Ok, maybe I sounded a bit harsh in my latest post. In my humble opinion, Ajax is actually a great technology when applied in a proper manner.
For instance, have a look at the latest version of Windows Live Local. They stuffed a van with ten cameras and drove along the streets of San Francisco and Seattle, capturing over 10 million images for each city! Try the walk mode and feel the breeze of the Bay area! Just type in “starbucks” in the search field and the coffee houses will be overlayed on the map. A nice addition to the war of the maps.
Other examples includes the flag ship Google Maps, the excellent mail application GMail, the equally excellent auto-complete search engine Google suggest (one of the first examples which I mentioned a year and a half ago, before the name Ajax was invented and the hype started), the very popular social tagging applications such as Flickr and del.icio.us.
We also have StreamPad for music streaming, calendar Kiko, web-based IM client Meebo, desktop-esque start page Fold, word processors AjaxWrite and Writely, database administrator TurboDbAdmin and more.
There. Just don’t get me started on Web 2.0, another buzz word often associated with Ajax. That’s another story.