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Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX [Paperback]

Bill Evjen , Matt Gibbs , Dan Wahlin , Dave Reed
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Book Description

Feb. 3 2009 Wrox Programmer to Programmer

This book is aimed at experienced ASP.NET developers looking to add AJAX to their applications, and experienced Web developers who want to move to using ASP.NET and AJAX together. The focus here is on how you can extend ASP.NET applications to update portions of the page asynchronously and to add richer UI elements to a page. ASP.NET AJAX makes it easy to enrich your existing application or to design a new application to provide a better experience for users. The differences among modern browsers have been abstracted, allowing you to write to a common set of APIs and trust that the user will get the correct behavior whether they are using Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.

This book covers ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX but not ASP.NET 3.5, on which ASP.NET AJAX is built. The examples lead you from the core of what is included in the ASP.NET AJAX Library through the core controls you would first start using. You build on that using the core JavaScript library and the ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit.

Detailed coverage includes:

  • how ASP.NET AJAX compares to other AJAX libraries and how you can use the client library with any server platform you choose
  • the UpdatePanel control that allows you to automatically update portions of a page asynchronously without a visible pause while the page refreshes
  • working with JavaScript and how the ASP.NET AJAX Library makes development with JavaScript easier
  • control of script resources and working with the ScriptManager control
  • the ASP.NET 3.5 ability to work with the back button
  • the ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit and all it has to offer for creating rich user interfaces
  • how to use ASP.NET’s services and core features such as the Membership and Role management systems,  Web Parts, localization, and state management with ASP.NET AJAX
  • networking objects, animations, custom AJAX controls
  • testing, debuging, and deploying ASP.NET Ajax applications

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AJAX is the de facto standard for building compelling, scalable user-friendly interactive web applications. With this book, you'll discover how to use those ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX features in order to create richer, more responsive, dynamic web sites. You'll get an overview of the architecture, including the ASP.NET server elements and the client-side JavaScript library and runtime, and you'll gain a clear understanding of how the pieces of ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX build upon each other to provide a comprehensive framework for rich application development and limitless customization.

As you build your knowledge of the underlying ASP.NET platform, you'll also learn how to effectively use Visual Studio 2008 to build ASP.NET solutions that maximize the new AJAX capabilities.

What you will learn from this book

  • How the latest AJAX version is part of the .NET Framework 3.5, requiring no separate installation

  • The benefits of cross-platform compatibility within all the major up-level browsers that exist

  • Ways that Visual Studio works with AJAX-enabled pages

  • Techniques for testing, debugging, and deploying ASP.NET AJAX applications

  • Tips for building custom controls and working with animations

  • How to access databases and Web Services

Who this book is for

This book is for ASP.NET developers who are interested in using AJAX to enhance existing web sites or develop new, more interactive web applications.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Going in deep Jan. 8 2010
Great book if you want to go in deep.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall Book March 8 2009
By Brian Mains - Published on
There are quite a bit of books on the market about ASP.NET and AJAX. The book "Professional ASP.NET AJAX" from Wrox is a good overview of the AJAX framework. The authors of the book cover a wide array of subjects that you don't find in every AJAX book. The book covers topics like localization and globalization, custom AJAX controls, web services, the WebRequest object, AjaxControlToolkit overview, and more.
As a professional series book, the book does cover a good amount of material to deserve the label. After introducing the reader with the basics, the book moves into the ScriptManager control and all it has to offer, including the new script combining feature. This is followed by a chapter on the back button, history points, and partial updates features.
The book covers AJAX networking and using the WebRequest object and its ability to request information from the server, which has the ability to contact the server and receive the updated HTML as a response. This chapter surprisingly didn't cover web services, but an adjacent chapter covers the in-built application and profile services that allow profiling and login/logout functionality all in client script. The book continues to cover state management; error handling and Sys.Debug; and deployment of AJAX-enabled applications. For deployment, there was a lot of information that's important to know about deploying an application I never knew about.
The book covers customization; it features developing a custom AJAX control that changes its content on the client-side, along with an AJAX extender using the AJAX Control Toolkit. The book looks at the basics of these, as the development approaches vary significantly. The subsequent chapter focuses on embedding AJAX code into web parts using the existing web part framework.
Overall, the book is well-written and conveys its points clearly. I think some of the content is organized in an awkward way; for instance, the book briefly looks at localization early in the book with a good explanation, then features a full chapter later in the book. It felt like it was repeating itself in a few places. The chapters are written fluently; the reading of the book isn't dry at all, which makes for a good tech book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good introductory book updated and improved Feb. 9 2009
By Techie Evan - Published on
Updating and improving upon its predecessor Professional ASP.Net 2.0 AJAX, this book now provides fuller discussion of the AJAX Toolkit and how to build custom client- and server-side controls, and dedicated chapters on animations and localization. It also added one chapter each on how to ajaxify WebParts when building portals and how to enable browser navigation history support, a feature that is not enabled in the framework by default because of overhead in the potential need to create iframes behind the scenes for some browsers. Both additional chapters are very well written and make the book even more valuable. I would have liked to see more discussion of recommended practices addressing security and testing concerns, including availability of AJAX-aware testing tools that work well with the framework. Also, I think that removing the brief section on accessibility concerns with AJAX from the previous edition is a mistake. Overall, however, I like this book very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented. Oct. 2 2013
By john harter - Published on
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Book Arrived quickly and was exactly what I needed to help me use AJAX in my ASP applications. It was well written, too.
3.0 out of 5 stars Book not much help. Jan. 20 2013
By S. White - Published on
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Internet searches are better source; quality of information more helpful than this book. Re-Sale store here we come. Go Green.
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