Samstag, Februar 04, 2006

Comparisation of AJAX frameworks

Daniel Zeiss, who is the man behind the ComfortASP.NET framework see has published a very interesting comparison on his web site ( and his blog (

(Have you noticed that there are many German developers involved in AJAX engines and frameworks?)

I have also implemented the simple sample he uses for the comparison at

My annotations on these results

The Aspects of AJAX Engine is consuming less bytes on the network that most of the other machines in this comparison.

The size of the transferred bytes is indeed a very interesting aspect. I have not spent any time in reducing this value and I also have no chance to reduce the bytes of a standard SOAP call without leaving this standard and adding the need to implement server specific code.

The initial transfer of the page is smaller than the original ASP.NET version mainly because I do not need any ASP.NET functionality for deploying a working page.

The biggest part of the Engine is the ajax.js file with 21876 bytes because it contains a lot of comments and additional information. I could reduce this page in a view minutes by stripping off all the comments and blank lines down to 12000 bytes and it can be reduced even more. Thats the size that should be used in the comparison because the other frameworks also only send optimized include files.

The other AJAX implementations are very strong bound to the ASP.NET programming model and therefore have to solve many content-update topics - That's what Daniel Zei calls "indirect AJAX programming". The Aspects of AJAX Engine only transfers data on the network and must right now implement content changes on the client using JavaScript. This is also true for many other "direct AJAX programming" environments. By using AJAX enabled controls, even this work is not necessary because the controls can handle themselves and only the developer of the control itself has to think about it.

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