Ajax is a growing new technology at the time of this writing and we’re delighted to bring you the lowdown on it, in the inimitable style of Manning’s In Action series. In doing so, though, we faced an interesting problem. Although Ajax is indisputably hot, it isn’t really new. It isn’t really a technology, either.
Let us explain. Ajax brings together several well-established web technologies and uses them in new and interesting ways. Learning to use a completely new technology for the first time is in some ways simpler because you start with a blank slate. Ajax is different: there is also much to unlearn. Because of this, our book is organized somewhat differently from most Manning In Action books. You may notice this when reading and should know that we feel the way it is organized best suits this subject.