Internet Librarian – Day 1, Pre-Conference on AJAX

October 27, 2007 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

Karen Coombs and Jason Clark were the speakers for the AJAX Workshop this afternoon.  I had heard of AJAX before, but had no idea what it is and how it is used in web technology.  By the time the three hour program concluded, I must admit that you won’t see me working with AJAX any time soon, but I can tell you that AJAX stands for Asynchronomous Javascript and XML and that it is used for many slick applications such as Google Maps, Flickr, and Del.icio.us.  Among other things, AJAX allows parts of pages to update almost instantly without refreshing the entire page.  Javascript is an essential component of AJAX, so your browser must allow Javascript.  Although it’s possible to write AJAX  scripts from scratch, there are several script libraries available where you can get parts of an AJAX solution and put them together yourself (Prototype) or just “cut and paste”an application from Script.aculo.us! 

I signed up for this workshop with the purpose of becoming familiar with this technology. Both Karen and Jason provided me with the information I was seeking – and made it interesting in the process.  I rate day one a success!  Tomorrow I’m learning how to create a wiki, so check back to see how that class went.

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