Jep Castelein of backbase has written a nice summary of current thinking on AJAX applications and latency. He points out that most AJAX developers are taking the easy way out, having synchronous logic execute when the user performs an action. This causes a delay as the data is fetched from the server, which is exactly what we are trying to avoid by using AJAX!
A query on “subversion” now surfaces links for download, UML, FAQ, and project page as sub-elements of the first result. Nicely done! Google is building more useful data into each results (searches on company names now reveal the current stock price, for example), but this is the first time I’ve seen the most useful subsections of a site called out like that. Click on the image for a larger view.
Something very strange is happening with the way we use the internet. There is a simulaneous trend towards consolidating content from multiple sites into a consolidated view (rss readers) and exploding communication channels from a single consolidated view (email) into multiple views (extranets).