Drag and drop web sites a step closer as giants support Ajax


Drag and drop web sites a step closer as giants support Ajax

Arif Mohamed

Web pages and applications that allow the user to drag and drop information, folders and documents, just like a desktop, came a step closer last week as IBM and others backed an open source development project.

The project uses the open source technology Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML), which is growing in popularity and underpins Google’s interactive web application GoogleMaps.

Ajax also allows web pages and applications to automatically refresh themselves without user intervention, giving quick responses to things like online forms.

"Ajax can reduce the steps needed to complete a transaction over the web or create a competitive edge for enterprise companies and web designers,” said IBM in a statement.

IBM described Ajax as a “difficult” technology to use, but the project aims to simplify development. It will allow developers to use the open source Eclipse tool to write Ajax code.

The project is supported by Google, BEA, Red Hat, Borland, Novell, Oracle, and Yahoo among others.


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