Ajax hits the terrible twos

(via Jeremy Geelan at AjaxWorld magazine)

Happy Birthday, AJAX! – Two Years Old Already
Yesterday marked the passing of two years since Jesse James Garrett posted online his seminal essay, ‘Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications’ and then went offline, on a trip. What he came back to is now a part of Web 2.0 and Rich Internet Applications history: it was as if simply giving a handy name to the technique behind a new, richer web somehow catapulted it into being.

Does this mean Ajax will now be headed into the terrible twos?

According to Vincent Ianelli, who wrote the About.com page on the subject:

Characterized by toddlers being negative about most things and often saying ‘no’, the terrible twos may also find your toddler having frequent mood changes and temper tantrum.

The last thing I need is for my web applications to start throwing temper tantrums – though I guess I would bring new meaning to setTimeout(); (bad javascript joke, sorry).

Here’s my take on the recommended tips for the terrible twos, translated for developers:

Here’s hoping that Ajax gets through the terrible twos more quickly than the average toddler.

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