XMLHttpRequest - Good or Evil
I think its unfair to paint
One may argue that with spyware, you have to install them... well... have you ever decompiled/disassembled that program you use most on your system, to make sure its not spying on you? Oh... i c... you took the Software Companies word for it... And now you're not going to take their word for it if they tell you their website is not spying on you? Whatever... Me, I don't believe any of them anyway... I just limit how much of my info can be compromised so at anytime the amount of info I loose is really minimal. How do I do this? I TRY to allow only OpenSource software have access to my most personal data, and where I can't, I don't bitch if I can't fix it. I'm I still very safe? Ofcourse NOT!!! What kind of world would this be if we were all totally safe? Unrealistic... that's the truth of Life... deal with it.
It is also not ground enough for the author to say: *Are you not yet fearful and angry? Not ready to rise up and strip the XMLHttpRequest code from your browser?*
As a matter of fact, I think thats just a dumb conclusion (IMNSHO). Every Network Admin worth his salt, infact, any Engineer or human that deals in innovations, knows that when adding features to a product/design, most features can be used for Good as well as for Bad. If you asked me, I would say that in Nature everything comes in ionized (for want of a better expression) pairs Positive Side n Negative Side.
Take the most basic of human abilities Choice. This is the single factor that allows us to have great men like G. Washington, A. Lincoln, Essien Ita Essien (no thats not a typo :P), its also the same factor that allows us to have some of the worlds worst Tyrants like A. Hitler, J. Stalin, etc. Is choice a Bad Thing? Ill say a resounding NO!!! But Im guessing that the Arthur of that article is likely to recommend that the UN recommend all Nations of the world to pull out Choice from all New Human Beings. Soundz hilarious right? Exactly, thats what reading that pessimism laden paper feels like to me.
I would appreciate an article that highlights the potential security holes, and a way for users to be wary of them better than an out-on-out attack on AJAX (just b/cos its a new technology, and wasnt pushed to the fore by some *traditional* big name, b/cos i'm almost certain that where this angst is coming from), and a conclusion that we should Strip Out XMLHttpRequest from our browsers!!! That just silly.
Anyways, any browser that likes, can go ahead and pull out XMLHttpRequest from its implementation and then sit back and watch satisfactorily as its Market Share torpedos downward (Oh, and if you've somehow missed the news, Opera the browser is free now too!!!). Yeah, and they can quote me as having said so (who am i? baaah
. Go away
thats not important
YET :-) ). XMLHttpRequest has come to stay.
My advice for all Nay Sayers? Wake up
this is NOT _Duh Maytreex_, this is actually
_Duh Reelwhurled_ :-) and as such,
Oh and lest I forget, better get more educated on safe browsing habits, and dont worry, the next generation of Data Protection is just around the corner trust me, I use Firefox!!!