Microsoft embraces AJAX

The news of the day (all the blogs are talking about this today) is that Microsoft has officially embraced the AJAX web technology and they're building a software (code-named Atlas) that will provide web developers with tools to build AJAX-style application in an easy way. All web developers today are so happy...

But, what is AJAX? Is it a revolutionary technology or not? Certainly, I'm not a big expert on this field and I have a question:

AJAX or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML is a term describing a web development technique for creating interactive web applications using a combination of:

Like DHTML or LAMP, AJAX is not a technology in itself, but a term that refers to the use of a group of technologies together.

My question is: is AJAX so different from Client-Side Callbacks, a feature that we have in ASP.NET 2.0? Maybe Dino can help me to have an answer, but I think that many features are similar and AJAX is not so revolutionary for what I have understood (but maybe I've something new to learn! ).

Print | posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:23 PM