As Travis Steven Stiles describes it, “Rich user experiences are typically a combination of GUI -style (Graphical User Interface) applications and multimedia content. The value of creating web-based software that works and gives the user a similar experience to a computer-based software program is growing in the Web 2.0 paradigm. A key component that facilitates this type of experience is AJAX. AJAX is a collection of technologies used together to create a rich user experience.”
Nowadays, the popularity of Web 2.0 just sprouts like mushrooms and may very well be seen as, let me personally put it, “Doomsday” of your desktop applications. An apocalyptic vision of the future of your desktop applications, as much of a moviegoer that I am, I also would not want to give you the wrong impression that this evolution of Web 2.0 application is metaphorical of the example I gave that had some sort of a dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfacing in London City, as depicted in the movie.
No-nonsense, let’s face it Web 2.0 is the way to go! Now to give you a perfect example (no more movies please!), Flickr and Gmail are popular nowadays and are easy to use, web-based applications intended for the viewing, creation, and sharing of data and media. They both make the use of semantic markup – programming that describes content (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to add to the visual appeal, and other several technologies. Hence, combining all those powerful tools becomes AJAX—not the popular bleach I grew up with in my mother’s laundry back in the Philippines—but yes I’d prefer to say it that way still because if your codebase is ‘dirty’ then you might as well use that to clean it. The reasoning behind is that the dirtier your codes (messy) are, the harder to maintain them.
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