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jQuery in Action by Yehuda Katz, Bear Bibeault

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Chapter 8. Talk to the server with Ajax

This chapter covers

  • A brief overview of Ajax
  • Loading pre-formatted HTML from the server
  • Making general GET and POST requests
  • Making requests with fine-grained control
  • Setting default Ajax properties
  • A comprehensive example

It can be successfully argued that no one technology has transformed the landscape of the web more in recent years than the adoption of Ajax. The ability to make asynchronous requests back to the server without the need to reload pages has enabled a whole new set of user interaction paradigms and made Rich Internet Applications possible.

Ajax is a less recent addition to the web toolbox than many people may realize. In 1998, Microsoft introduced the ability to perform asynchronous ...

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