[development] Ajax suggestions for an SoC student

Darrel O'Pry dopry at thing.net
Tue Apr 18 21:47:49 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-04-18 at 15:33 -0400, Steve Dondley wrote:
> I know a University of Massachusetts student who is very interested in
> putting his interest in Ajax to work for the Drupal SoC program.  His
> basic project idea is to use Ajax to lower bandwidth and minimize whoe
> page generations.
> For example, the vote.moduel displays a poll in a block and the user
> makes a selection and clicks on "Vote."  It's overkill to make a visit
> to index.php to regenrate an entire page simply to display the poll
> results when they could get redisplayed in the block with Ajax.  There
> are probably dozens of other examples like this.
> So this is not "ajax for ajax sake."  It will help reduce server load.
> I'd like to help find a mentor for the student, someone who knows more
> about Ajax than I do and who can help him think up concrete ideas for
> using Ajax with Drupal to minimize server load to put into a proposal.
>  Please email me and I'll put you in touch with him.
> Thanks!

I'm not sure how much help I can be with the client side ajax part, but
I have wanted to see this kind of interface. It could give drupal a real
desktop feel. I was thinking of doing it with an xmlrpc module that
fetches page elements such as blocks, and nodes. I was thinking in the
way of micro content  driven things like tiddly wiki.

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