popular term for past few months but is still being written incorrectly as
"AJAX" (all capitals) instead of "Ajax" (camel
). I started
AJAX but then corrected myself and have been using Ajax since then. So
the correct term is Ajax, not AJAX.
Here is a list of several reasons (some mine and others from my colleague
- Jesse James Garrett
coined the term as Ajax, not AJAX.
- A quote from the source "
The name is shorthand for ". It is intended to be a shorthand,
not an acronym. And notice it is "+", not an "and" indicating a
collection of technologies.
- Another quote from the source "
I needed something shorter than ". Ajax is not just Asynchronous
this approach with clients.
popular format for data interchange. Should "AJAX" then instead be
coined as "AJAJ" ? Or if an application happen to use Text instead, will
they call it as "AJAT" ?
- In an interview on
The story behind Ajax,
Jesse said "I thought of Ajax as a convenient [term]. It was never
intended as an acronym.".
I think the above three bullets should be sufficient to convince anybody to
use "Ajax" instead of "AJAX". But if not, here are some more reasons to switch
to the correct usage of term:
Wikipedia entry clarifies that Ajax is not expected to be an acronym.
Google Fight between AJAX and Ajax shows exactly same numbers and still
tries to predict a winner. Is that a bug ?
reference to Ajax vs AJAX.
- Bye Bye "AJAX",
The Age of "Ajax" is Nigh - If AJAX is indeed an acronym (which it's
not) then a comment on the article points out some others as:
- Dion's (Ajaxian
for 2007 is "
Ajax beats AJAX in all but bad newspapers."
- Here is a Google survey of some publishers of Ajax books. They all seem
to be using "Ajax", not "AJAX".
- Some of the common vendors use Ajax
Now there should be no reason to use "AJAX". However if you still feel like
using this term, please leave a comment on this blog and let's talk. There are
some incorrect usages in
sun.com and I'll follow up to get them fixed.