data from the server without interfering with the front-end display or function. Ajax technologies have helped make Internet access one of the most important reasons for using a computer. Ajax has made rich internet applications, including video, music, and dynamic user interfaces--features once limited to desktop applications--readily available on Web pages. As a result, the use of desktop applications has declined and the use of Web services has increased dramatically.
The tools, techniques and methods employed by Ajax were already in place before Jesse James Garret coined the phrase in 2005. Since then, the Ajax approach has grown by leaps and bounds. The popularity of Ajax is due mostly to its ability to simplify and accelerate Web applications, but also in part to efforts of Ajax enthusiasts like Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer. Ben and Dion started an Ajax blog in 2005 which became a central fixture of the burgeoning Ajaxian community. That community still lives and continues to grow at Ajaxian.com.
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