2005: The year of the DOM
Google Suggest also demonstrates what I think will be a key theme for 2005: XMLHttpRequest. Loading additional data interactively from the server has been a dream of client-side developers for years, and XMLHttpRequest finally provides an “official” method for doing exactly that (previous remote scripting efforts had revolved around ingenious hacks). GMail and Google Suggest have sparked a huge interest in this technique and it’s certain that we’ll see a lot more of it over the next 12 months. The ObjectGraph Dictionary is another example.