Google AJAX Libraries API

This is pretty cool. We’re currently internationalising a couple of our social networking sites for the US and other international markets and I can see real benefits in using this approach, not least of which would be:

  • Caching can be done by Google… we don’t have to write and maintain additional code in our apps for this
  • Files are Gzipped
  • The files are hosted by Google which has a distributed CDN at various points around the world, so the files are “close” to the user (UK visitors get a copy from a UK based CDN, US Visitors from a US CDN, etc)
  • Because the libraries are hosted on the same URLs, if the user has used another application that uses this infrastructure, the file may already be cached on their local machine.
  • Google servers are able to deliver content fast!

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