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Ajax in Action by Darren James, Eric Pascarello, Dave Crane

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Chapter 1. A new design for the Web

This chapter covers

  • Asynchronous network interactions and usage patterns
  • The key differences between Ajax and classic web applications
  • The four fundamental principles of Ajax
  • Ajax in the real world

Ideally, a user interface (UI) will be invisible to users, providing them with the options they need when they need them but otherwise staying out of their way, leaving users free to focus on the problem at hand. Unfortunately, this is a very hard thing to get right, and we become accustomed, or resigned, to working with suboptimal UIs on a daily basis—until someone shows us a better way, and we realize how frustrating our current method of doing things can be.

The Internet is currently undergoing such a realization, ...

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