Word of the Week

AJAX is an acronym for “asynchronous JavaScript and XML.”  It is comprised of a number of technologies, including:

  • XHTML and CSS
  • The DOM (Documents Object Model) accessed with JavaScript, which according to Bruce Sterling is “the duct tape of the Web.”  (see http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2009/03/what-bruce-ster/)
  • An asynchronous exchange of data between the server and the client, made possible through XMLHttpRequest (XHR), IFrame, or <script> elements.
  • A format, such as XML, utilized to send data.

AJAX is utilized heavily in Web 2.0 technologies.   For more information, see http://www.w3schools.com/Ajax/default.asp or Wikipedia’s page dedicated to the topic.

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