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5. Developer Tools > 46. Trace XMLHttpRequest Activity

Trace XMLHttpRequest Activity

Log XMLHttpRequest calls into JavaScript Console.

XMLHttpRequest is a JavaScript technique that enables a page to interact with the server without having to reload the entire page. This nonstandard API was first developed by Microsoft for Internet Explorer, but it was later picked up and implemented by most other browsers, including Firefox. Once used by only a few, it is now becoming more mainstream in the development of web applications.

The renewed interest for rich web applications such as Gmail, MSN Web-Messenger, and A9 Search, has crystallized a new nickname for the technique: AJAX.

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Jesse James Garrett coined this term in early 2005 as a shorthand for “Asynchronous JavaScript And XML.”


  

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