Charles Miller aka The Fishbowl comments on a brief Joel Spolsky remark about Google’s Suggest : the XmlHttpRequest technique, as displayed in Gmail, and Google Suggest, represents a new level in Rich Web UI’s.
Give that I’ve recent linked to DWR (Direct Web Remoting) and (more important) On GMail and DHTML architecture again this is not new news.
I expect that some of this is due to the skills of Chris Wetherell (also of Dealership fame) and I expect even greater things now that youngpup (Aaron Boodman) has joined them.
Apart from this, the bar has been raised for Web Apps. We have a lot of learning (and rebuilding) to do folks!
Update”Matt Raible has picked up on it too, with some comments about the XmlHttpRequest code used in Roller and a link to Toronto’s own Brent Ashley who wrote some Remote Scripting code in 2000!
Also Matt has now linked to Using the XML HTTP Request object via Carl Fyffe.