4 September 2005
The most compelling reason for using the AJAX technique is that it enables a more fluid user experience. In other words, the user is not constantly interrupted to jump to a new page. Thus, with the understanding that client processing is far less expensive than network communication, the AJAX approach allows web applications to behave more like desktop applications.
Overall, I am very excited to see the improvement of the user experience in web applications. One parting question: what has changed recently to cause the flurry of AJAX activity? Was it the acronym itself? These technologies have been around since 1998. Why haven't application infrastructures and tools been maturing over the years? Possibly more importantly, is there a technology out there now that will raise similar questions seven years from now?