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Chapter 5. Getting the Most from AJAX

In this chapter

5.1 Goals of AJAX

page 100

5.2 Measuring Improvements

page 107

5.3 Promises and Problems of Combining AJAX with Other New Technologies

page 115

5.4 Summary

page 117

AJAX offers a whole world of new possibilities, but to reap the benefits, you must keep focused on your primary goals. In this chapter, we will cover some of the general objectives people have when implementing AJAX, as well as how to measure whether these objectives are ultimately met. To that end, we must also explore how these objectives enhance current applications. (To do so, Web applications built with standard techniques would need to be compared to applications built using AJAX.) Some tradeoffs may be necessary to use AJAX in conjunction with other technologies, because AJAX by itself won't meet every application's needs. Let's get started!

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