Many advances in web technology have surfaced over the past decade many of which have helped web entrepreneurs and their respective businesses tremendously. One of the newer technologies on the market, made available around late 2005, is the Ajax system.
Technically, Ajax isn’t any type of new software program. Ajax is a form of web development that works as a practice of sorts instead of being an object. Basically, users employ several various pre-existing technologies and together it forms Ajax a term coined by Jesse James Garret.
Ajax is made up of Extensible Hypertext Mark-up Language (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Other technologies like Document Object Model (DOM) and Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) are also utilized with Ajax. Together, these technologies create one of the most effective web application tools in use today.
Explaining everything that Ajax is made up of is extremely complicated. However, using the Ajax method for beneficial web applications is simple enough with some basic knowledge of programming language and other aspects of Internet software.
The benefits of Ajax are hard to quantify. Mostly, these benefits work in the area of cost-containment. Dollars and cents definitely matter in business, and by using Ajax for interactive web applications, a lot of money can be saved over the long haul.
It all starts with the time invested. With Ajax, data transfer takes place at a much faster pace. Using Ajax properly with web applications means faster-loading pages, less crashes, and all-around movement that’s more fluid while working online. The method also has the potential to drastically cut down on time completing a particular task.
As your business grows, more bandwidth is going to cost more money. Bigger businesses need to invest in larger-capacity connections and even new hardware for greater server loads. Repetitive tasks can chew through bandwidth quickly, so Ajax’s ability to reduce repetition means money saved through less bandwidth consumed.
Other benefits of Ajax aren’t so easily measured. Using Ajax, a business interface can be streamlined and offer advantage in many areas. Ajax reduces the number of steps needed to complete a task and also reduces opportunities for error. Fewer errors means less time and money invested in manually correcting them.
With web-based applications, there’s also a lot of money to be saved in the long run compared to desktop applications. Offering web applications with familiar and/or easy-to-use interfaces means more productivity and fewer errors to contend with.