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Building Rich Internet Applications Using AJAX

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21847)
Authors:   Jiannong Xin, Shiwei Zhang, Daniel Halsey, Sheng-Chien Lee
Keywords:   Web application, AJAX, SVG, pest mapping

The trend of Internet applications is toward rich, dynamic, user-friendly, process-relevant and personalized applications. Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) deliver desktop software like functions on the web to enable new kinds of engaging, highly-interactive applications and user experiences. AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) has emerged as an attractive approach for the development of RIAs. This paper discusses pros and cons of the AJAX web model and software development tools for RIAs. Two AJAX-based examples, pest distribution map and input suggestion, developed at the University of Florida are illustrated. Our experience indicates that AJAX is an essential element of RIA and the technology will offer the potential for considerably more powerful and user-friendly web applications.

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