
Web development technique for creating web applications
Makes web pages more responsive by exchanging small amounts of data
Allows the web page to change its content without refreshing the whole page
A web browser technology independent of web server software
Improves the user experience
Analyzing information typed into browser in real time
Provide a richer experience
Increases responsiveness of web pages
Improve bandwidth utilization
Only data which is required is retrieved from the server
How it works
AJAX runs in your browser
Works with asynchronous data transfers(HTTP requests) between the browser and the web server
XML is commonly used as the format for receiving server data but plain text may be used as well
http = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP"); (IE)
http = new XMLHttpRequest(); (Mozilla)
Sending the request
Once the XMLHttpRequest object has been created it must be set up to call the server
http.open("GET", serverurl, true);
http.onreadystatechange = jsMethodToHandleResponse;
The code above utilizes the XMLHttpRequest object to contact the server and retrieve server data
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