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Fjax – a Exciting Flash based Ajax But much better

Posted by Charles | September 7, 2006 .

Run into a new technology site Fjax. They hacked Flash and Ajax and made this Fjax, which using a 1×1 pixel swf to do the A of Ajax, the asyncronized communication. I shouldn’t say it’s hack. It’s such a well though and clean implementation!

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How it works?

Basically you include a fjax.js file and a tiny swf into your browser. When you want to do the Ajax type of communication to server, say, fetching a chunk of XML data, you ask the swf loads the XML from server, rather than using the browser’s Javascript engine. Once get the data, you hand over it to the browser’s Javascript to do what ever left to do. In IE, you can simultaneously ask the Fjax swf do two connections, but in Firefox it’ll be unlimited, nice, fast and clean.

I think the Fjax site is built using Fjax so go ahead play with it.

The only drawback I can thing of, very remotely, is that it requires Flash plugin. But where doesn’t have Flash!

I’m seriously thinking incorporate this into the Flex for Rails project I’m about to start.

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