Ajax: The Complete Reference Paperback – Mar 13 2008
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About the Author
Thomas Powell is the founder and principal of Powell Internet Consulting, Inc. a San Diego-based web design firm that specializes in Web research and development and site construction for high-tech companies. He developed the Web Design Certificate Program at UCSD, teaches web publishing classes and serves as senior instructor and faculty advisor in the University's Information Technology Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science from UCLA and a Master's degree in Computer Science from UCSD. Powell is the author of three books: HTML: The Complete Reference and HTML Programmer's Reference for Osborne and Web Site Engineering: Beyond Web Page Design for Prentice Hall.
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The book is well organized, and I was able to find what I needed to do without reading the book cover to cover.
Examples were clear and useful, and I was able to adapt them to my own needs easily.
I was able to complete my project in several weeks, much of it thanks to this reference.
The author also give tips on making design decision when making either small or large scale websites. It is very well written with full of examples that come with detailed explanations.
* Powell has deep and mature knowledge of his subject, which he shares generously.
* The text has been well edited -- errata are few and the writing is clear.
This is not a quick overview: it's long on detail. This is not a cookbook: ends of chapters assume that beginnings of chapters have been read. But if you're serious about mastering Ajax-type transport techniques, it's invaluable.
I've been a professional Web developer for many years. I've yet to see a better resource for client-side coding.
====== 2014 update ======
This volume is copyright 2008, which makes it six years old now. I usually avoid older technical books because the web changes so quickly: a lot of exploits have occurred and a lot of browser security measures have been implemented over the past six years.
Even so, solutions in this book for some of the toughest web problems still work the first time. Case in point: Ajax under secure sockets. I only googled for half an hour or so, but nothing I found matched the quality of the exposition and examples given in this volume. This is one impressive resource.
With so many good AJAX libraries out there - JQuery and Scriptaculous - I don't see the need to creating your own.
Other than that, the other topcis were not only interesting, they were actually useful and relevant.
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