AJAX Type Web Applications
- I thought I might start a new thread to give those that are a bit
weary of the current one something new to read.
Over the last months I have come across a number of companies that
are in the process of or are planning to deploy AJAX type web
There is no specific standard that has developed here it seems, but
the basic idea is the loading of the web browser with a set of
then passing in UI control instructions and XML data using
XMLHttpRequest or other method of feeding the client transactional or
other data as well as instructions as to what the UI should do.
The result is that the multitude of HTTP requests typically need to
render a web page don't happen and the UI/page is largely put
together within the browser. This is starting to become quite
popular, even an article showed up in WSJ the other day referencing
Yesterday I sat through a confidential demonstration of an "AJAX"
development toolkit product with my VC hat on. The product was really
the browser and cached, less than the size of many vendors page
tags! Then there was an IDE that let you develop applications that
you would think where made with Visual Basic or Visual C++. I'll
tell you all who this development toolkit company is as soon as they
want to be announced.
This AJAX type development environment was used to build a number of
applications that looked pretty much like a Windows MDI based client-
server applications. It was really really fast for a web based
application. This was done with no Java, no ActiveX, etc. Only some
most cases subsecond response times to render the next page. . .
So I spent some time yesterday working on issues surrounding the
tagging of such an application with those folks. Also spent a bit of
time on the use of web analytics tools in measuring the performance
difference between such AJAX based applications and typical web
applications. I have to tell you that the difference was DRAMATIC,
e.g. <3 seconds for a typical AJAX type page vs. 15+ seconds for a
similar page done in traditional fashion. The basis of this that
maybe one or two HTTP requests was being made per page. . .not the
Some of you might have noticed how fast the Gmail web based mail
client is. . . they are using a similar method for that UI . . .
I was hoping to kick up a thread on this topic and hear of any
experience the group has had in building and measuring AJAX type web
applications. . .
I’ll personally just wait on Microsoft to introduce the next version of IE which probably won’t even run Flash if that’s the case…and we’ll see how they like that one!!!
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From: Paul, Eric [mailto:epaul@...]
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 8:14 AM
Subject: RE: [webanalytics] Company Bypasses Cookie-Deleting Consumers
My, what a complete lack of respect for users - those pesky people who continue to maintain the fantasy that computers they purchase with their own money are theirs to do with as they wish.
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