interactive web applications.
What is AJAX Web Site
The best way to describe AJAX web site is to compare it to a classic web site
development techniques. A classic web site provides start-stop-start-stop
nature of interaction i.e. page is presented to user, user clicks on link and
waits until next page is prepared and presented to user, user clicks on link
and . . . . It is almost like talking through one-way radio.
AJAX removes this start-stop-start-stop type of interaction. It allows continued
interaction with the application, so the user is never staring at a blank
browser window, waiting around for the server to return
In a way, if a classic web site is a one-way radio then AJAX web site is a
telephone allowing both parties to interact whenever they like.
When to use AJAX
There are no technical restrictions as to what the AJAX can be used for.
Programming AJAX web sites though is not for faint-hearted. Therefore our
suggestion is to use this technique if
You want to provide services that refresh only parts of the page based on user
selection (example: charts)
You want to add functionality to your existing web site without having to
re-write the site (AJAX technique enable plug-in applications to be developed
and added to what you already have)
You want to provide services that require high level of interaction and
multi-choice and multi-path selection
The services you provide require connection to information sources that are
distributed and/or can take some time to process (example: quoting system)
If you provide or planning to provide services on your web site and you are not
sure if AJAX is what you need, please contact us for informal and free