From Ajax Patterns
Audience and Scope
The "Ajax Design Patterns" (2006) book, published by O'Reilly, contains 70 patterns along with screenshots of examples for each pattern, "In A Blink" sketches for each pattern, an overview of Ajax for technical and non-technical audiences, and coverage of current trends. The book won Linux Journal's 2006 Editor's Choice Award for best software development book.You can order direct from O'Reilly's website (where you can also obtain electronic copies), from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or other online and physical stores. Prior to the patterns, the first three chapters contain: an overview on Ajax, a tutorial on Ajax for those who haven't yet done any hands-on Ajax development, and a discussion of design principles for Ajax.
All material on this site is covered under a broad, flexible, Creative Commons license. It means that you can copy the content, modify it, and so on.
This is a publicly editable wiki - you can change anything without even requiring a login. To play around with the editing feature, you can make any edits you want on this sandbox page. Contributions are welcome, whether it's a spelling change or an entire description of a new page. No need to ask permission, just click the edit tab on any page and edit at will.
If you create a new page, be sure to link to it from somewhere else. If creating a new pattern, link to it from the Patterns page. If creating a new category of Ajax Framework/Library, please add a link to it from Ajax Frameworks.
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History Of AJAX
The site grew from an initial blog post on Michael Mahemoff's blog and was used to produce the online draft of the O'Reilly Design Patterns text. It's since grown into a general resource on Ajax. For its first year, the wiki was only partially open, with important pages such as pattern descriptions closed to the public due to vandalism concerns while the book was being written. Now that the book is complete, and many Ajax patterns are emerging and being refined, the entire wiki is open to the public (with the exception of the homepage).