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Articles : Develop Ajax applications like the pros, Part 1: Using the Prototype JavaScript library
on 2008/5/15 3:02:09 (1324 reads)

If you're developing Web applications these days, then you're doing Ajax development. Ajax is no longer something unusual that you add to your applications in special cases. It has become an integral part of Web development. To some, enhancing applications with Ajax used to be a tricky proposition. Cross-browser limitations to deal with, writing a lot of complicated JavaScript, and learning about magic numeric codes within that JavaScript were just a few of the challenges facing Ajax developers. 

Thankfully, several open source JavaScript libraries are available now to make things much easier. In this first article in a three-part series, you will create an Ajax application for managing songs using the Prototype JavaScript library and


This three-part article series looks at using two separate open source projects, the Prototype JavaScript library and, to create amazing Ajax applications for your Web 2.0 Web site. In this article, Part 1 of the series, you will be working the Prototype JavaScript library (see Resources for a link). This article uses the latest release of Prototype (at the time of this writing) version Ajax involves dynamic data, and so a server-side technology is needed. In this article, we use PHP 5.2.1 in combination with Apache 2.0.59 and MySQL 5.0.41. You can definitely pick your own programming language, Web server, and database.


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