Giving a stable technology a mystifying acronym may help on the marketing angle
But it’s inherently deceptive. And dishonest. The last line of the above paragraph isn’t much better, either. (I see Barnett has a similar peeve on the rebranding of ‘crime’ as ‘global guerrillas’…)
This article introduces you to that practice, the practice of updating Web pages with information from the server. Beyond the XMLHTTP Request object, which has been around for several years as a solution looking for a problem, there is nothing weird needed . Basically, it is how the individual pieces are put together. When they’re put together in one way, it is nothing more than a pile of parts; however, when put together in another way, the monster essentially rises from its slab.
A few years ago, I demonstrated an application that did what I just described. The demo ran for more than 2 hours with the same questions repeated over and over.
“It’s a mockup, right?”
“No, it is the actual application.”