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Professional ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Paperback – Jun 5 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (June 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470109629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470109625
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
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From the Back Cover

Are you ready to build more responsive web applications with richer UI elements? This detailed guide to the Microsoft AJAX Library shows you how to bring together ASP.NET 2.0 with an object-oriented approach to JavaScript development using this new framework from Microsoft. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of the ASP.NET AJAX architecture, including the server controls, client-side JavaScript library, and runtime environment. By following the numerous examples, you'll see how much your users benefit from this new class of web applications that manipulate the browser's DOM and communicate with the server to update the user's view of a page without waiting for the entire page to be refreshed.

Written by Microsoft's lead ASP.NET AJAX developer together with an in-the-field Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), this book guides you through the core of the Microsoft AJAX Library and the controls you will use to leverage AJAX. It provides you with code samples to take advantage of some of the popular shared-source ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit controls and extensions. And you'll work through debugging functionality in Visual Studio® and the browser as well as methods for effective testing.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to create a better user experience by adding more dynamic UIs
  • Steps for accessing ASP.NET profile and authentication services

  • Ways to simplify programming tasks using the Microsoft AJAX Library

  • Strategies for testing web applications to achieve optimal performance

  • Methods for developing custom AJAX controls

Who this book is for

This book is for experienced ASP.NET developers who want to add AJAX to their applications. It is also for experienced web developers who want to move to ASP.NET and AJAX together.

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.

Enhance Your Knowledge

Advance Your Career

About the Author

Matt Gibbs is currently the development manager of the UI Framework and Services Team. This talented group is responsible for ASP.NET and the AJAX Framework as well as the new Integrated Pipeline of IIS 7. Matt has been working on Microsoft web technologies since joining the IIS 4 team to work on “classic” ASP in 1997. He has co-authored several books on ASP and ASP.NET.

Dan Wahlin (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for ASP.NET and XMLWeb Services) is a .NET development instructor at Interface Technical Training ( Dan founded the XML for ASP.NET Developers Website (www.XMLforASP.NET), which focuses on using XML, ADO.NET, and Web Services in Microsoft’s .NET platform. He’s also on the INETA Speakers Bureau and speaks at several conferences. Dan has co-authored/authored several different books on .NET, including ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and XML for ASP.NET Developers. When he’s not writing code, articles, or books, Dan enjoys writing and recording music and playing golf and basketball with his wife and kids. Dan regularly blogs at and

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read - disorganized flow Jan. 24 2009
By ValueHunter - Published on
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This book was so hard to read that I finally gave up on it and bought another book. It is not the technical part that is hard, but how the author(s) presents it. The presentation and flow is horrible. Some chapters would be okay to read and I would get hope that maybe I just did not understand the authors style, then the next chapter would go back to the very poor writing style. The authors clearly know their technical stuff, but their writing needs a lot of work.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 1 2007
By Scott Guthrie - Published on
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Matt and Dan's ASP.NET AJAX book is an excellent one. It is packed with useful content, and contains a lot of great code examples that demonstrate real-world usage examples.

The book covers all of the core ASP.NET AJAX Scenarios:

- Server-Side Controls (UpdatePanel, UpdateProgress, etc)

- Client-side libraries

- Networking Stack

- Application Services

- AJAX Control Toolkit

Matt Gibbs is the development manager of ASP.NET at Microsoft, and led the ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 development team - so obviously knows his stuff well. Dan Wahlin is a great trainer and presenter of ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX. You are in very good hands with them.

I highly recommend this book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good first AJAX reference July 4 2007
By Dwight Spencer - Published on
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I have nearly completed my first tour through the book. It is well-organized, written with considerable clarity, possesses a reasonable number of focused examples, and covers ALL the bases in good depth, including deployment and custom controls. Some very minor deficiencies are a scattered few forward references and a muddling of the details of JSON serialization when accessing web services, but the errata and future printings will hopefully clear these up soon.

Thua I strongly recommend it as the FIRST book to introduce yourself seriously to mainstream AJAX 2.0.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold March 5 2008
By L. Rice - Published on
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I had little knowledge on the subject of AJAX, but this book enlightened me. I could scope out the capabilities of this technology by reading a few key chapters. Now I understand the AJAX used in the enterprise level application I now maintain, plus a lot more. If you're a .NET programmer, I think you'll like the way this material is presented.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 16 2007
By Denny Ferrassoli - Published on
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Very well-organized, easy to follow and provided a great starting point for the ASP.NET AJAX framework. Even if you've been surfing the ASP.NET AJAX documentation you'll still pickup some good tips and information from this book.