[drupal-devel] AJAX in CMS

Gabor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Sun Apr 10 20:47:12 UTC 2005

>> Worth a look: http://www.cmswatch.com/images/AjaxFinal.html
> I can't resist replying to that with a suggestion that everyone read Ian 
> Hixie's blog post about AJAX:
> http://ln.hixie.ch/?start=1111339822&count=1
> Quote:
> "So I have a request: could people please stop making up new names for 
> existing technologies? Just call things by their real name!"
> In essence the article Dries linked too is talking about XMLHttpRequest 
> combined with JavaScript. For me Ajax is and will always be a brand of 
> kitchen cleaner!
> <http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/HouseholdCare/ProductRecommender/HouseholdCleaners/PDPs.cvsp?product=AjaxwithBleachCleanser_225> 

Well, for quite a few others, CMS means a lot more stuff, then content 
management systems :) Despite this fact, we do associate the context 
specific meaning.


The "XML and script" that Hixie suggests instead of Ajax could equally 
be already built into Drupal. We do use the PHP scripting language, and 
handle quite a lot of XML stuff from generation to parsing. Isn't Drupal 
already "XML and script" capable? It is. In fact PHP itself is. Does 
Drupal or PHP "support" Ajax? Nope. It is a different context.

Hixie is too far off. Ajax might not be the best name, but "XML and 
script" will definitely not work.


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