In a previous article,Flex vs. Ajax — both have their pros and cons,I listed some arguements about which one is better,but,Fjax–a new “technology”,to my utter amazement,it uses an XML file to pass data to a browser — except that it uses a tiny bit of Flash, instead of the browser, to parse the XML.Though I don’t know what the relationship is with Aflax(Developed by Paul Colton,a development methodology which combines Ajax and Flash to create more dynamic web based applications) and it requires something else to be installed(Though Flash’s penetration level is good),but I think it’s a well though and clean implementation.
Here’s the description from the site:
Fjax is the lightweight, cross-browser, rapid-development methodology for Ajax-style web 2.0 development that puts a Flash engine under the hood (not in the presentation layer – read on) to handle realtime XML/HTML content updating.
Fjax enables web 2.0 development, with true, asynchronous (x)HTML content updating without page refreshes. The trick is, it does it with less than 65 lines of code and works in most browsers. It can process multiple streams of data simultaneously, and has an incredibly small footprint (4K!).
FJAX’s site was built with Fjax,you can experience the effect from there.
The following are some relation articles about FJAX from other blogs:
"Personally, we think that Fjax IS still Ajax, even if it isn’t AJAX." (ajaxian.com Fjax: Switching the A to F means what?).
"If you’re already familiar with Flash and would like to expand your options, you can consider working on FJAX and develop a good working application or website." (ajaxwith.com FJAX: The Flash Based Ajax).
"smoother, more desktop-like web experiences that AJAX promises" (juxtaviews.com FJAX, Q&A with Jay and Steve McDonald).
"It’s an interesting take on Rich Internet Applications development" (an interview at webmonkey.com Webmonkey Q&A: Fjax ).
"I shouldn’t say it’s hack. It’s such a well though and clean implementation!" (flex888.com Fjax – a Exciting Flash based Ajax But much better).
lots of discussions at Digg.com FJAX (Flash + AJAX)