Ajax is at the heart of Web2.0 design it is used across the most popular websites from Facebook to Twitter. What is Ajax? It is a method of a web page making a request to another file or program to obtain data and then to dynamically show that data without reloading the page.
There are lots of Ajax libraries available, most of which claim they are easy to setup and understand but I find that incorrect in most instances as their API is fairly bloated and one can find it difficult to grasp what is the real Ajax part and the rest of the bloated API part. So here I will attempt to explain just the most basic fundamental aspect of Ajax.
The comments in the below code should tell you everything you need to know. I’ve stripped the entire Ajax process down to its most basic elements so you can look at the code and see what it is with no extra baggage that can me it confusing.
File: blurb.txt (make this file and safe it to your webserver)
My voice is my password, verify.
File: ajax.html (make this file and save it to your webserver)
Goto http://(yourdomain)/ajax.html and click on “Click Here for Ajax”. You should see the text in the DIV with id=”data” change. That is all Ajax is.
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