February 22, 2005: Jesse has a nice concise description of what he's calling Ajax, a much, much better name than "dynamic interfaces using JavaScript and XMLHTTP" (which is what we used to call it back in 2000). This capability has been around for years, but it's taken Google (yeah, sure, and flickr, but really it's all about Google) to push everyone to take it seriously. I actually think one big reason behind the change is that the push for CSS+XHTML for presentation has gotten folks to jettison support for older browsers (yeah, yeah, they can still access the data, blah, blah, blah, but that's just what you tell the CEO; no one really cares about those poor Netscape 4 users anymore). Still, I've been looking forward to this for years, and can't wait to break free of that damn call-and-response model of application design we've been stuck in. As Jesse says, "It's going to be fun."