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“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Why AJAX & Web 2.0 now

Here are a few reasons why I feel AJAX is such a timely event and why it matters?

  • No more Netscape 4.x – Now that the browsers are closer to on par with each other and older browsers are less of a concern. Without having to worry so much about degrading gracefully, programmers and designers have been able to think about more creatively what to do with the current level of browser capabilities.
  • Flash – Flash as a technology has been doing for years x-browser what AJAX is doing now. Designers have been able to think about what to do in this medium for a few years, but with little traction due to developer’s resistance to the technology. So as soon as the browser technology fell down, the designers were ready to go. This is sad news for Flash, however.
  • Open Source – AJAX has one problem. Your code is pretty exposed–even more so than Flash. But with the philosophical approach of OSS (Open Source Software) being much less about code copyright and much more about total innovation first, people can use client-based technologies a lot more easily.
  • Forget the Web. It’s about the desktop – As more complex tasks are being delivered over the open network of the web for trans-enterprise or non-enterprise purposes, there is growing value in subscription-based, collaborative, desktop-like interactions. These interactions require more client level interactions, or at least their perception. So with CSS2+, XML and JavaScript you have a richer document object model, and sub-page level server request abilities.
  • No more Netscape 4.x – Now that the browsers are closer to on par with each other and older browsers are less of a concern. Without having to worry so much about degrading gracefully, programmers and designers have been able to think about more creatively what to do with the current level of browser capabilities.

I’m sure there are a lot more reasons than this, but these came to mind, and I haven’t seen anyone saying it yet.

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