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From the Back Cover
The Easy, Example-Based Guide to Ajax for Every Web Developer
Using Ajax, you can build Web applications with the sophistication and usability of traditional desktop
applications and you can do it using standards and open source software. Now, for the first time,
there's an easy, example-driven guide to Ajax for every Web and open source developer, regardless of
one step at a time, he introduces techniques for building increasingly rich applications. Don't worry if
you're not an expert on Ajax's underlying technologies; Woychowsky offers refreshers on them, from
standards throughout, ranging from Firefox to Ruby and MySQL.
You'll not only learn how to write "functional" code, but also master design patterns for writing rocksolid,
high-performance Ajax applications. You'll also learn how to use frameworks such as Ruby on
Rails to get the job done fast.
- Learn how Ajax works, how it evolved, and what it's good for
- Understand the flow of processing in Ajax applications
- Build Ajax applications with XML and the XMLHttpRequest object
- Integrate back-end code, from PHP to C#
- Use XSLT and XPath, including XPath Axis
- Develop client-side Ajax libraries to support code reuse
- Streamline development with Ruby on Rails and the Ruby programming language
- Use the cross-browser HTML DOM to update parts of a page
About the Author
EDMOND WOYCHOWSKY, a senior level consultant in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, specializes in
to TechRepublic, he has developed applications for the financial, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing
industries. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories.See all Product Description
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
If you enjoy reading drivel like this, buy the book--you'll get your fill.
And then there's the occasional piece of dangerous thinking, for example:
"Nevertheless, it works, which is all that really matters when developing an application."
The source examples are poorly formatted, making the code unnecessarily difficult to read.
In fact, who the book is geared toward seems to be part of this book's problem. At some points, I thought the author was writing for an audience fresh out of their first day of Programming 101. At others, I felt he was writing for seasoned professionals.
The book reads well if one is on vacation, but if one is working and wants to know the intermediate or advanced details behind AJAX, this is not that book. In the beginning, I found the SG-1 and Star Trek, etc. analogies and asides amusing, but by page 40 I had had enough of these. The book would be significantly shorter without them, and in the end if I had wanted to be entertained I wouldn't have been reading a book on this subject.
I found the reference material formatted in tables to be useful, and I may well come back to this book for that.
One final point... Where are the electronic versions of the code samples? No CD, no website I can find. I guess my only alternative is to go to Safari and cut n paste. The author really doesn't expect his readers to type by hand his multipage code examples, does he? It is 2006 afterall.
1) It doesn't just go right into showing you how to use the XMLHttpRequest object in the usual "Hello World" examples. Its goes into detail how normal scripting works with web pages and shows the differences in using an Ajax implementation and what it can do it for you.
2) It doesn't try to sell you that using Ajax is always better. It explains how other techniques (better or worse) can be used to do similar results: HTML frames and IFRAMES.
4) The examples on Ajax use open source technologies (PHP and MySQL) and really explain how to use these server-side technologies so if you're unfamiliar with them you won't get lost. Was great because myself am a ASP.NET developer, but I had no problem following the examples using PHP code.
5) A very detailed explanation of the XMLHttpRequest object (chapter 7 and 8). Other books I have read on Ajax briefly go into this very important object but this book really explains it methods and properties and how to use it correctly with XML DOM, RSS, and Web Services.
6) Covers XSLT, which many books do not.
Those are just a few points why this book is a great, complete introduction to Ajax and why it should be in your bookshelf. I highly recommend it.
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