Now onto the actual topic, how you use the new technology with PHP and what it means to your average PHP developer. The first thing you want to do is just like another other new tech in PHP, ignore the original article and generic explanations and find a library that does the hard work for you.
Right now your options seems to be:
If you don’t enjoying playing with the DOM then the AJAX revolution will take a bit longer to get to you, but don’t worry it shouldn’t long before people start releasing widgets for doing that side as well. I expect that you’ll see type-ahead find, multi-select pulldowns, and database grids.
What this means to the average php developer is that you’ll have the abilility to reduce page reloads and make your webapp feel a lot more like a normal desktop app. At the moment you still have to do the work yourself, but im guessing you’ll see turnkey widget solutions in the next couple months. As I get time i’ll attempt to post a couple tutorials and if I ever stop spending time fixing up my apartment i’ll release the type-ahead find code we’ve built for clearhealth.