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Terminology in Unified Communications AJAX SDK

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Stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. It is a Web programming technique for building interactive Web applications. Communication between a client and server uses standard HTTP request and response transactions. Non-empty messages are transported as the body of a request or a response in a prescribed format, including XML, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), or plain text. Unlike the traditional HTTP programming practice, an AJAX transaction can be applied to perform more modularized functionality and does not require an entire Web page be transported over the wire.

As the Communicator Web user interface, provides remote access to Communicator services over the Internet using a JavaScript-enabled browser.

A Web server running as a Service in IIS. A Communicator Web Access Server is the gateway on the Web to the Microsoft Office Communications Server of an enterprise.

Any standard JavaScript-enabled Web browser used to connect to and communicate with Communicator Web Access Server. The Communicator Web Access Server client provides Communicator-like user experiences from a Web browser.

A single active session with Microsoft Office Communications 2007 Server, which can be initiated by any Communicator-compatible client that includes Office Communicator 2007, Communicator Web Access Web client, or Unified Communications AJAX API client. A single user may have multiple endpoints active simultaneously.

Updates or results of method execution are returned to a client from a Communicator Web Access Server as events. An event has an event name and one or more event parameters. An event is specified as an XML element. A client retrieves events in HTTP GET requests, typically from a dedicated thread.

This is a form of authentication where the user credentials (domain, username, and password) are submitted by the client in plain text within the logon request. To provide compatibility with a variety of different Web browsers and support all scenarios, the Unified Communications API in combination with Communicator Web Access Server supports this form of authentication. When setting up an external Communicator Web Access Server for access from across an enterprise firewall, it is the only form of authentication supported. Computers that are not running a version of Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser can only use Form-based authentication.

Also known as an HTTP request and response transaction. A transaction begins when a client submits a request against a specified resource or service on the server. The transaction ends when the server responds with the requested resource or a form of acknowledgment of the request. The transaction can be synchronous or asynchronous. In a synchronous transaction, the client blocks until the server responds. In an asynchronous transaction, the client does not wait for the server to respond. Instead, the client registers a callback function with the server to receive the response from the server. With the Communicator Web Access Server, four types of HTTP requests are used for signing in, signing out, posting methods, and getting events.

Refers to an instant messaging (IM) conversation among two or more users.

Refers to Windows NT LanMan (NTLM) and Kerberos authentication over HTTP. The Unified Communications API supports this form of authentication for Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browsers and AJAX clients for superior security and for allowing easy sign-in to Communicator Web Access Server by using cached credentials when a user has already logged on to a Windows domain.

Refers to actions performed by the Communicator Web Access Server at the request of a client. The request comes as a message in an XML format and is sent using an HTTP POST request. A method has a method name, a request ID, and one or more method parameters. Depending on the method, some parameters may be optional.

Without any modifiers, refers to a user login session or user session. A successful sign-in marks the beginning of a user session, which is identified by a unique session ID generated by the server and passed to the client with each response. The session ID is passed to the server with each further request to identify the session.

Logging on to a Communicator Web Access Server. This involves a client making an HTTP POST request to the server either by sending the user credentials with form-based authentication or by using integrated Windows authentication to perform the credential negotiation, followed by an initiateSession request.

Logging off a Communicator Web Access Server. This involves a client making an HTTP POST request. Signing out marks the end of a user session. As part of signing out, the client should clean up any session-specific resources, including the session ticket.

Communicator Web Access Server supports this form of authentication for Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browsers and AJAX clients for superior security and to allow easy sign-in to Communicator Web Access. The logon credentials are passed to subsequent servers so that the user does not have to supply their credentials again. For more information, see the Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access (2007) Authentication Guide.

This form of authentication requires two separate elements to successfully authenticate a user. Normally this is represented by (1) a smart card and smart card reader on a local user computer used in conjunction with (2) a user ID and password that a user enters on a logon form. The smart card has a PIN encoded that must match the PIN for the user in the Active Directory® store.

Application programming interface (API) to Communicator Web Access Server. The AJAX API is based on the AJAX programming model. This AJAX API consists of a set of methods and events. The methods are client requests to have something done: for example, querying the presence of a user, setting the presence of the caller, inviting a user to an instant messaging conversation, and so on. The events are the results of the method invocations and are returned to the client by the server. The methods and events use XML for their data format.

An application that uses the Unified Communications AJAX API to provide presence management features with Communicator-compatible user experiences.

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