Jan 28, 2015
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Brief History of Web Development
Let’s go 18 years back 1996, We have just started to create web pages, static with text, static with images and wowed the world. The browser was in demand to display web pages which render HTML. Later on, using Perl or C dynamic content has started to serve to a browser. As HTML and Browser evolved, Web becoming interesting, to stream video, playing games, online chatting, pay the bills, find a date and lots of other fun/work activity.
Flash Player was the key part in 2000 to the 2010 year. By using it, Advertiser has started creating animated ads and born of Rich Internet Application. With the use of Adobe Flex technology and instantly became famous. But Flash Player is not supported by Apple on Mobile devices and HTML 5 seems promising.
Brief History of AJAX
Microsoft has introduced Internet Explorer to beat Netscape Navigator and got succeed. IE become the world famous browser and introduced many functionalities like ActiveX and Iframe to load asynchronous data. In 1998 IE introduce XMLHTTP for outlook web app. Another browser like Mozilla, Safari has introduced XMLHttpRequest and IE has supported in IE 7.
Google continued to develop an application in that approach and gave the world Gmail, GMap, Google+, Picasa etc using AJAX and others followed.
What is AJAX?
With Ajax, web applications can send data to and retrieve from a server asynchronously (in the background) without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page. – Wikipedia
XMLHttpRequest is used to make a call to server and retrieve the data. It’s an API provided by the browser to support AJAX technology.
Here is the PHP code:
And here is HTML code:
In next blog, it will be in more detail to make a different kind of ajax call with JQuery.