Ajax? That's Old Hat

One thing I've noticed in my software development career is that there are those who want to make sure people know that they've always "been-there-done-that-wore-the-t-shirt". Take, for example, the recent Ajax stir that's sweeping the web development nation. Seems like either a blog is showing a trivial example of Ajax, or people are reminising of the old days of Remote Scripting in IE to show the world they've worn that t-shirt. So, here's my story that I was "there" too. In 2001 (OK, so it's only 4 years old), I was on an ASP project where a new page needed to be created where there were 4 combo boxes. There was a parent-child...child...child relation between the combo boxes - i.e. what you selected in box 1 changed the list in box 2. Rather than go back to the server every time they changed the selected item, we decided to try and see if we could get XML from the server and manipulate it via JavaScript on the client. So...viola! I'm an Ajax expert! [1]

Granted, it was fun to create a web client that was pretty interactive. It was no Google Maps - I'll fully admit that, and...it wasn't asynchronous...so, was it Ajax? I don't know, and frankly I don't care. The customer really liked it, and that's all that mattered. Plus, it was something new to me, so it was fun to learn more about DHTML, JavaScript, and XML. But, have I "been-there-done-that"? Again, I don't know and I don't care. I'm a developer. I solve problems. I try to learn as much as I can. And that makes me really happy. Whether I was doing that 20 years ago using a VAX and machine language (just the ones, not the zeros) doesn't really matter in my book. Learning more about the world is one of the things that really matter in my life.

[1] If you've been reading my blog for a while you probably know when I'm being sarcastic.

* Posted at 07.22.2005 08:22:59 PM CST | Link *

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