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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

About 3 in 4 Use AJAX

SD Times reported a BZ Research study that was done this past july.

Why are development managers interested in AJAX, and in related RIA and so-called Web 2.0 technologies? The responses varied, but many cited the improved user interface experience due to AJAXs elimination of postbacks.

Nearly three out of four software development managers say that theyre using or planning to use AJAX-based rich Internet application technologies.

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Why are development managers interested in AJAX, and in related RIA and so-called Web 2.0 technologies? The responses varied, but many cited the improved user interface experience due to AJAXs elimination of postbacks.

Post backs are those annoying white periods between page refreshes that are required without AJAX if you want to get new information or do server side logic calls.

But Why AJAX over other technologies? To me the key is in the wealth of different server-based deployment options, most of which require little to no switch in your programmers core skills from what they are already doing. Java, .NET, Flex/ActionScript, Ruby, even PHP and ColdFusion can all be used in conjunction with AJAX.

While I do think that animated widgets are easier to build and manage in Flash due to its use of vector graphics and embedded fonts, the open nature of AJAX is really hard to beat.

I learned about this through AJAXIAN–one of my favorite AJAX blogs.

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