[uf-rest] AHAH and AJAX

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Fri Nov 18 13:31:16 PST 2005

On Nov 18, 2005, at 1:25 PM, Tantek Çelik wrote:
> So is AHAH then just a particular flavor of AJAX?

Yeah, I would say so.  In fact, I think I already did:

> Strictly speaking, AHAH can be considered a subset of AJAX, since  
> (X)HTML is just a special kind of XML. However, it is a subset with  
> some very specific and useful properties:
> The lack of custom XML schemas dramatically reduces design time
> AHAH can trivially reuse existing HTML pages, avoiding the need for  
> a custom web service
> All data transport is done via browser-friend HTML, easing  
> debugging and testing
> The HTML is designed to be directly embedded in the page's DOM,  
> eliminating the need for parsing
> As HTML, designers can format it using CSS, rather than programmers  
> having to do XSLT transforms
Going from AJAX to AHAH is just a minor technical detail, but (IMHO)  
a major conceptual shift.

-- Ernie P.

Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D. <drernie at opendarwin.org>
Ex-Physicist, Marketing Weenie, and Dilettante Hacker
Probe-Hacker blog: http://www.opendarwin.org/~drernie/

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