May 12, 2009

Don't start a webapp with Javascript/AJAX-based designs

I'm not against the use of Javascript in web apps. However, we need to reinforce the mantra of "not starting with Javascript/AJAX-based designs" while designing a new web app.
  • It can help ensure graceful degradation for which basic HTML forms are needed anyway and starting with them ensures simple, straight forward app is built first to highlight any issues etc.
  • It also keeps things relatively simple...
Does the following order make sense to write a new web app?

HTML (content) -> CSS (style) -> Javascript (behavior/interactivity)

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