Adam Bosworth on the Comeback of AJAX

February 3, 2007

As reported by eWeek, Adam Bosworth spoke in New York City on “Why AJAX Failed (Then Succeeded).” It is an interesting tale of how the physics was not ready when AJAX was first developed while now it is revolutionizing programming, particularly on the web. Although the article does not mention the term, it is a form of convergence of Internet speed (e.g. DSL in many homes), reintroduction of a programming tool abandoned for several years, and novel uses of the tool in Web 2.0 websites such as Google Maps.

Is the point of this that no technology should be abandoned forever but its introduction may be a matter of timing.

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