Ajax takes off 06 Apr 2005
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Pretty impressive how rapidly and effectively the term Ajax has taken off. Since Jesse James Garrett coined the term, Fiftyfoureleven.com has experienced a tenfold increase in hits to the page where it collects links on the topic: “The whole concept tipped when someone (quite conceivably a connector) explained what it was all about and gave it a simple, undaunting name.”
The Wall Street Journal article that helped spread the word offered this explanation of Ajax: “In the past, to change even a small part of a Web page required reloading the entire page. But Ajax knows to fetch only the part of the screen that needs changing…” It’s a good elevator pitch for non-developers since it emphasizes the benefits of Ajax, not the technology behind it.
The article also ponders how much Ajax will come back to bite Microsoft in the ass (many of the Ajax technologies were developed by Microsoft). “The obvious question is how far programmers at Google or elsewhere can go with Ajax. Specifically, can they build Ajax versions of Word or Excel, thus threatening half of Microsoft’s revenue?”