The Server-Side Pad

by Fabien Tiburce, Best practices and personal experiences with enterprise software

Choosing an AJAX library

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The ubiquitous use of Ajax on Web 2.0 sites such as Google, Yahoo and Facebook has propelled Ajax into the spotlight. And for good reasons; used wisely, AJAX often improves the user experience by making it easier to find relevant and contextual information without leaving the page. The problem is that as of today, implementing AJAX is a mixed bag. Some features are trivial to implement (eg: auto-complete), others more complex and time consuming. It helps having a good AJAX library (or two) as a starting point. Just like designers and developers often use higher level tools to speed up development, AJAX libraries are a speedy alternative to coding AJAX by hand. The choice of a library hinges on a number of factors such as the template technology used (JSP, velocity templates, etc…), the type and number of AJAX functions and the degree of customization required. So unfortunately one size does not fit all. Also note that this is a relatively new market still. As the market mature so will the tools.

Today, one of the most useful AJAX tags library I have found for JSP development is Ajax Tags which is available as a Source Forge project.

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Written by Compliantia

August 8, 2007 at 1:51 pm

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