It’s written in AJAX!

Had a very long webinar this morning about some new software we’re looking at purchasing. The sales guy is showing us a bunch of features and blurts out the “AJAX” buzz word. I listen in more closely to see what he’s going to say. It goes something like this:


“This app was written completely with AJAX which is great!”, I correct him with “You mean that it USES AJAX right?”


He continues to insist that it is not .NET whatsoever and that AJAX is a family of programming languages which is what was used to make this great new application. Meanwhile I am staring at the page extensions of .aspx… I just rolled my eyes and bit my tongue. =)


Later on in the presentation he jumps back on the AJAX bandwagon to beat the horse some more and while showing a GridView control in a page states: “See this scrollbar with grid, this is all ajax …You can’t do this with any other programming language”, I correct him that the values he was changing within the grid was in fact AJAX because it was submitting behind the scenes, but the scrollbar was just a basic grid control that you can make with basic html. He cut me off and insisted again that the whole thing was AJAX. I just gave up at that point and listened to him ramble.


I had no idea that the “AJAX programming language” had arrived, Nor was I aware that this is now a buzzword that Sales guys use to sell software. Anything to get the dollars =)


After the meeting I was saying this to my boss and he says “That’s why he’s the sales guy”

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About Sean Chambers

I am a Senior software developer from Palm Coast, Florida. An advocate of Domain Driven Design, Behavior Driven Development, creator of FluentMigrator and community activist. I am married to my beautiful wife Erin and am the proud father of two wonderful children. I currently reside at ACI, a local insurance industry/mortgage software company that excels in creating solutions using Agile methodologies.
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  • http://www.lostechies.com/blogs/joe_ocampo/ Joe Ocampo

    Unfortunately you need people like him to make you money. I tried to be honest with what I do but it never quite sells itself like a salesmen can.

  • http://www.lostechies.com/blogs/sean_chambers Sean Chambers

    They truly are a very different breed.

    The ironic part is they probably call us a rare breed as well. =)

  • http://www.flux88.com Ben Scheirman

    You should *off* him to prevent him from pro-creating and contaminating our gene-pool.

    These kinds of people shouldn’t be allowed to make any technical decisions, let alone build applications…