AJAX…62% good?

February 6, 2006

I remember when FLASH was the big thing. I was a freelancer and it was 1999.

I went to so many web sites. Almost all of them were a let down. Questionable content presented in frustrating ways.

People got caught up in FLASH. Everyone was a Flash developer.

At the time, FLASH (or at least 90% of the implementations I saw) did not make sense to me. I advertised myself as someone who made “subtle use of Flash”. To me that meant “practical” use of Flash.

AJAX is the big thing right now. It’s pretty cool. I really like that the BIG THING with AJAX is NOT the wow factor, it’s the improved usability – at least that’s the big thing in my books. That said, there will be lots of sites that get caught up in the WOW and lose sight of the usability.

We use AJAX on 2ndSite now and we will use it more. Our use is so “subtle” you may not even realize we use it. We use it to enhance performance (page loading).

Flash is 99% bad is a concept I heard about Friday. It stands for 99% bad implementations. I’m curious to see how people use AJAX and what the implementations turn out to be. There are a lot of browser compatibility issues with it. The “Back” functionality is problematic.

I’m a glass is half full kind of guy. What do you think? Ajax is 62% good? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.