If a user were using a slow Internet connection, he would have found that it takes time for him to have his web page displayed (downloaded) at his client computer. Nowadays, only the first page of his web site will take a long time to be downloaded; the rest of the pages will come very fast. Keep reading to learn how we can accomplish this trick. It's all thanks to Active Client Pages and the magic of AJAX.
If you have a web site with an image gallery, and your users are using a slow Internet connection, the pictures will take a long time to be downloaded. But now, you can set things up so that only the first image (or first set of images) from your web site will take a while to be downloaded; the rest of your images will come very fast.
Web pages are becoming voluminous because authors like to make them active; because of this, the pages take time to be downloaded. But you can now have your web page downloaded in bits, thanks to Active Client Technology, discovered by Vlad Podvorny in the years 2002-2003 and Chuck Bradley in the year 2006, and enhanced by me, Chrysanthus Forcha in 2007. Both Vlad and Chuck gave the name Active Client Pages (ACP) to the discovery, even though they discovered it independently.
How I became interested in Active Client Pages
I am a freelance computer programmer. One of my clients, whose users have slow Internet connections, asked me to do some simple web development for his transport company. He has inter-city buses and he wanted people to be able to register, pay their fare and choose their bus seats through the Internet. The problem I had was how to let the users complete their transactions quickly over the Internet, as they fill out the forms of the different pages.
So I went to the Internet to find an article or tutorial with the solution to the problem; this was in 2005. That was when I discovered Vlad's articles and his web site. Later, I started thinking about Active Client Pages and how they can be improved. I discovered Chuck's approach in 2007.
In this article I present my modified version of Chuck's approach. I call the modification The Ajax Approach, not the Modified Chuck's Approach. So, I will give you the Ajax Approach instead of Chuck's approach. I will also give you my enhancements to this approach. You can learn more about Chuck and his work using the following links: