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whats ajax about?

so whats ajax all about? Is that a language like php?
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
I don't know whats wrong with this URL, anyway copy and paste the whole line (without quotes) into web browser.
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franzliCommented:
AJAX is a programming language
Used In: Webpages and Web Applications
Known for: Interactive pages, information is transferred in bits behind the scenes in order to create a smoother interaction in the webpage rather than refreshing/reloading the page for new information to appear.

More information and references at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_%28programming%29
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LeeKowalkowskiCommented:
AJAX is not a programming lanuage, it's an architectural pattern.  JavaScript is the programming language.  

What the WikiPedia article will not tell you is the term AJAX is often wrongly used for anything that behaves or looks like it might have been done with AJAX.  For example, the XML HTTP Request (XHR) object used in AJAX is not limited to asynchronous calls, or XML.  Many incorrectly refer to websites using XHR to retrieve JSON responses as AJAX, JSON is not XML, and therefore not AJAX.  

Sometimes people mistake DOM scripting (DHTML) for AJAX, as hidden IFRAMEs can be used in a very similar way.

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