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Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) is a web development technique for asynchronous data exchange between client and server used for creating interactive web applications.

Drupal 6 was released today. One of the most exciting new features to me — I only recently learned about — is that the AHAH (Asychronous HTML and HTTP) framework made it into the Drupal core. This means you can create asychronous HTTP request, commonly referred to as AJAX, without writing a single line of JavaScript code.

The new Forms API comes with an #ahah attribute that lets you specify the trigger event, e.g. a mouse click, the callback URL that will be requested after the event occurred and the ID value of the HTML element where the server response will be displayed. Pretty awesome stuff.

In this article I describe how you can parse and display Yahoo Pipes data returned as a JSON feed. Yahoo Pipes can be used as a data aggregator that lets you mashup online data sources, such as RSS feeds. To learn more about Yahoo Pipes and how to create them you can watch this video on how Yahoo Pipes work.

Quick Lookup is a nice new tool for Web developers based on AJAX technologies. It offers a tabbed search interface that lets users currently choose between PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS. Search is performed while typing. The results display quick reference information for functions, methods, classes, attributes, etc. For more in-depth information there is also a link to the documentation source. A great idea. Give it a try.

Statistics provide important information for web developers, designers and search engine optimizers. The W3Schools' Browser Statistics page can be used as a reference on the usage of browsers, operating systems, screen resolutions, color depths, and JavaScript support. The data used for calculating the figures displayed is extracted from their own log files as well as other sources for better reliability.

Google AJAX Search API

Google has released a new AJAX Search API that lets you integrate a dynamic Google Search form on your website using AJAX technology. Currently the API is an experimental beta version (V0.1) not suitable for production sites. The API can be used on commercial websites provided they are not exclusively available for paying customers or only within an enterprise or intranet application. Version 1.0 of the API will probably support advertising features.

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