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One of the big buzzwords that rose to fame in 2005 was "Ajax." The term "Ajax" was first coined by Jesse James Garrett in his essay "Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications" (www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000385.php), and it refers to the use of asynchronous JavaScript and XML to drive Web applications. Rather than reloading the entire Web page every time data needs to be transmitted, only small, necessary chunks are sent and received, with JavaScript manipulating the UI in response to the data received. This gives the look and feel of a regular client application while still being hosted inside of your Web browser. While Ajax methodologies have been used for years - most notably in Microsoft's Outlook Web Access - they have just recently become incredibly popular via services such Google's Gmail and Google Maps. Since Ajax has taken off among ... (more)

An Introduction to MySQL, LAMP Stack and Microsoft Windows Development

When open source software is mentioned, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python). While these products are not generally associated with Windows development, at least one of them is certainly well suited for Windows development, particularly when using .NET. The MySQL database server is an open source relational database developed by MySQL AB. MySQL is available for Windows, Linux, UNIX, and the Macintosh operating system. Using MySQL with Windows has never been easier with .NET and ADO.NET. Installing MySQL becam... (more)