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Recently, a number of Web sites have begun to raise some eyebrows within the developer community. What's unique about these sites is that they behave more like a desktop application than a Web application. As you interact with them, they quickly display an endless amount of information to your browser without reloading the page. At the Google Maps site for example (http://maps.google.com/), you can click on the map, zoom in, zoom out, and move around as much as you like. Your browser continues to be fed with data from the server, yet your browser doesn't have to refresh. They're not using applets, or anything like Flash, so how are they doing it? Introducing Asynchronous JavaScript + XML, also known as Ajax. To properly describe what Ajax is, it's easiest to contrast it with what it's not. For most Web sites, interaction with a Web server is simplex communication - ... (more)

A First Look at Visual Studio 2005 Code Snippets

Every now and then a new development tool comes along that is so simple and elegant it leaves us wondering, why didn't we get this sooner? Introducing Intellisense Code Snippets, it's a new feature available in Visual Studio (VS) 2005 that makes inserting routine code much faster and easier. Using snippets is as simple as right-clicking in the IDE and left-clicking on the Insert Code Snippet pop-up. This opens the Visual Studio Code Snippet Picker, similar to Intellisense, which lets you insert pre-packaged code statements directly into your class. There's nothing extra to install... (more)