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Open-Source Ajax Project Gains Support

Dow Jones reports that IBM Corp., Google Inc. and a host of other technology companies have joined to support an open-source project aimed at promoting Ajax, an emerging Web development technology.

Companies including IBM, Google, Yahoo Inc., Oracle Corp., and BEA Systems Inc. are backing the new Open Ajax initiative. The project aims to "promote Ajax's promise of universal compatibility...and easy incorporation into new and existing software programs," IBM said.

Ajax, which stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Extensible Markup Language), is a fast-developing approach for creating Internet applications that respond faster than traditional Web sites. The technology allows Web sites that can update part of a page without refreshing the entire screen. Ajax Web applications can also verify certain data entered into a form rather than waiting for confirmation from a server.

The technology, however, requires significant software engineering resources and has lacked widely accepted development and implementation tools. The Open Ajax project aims to address this.

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