Ajax: The Complete Reference by Thomas A. Powell

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If these questions seem familiar, they should; they are the same ones posed by Sun and Netscape during the mid-1990s when Java first came about. While Java never really delivered upon its promises with public facing Web applications, things are much different now. First, the Web market is a bit more mature. Second, software as a service has been demonstrated as a viable business model. Finally, unlike Java, JavaScript is already ubiquitously supported. These conditions suggest a bright future for Ajax-powered Web applications and given the reaction from Microsoft with the introduction of Office Live and other Ajax-based initiatives, there must be some cause for concern in Redmond that the software industry just might change.

First, the Web market is a bit more mature. Second, software as a service has been demonstrated as a viable business model. Finally, unlike Java, JavaScript is already ubiquitously supported. These conditions suggest a bright future for Ajax-powered Web applications and given the reaction from Microsoft with the introduction of Office Live and other Ajax-based initiatives, there must be some cause for concern in Redmond that the software industry just might change. Significant Emphasis on JavaScript Long underestimated as a significant programming language, with Ajax, JavaScript has finally been recognized as the powerful tool it always has been.

However, because there is no query string, it is necessary to separate out each individual name-value pair to store in the cookie. A similar technique was used in the form post example. To do this, an object literal is created for the payload with each property and value set equal to the individual name-value pairs, as shown in the next code fragment. This is pretty much a subset of a data format called JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) that you will become quite familiar with later, particularly in Chapter 4.

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