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Ever since Jesse James Garrett coined the term AJAX to describe the collection of existing technologies that allow increased responsiveness and interactivity of webpages, its adoption has been embraced across the Web. But have designers and developers gone overboard? Is everything a nail to be pounded with the AJAX hammer? Some of the fundamental technologies that AJAX is based on, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, can sometimes offer simpler, more elegant solutions that are better suited to certain user experiences.  To optimally prescribe the use of AJAX, we need to understand the benefits and drawbacks, similarities and differences, and key interaction characteristics associated across the spectrum of static HTML to dynamic HTML to AJAX. AJAX AncestryIn the beginning, there were static webpages. Then along came dynamic HTML (DHTML), the combination of HTML, Ja... (more)