A nice essay on Ajax web applications (via kottke.org).

His introductory paragraph says it for me. Basically, all this pain and suffering is because browsers are designed very poorly for running applications. Most of the web is still like a smart 3270 terminal (okay, it can display pretty colors), and you can bolt Javascript in (as long as you don’t care about debugging). It’s hard to feel good about things like this, when we could have known better and done a better job ten years ago.

But it’s a good article. Have fun debugging the async message race conditions in Javascript.

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