Quest: is AJAX bad for SEO?

This sounds like a simple question. I will say like many other developers/architects/consultants - "It depends..."

Bottom line AJAX is bad for SEO!
For publicly facing company websites, were SEO important, stick with the server side scripting such as ASP.NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails and others.
I am not mentioning static HTML pages here since medium and big size companies most likely will have data driven web site.

If you are building Line of Service business application AJAX will only make your application better.
Do not think twice learn it well and use it.

If you absolutely have to use AJAX follow "Unobtrusive JavaScript" pattern.
AJAX is great tool when used for proper application types.

Here is my prediction -> 3 years from now Search engines will learn to understand and properly index and rank RIA/AJAX/FLASH/Silverlight/Flex/Put your faviorite client side technology here. Until then ...

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Really good SOA presentation

If you missed "The Business Value of SOA" presentation on I highly recommend.

"In this presentation, recorded at QCon, Burton Group research director Anne Thomas Manes talks about how to make the business case for SOA.
Her talk covers explaining SOA to non-technical business people, various approaches for selling SOA to management and gaining funding for SOA investments." and much more...

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