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Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Paperback – Feb 3 2009
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
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