I’ve been fascinated by the asychronous approach to page updates for a long time. At Workflow Designs TopGun classes in the late 90s, similar techniques were taught using a hidden iFrame “backchannel conduit” approach that Steve DeVoll discovered. With the widespread adoption of the XMLHttpRequest object in browsers, and the coining of the AJAX term, these techniques are really becoming prime-time.
I wanted to put together a relatively quick screencast (4:30) to show what people are developing. With AJAX, a picture (or a movie) is worth a thousand words, so watch it and get a quick insight into how these techniques can really change the way you do development.
The following samples are shown in this screencast: [UPDATED with links I forgot]
- Ultimate Web View Navigator, Bob Obringer
- View Search, Lance Spellman
- Name Picker, Matthew White
- AJAX Crypto, Richard Schwartz
Future screencasts will show behind the scenes workings of these demos as well as some new demos. I’d also like to do a podcast with some of the people who are publishing these leading edge techniques. I hope you enjoy this screencast, please feel free to give me some feedback on it.