AJAX: Usable Interactivity with Remote Scripting
By Cameron Adams
July 13th 2005
If your bookmarks contain even one Web development blog, you’ll undoubtedly know that remote scripting is being touted as the new ‘future of the Web’. Although I get the feeling that a few people are perhaps a little over-excited about it, the recent release of numerous high-profile Web applications that use remote scripting has shown that there are definite advantages to utilising these techniques in the creation of seamless Web applications, and to augment Web page functionality. This article aims to give you an introduction to the foundations of remote scripting, in particular, the emerging XMLHttpRequest protocol. We’ll then walk through an example application that demonstrates how to implement that protocol, while creating a usable interface.