AJAX: The Future of Website Development
What Does AJAX do?
If you have ever executed a web search in Google and seen the recommended search phrases appear below the search bar as you type, then you’ve witnessed a simple demonstration of the power of AJAX. Although this may not seem like much of a feat, upon further examination you’ll realize that this small change is slowly removing the need for page refreshes. Imagine an internet without refreshing pages; where everything happens as instantly as the search recommendations in Google! This is the promise that AJAX offers towards the future of web development.
How Does AJAX Work?
Although all of the advantages that AJAX offers are too numerous to name, there are some key features that anyone would find beneficial, regardless of technical knowledge.
- Almost zero delay between the web server and user interface; pages load information instantly without the need for refreshes
- Since AJAX minimizes communication between the web server and user interface, it saves a lot of server bandwidth, while simultaneously enhancing server performance. The end result is an incredible relief on server workload.
- AJAX optimizes web application performance by minimizing computing tasks per action request. AJAX also minimizes the amount of bandwidth used by each web application. Normally applications need to keep resending the same information repeatedly each time the page refreshes. With AJAX, the application only needs to send new information.
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