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ISBN-13: 978-1847197726 ISBN-10: 1847197728 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: From Technologies to Solutions
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2 edition (January 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847197728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847197726
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Audra Hendrix

Audra Hendrix was educated at Northwestern University. She works as a consultant in applied technology and marketing to small and medium-sized businesses. While her client list includes Fortune 500 companies, she prefers the flexibility, agility, and challenges of small to medium-sized businesses. She has consulted both in the United States and France for businesses seeking to better utilize their resources and maximize their gains by reinventing and reapplying back office and Internet applications, data management, cost-effective marketing strategies, staffing requirements, and planning and deployment of new or emerging product lines.

Bogdan Brinzarea

Bogdan has a strong background in Computer Science holding a Master and Bachelor Degree at the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty of the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania and also an Auditor diploma at the Computer Science department at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France.

His main interests cover a wide area from embedded programming, distributed and mobile computing and new web technologies. Currently, he is employed as an Alternative Channels Specialist at Banca Romaneasca, Member of National Bank of Greece where he is responsible for the Internet Banking project and coordinates other projects related to security applications and new technologies to be implemented in the banking area.

Cristian Darie

Cristian Darie is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of modern technologies, and the author of numerous books, including his popular AJAX and PHP tutorial by Packt, his ASP.NET E-Commerce tutorial, by APress and his forthcoming SEO tutorial for PHP developers by Wrox Press. Cristian is studying distributed application architectures for his PhD, and is getting involved with various commercial and research projects. When not planning to buy Google, he enjoys his bit of social life. If you want to say "hi", you can reach Cristian through his personal website at cristiandarie.ro.


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on February 4, 2011
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The first four chapters of AJAX and PHP provide simple, well-explained examples that are easy to learn from and easy to experiment with. Beginning with Chapter 5, the examples are suddenly an order of magnitude more complex. Chapter 5 contains new unexplained features that obstruct understanding. These include PHP classes; PHP session variables; the new (default) HTTP content type, application/x-www-form-urlencoded; HTML forms; and a new sophisticated HTTP request function that is useful either as an object constructor or as an ordinary JavaScript function. There are also some important topics that appear to be omitted altogether, such as user authentication.

I have learned a lot from this book but do not consider it suitable as a stand-alone introduction to AJAX and PHP.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alonzo Hosford on November 25, 2010
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First, big problem with Chapter 9 in that the Figure 9-3 and 9-4 are for Chapter 8. Second the code will not work because of violation of the essential tenant of defining all variables before you use them. That would go the grid.php on page 271. You want to define $response variable to insure code runs everywhere. This you can do with the line $response = new stdClass();

Second is the index.html link tag
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="scripts/themes/jqModal.css" > is incorrect

it should be

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="scripts/themes/jqModal.css" >

On page 265 this link tag is discussed for styling the grid.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="themes/coffee/grid.css" >

I had to modify it to add it to the downloaded sample.
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="scripts/themes/coffee/grid.css" >

Basically there is an additional scripts folder in the paths to be wary about when translating the chapter discussion with the downloaded sample.

Other than that, so far as I have not tried all chapters, the downloaded examples appear to work. The book has the caveat that u use the XAMPP software in the Appendix. Some of us use our own server set-ups and that may cause a hitch here or there that are easily overcome since u would be experienced with LAMP server set-ups such as mysqli support in case u did not turn it on. The point here u want to play with examples be sure u read the software requirements they were tested on.

The authors do a great job of breaking down the subjects with a balance between atomic examples and more functionality and thus build more complex examples.
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By kris geerts on November 9, 2013
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this book fills the gap between php, ajax and jquery . it's not about one particular subject ; its about the cooperation of this parts.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Presley on July 18, 2010
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This is a good introduction to AJAX. Starts our very basic and very easy to understand.
Even covers using AJAX with jquery.
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