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I was one of the ones who jumped on the AJAX bandwagon pretty quickly.  I've built several private apps using AJAX, and really like it.  I like the fact that the web becomes more "rich," and more closely resembles forms in functionality.  The gains are enormous.

That having been said, I found myself asking the question:  Is it worth it?  I've found (so far) that doing things with AJAX takes at least three times longer, there's much more room for error, and cross-browser issues are brought to the forefront.  I have played around with the AJAX.NET framework a little, and have had mixed results.  What I got working was pretty cool, but do I really need rounded corners on divs?  It seems to me that a lot of their controls are gimmick-ey, and don't really have all that much to do with AJAX. 

I think my biggest disappointment with the MS AJAX.NET framework is it's complete failure when adding the framework to an existing project.  I could not for the life of me get it to work.  I spent three days fiddling with it, and nothing seemed to want to work.  I really have little desire to re-write the projects that I do have for the benefit of AJAX. 

So, is it all worth it?  Are post-backs really that evil?  I'm starting to think "No."  AJAX is cool.  I probably won't use it if I'm in a hurry.  It has its place, but is it ready to take over the web?  Should it?

Those are my questions...

 

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2007 8:22 AM AJAX , Else... | Back to top


Comments on this post: Is AJAX really worth it?

# re: Is AJAX really worth it?
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You may not need to use MS Ajax if it doesn't fit your app. Postbacks are not evil but sometimes it's more user friendly not to do a postback. Start converting your apps a piece by piece.

I always have a very good luck with Michael's AjaxPro (http://ajax.schwarz-interactive.de/download/ajax.zip). I think it's simpler than using MS Ajax and performant.

My $0.02!
Left by Rachit on Mar 01, 2007 9:24 AM

# re: Is AJAX really worth it?
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Hi Rachit,

Actually, I have been using Michael's AJAXPro Library for about 3 years now. It's excellent. It's JS intensive. I think that's the gap that MS is trying to bridge with their framework...

Thanks for your comment.
K-
Left by Kyle on Mar 01, 2007 11:37 AM

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