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JavaScript Asynchronous Programming with JavaScript Understanding Promises Using Fetch

Greg Radford
Greg Radford
7,116 Points

Is fetch() still considered AJAX?

Get was an AJAX method right, so is fetch still AJAX?

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,920 Points

AJAX stands for "Asynchronous JavaScript And XML", which seems to imply the use of the XMLHttpRequest function for data transfer. Back when that term was coined, there wasn't really any other function to do the job.

But the newer (and easier to use) fetch function handles the same essential AJAX functionality of updating parts of a web page without reloading the whole page. So from that standpoint it should probably qualify. Plus, in some circles the term itself is being redefined as "Asynchronous JAvaScript Xfer (transfer)" to specifically include newer technologies like fetch.

So I guess the important issue is who's the audience, and how formal and/or traditional do you need to be?