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AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications [Paperback]

by Cristian Darie, Bogdan Brinzarea, Filip Chereches-Tosa, Mihai Bucica
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March 10, 2006 1904811825 978-1904811824 1st
AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications is the most practical and efficient resource a reader can get to enter the exciting world of AJAX. This book will teach you how to create faster, lighter, better web applications by using the AJAX ingredients technologies to their full potential. This book is for web developers willing to build better web applications. A basic knowledge of PHP, XML, JavaScript and MySQL, or a strong will to learn-as-you-type, is assumed.

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About the Author

Filip Chereches-Tosa is a web developer and entrepreneur, with a strong belief in the future of web-based software and open source. He started his career at the age of 9, programming BASIC on a Commodore 64.Filip blogs in Romanian on www.filipcte.ro and is an active member of the largest IT communities in Romania. He's always involved in side-projects, one of the latest being jobberBase (www.jobberbase.com), open source job board software that he extracted from www.jobber.ro (a successful Romanian IT job board). 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 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 http://www.cristiandarie.ro. Mihai Bucica started programming and competing in programming contests (winning many of them), all at age twelve.With a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty of the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, Bucica works on building communication software with various electronic markets. Even after working with a multitude of languages and technologies, Bucica's programming language of choice remains C++, and he loves the LGPL word. Mihai also co-authored Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce and he be contacted through his personal website, www.valentinbucica.ro.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 1st edition (March 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Much More than AJAX and PHP October 13, 2006
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I admit, when I first opened this book, I thought it would contain a dry discussion of how to use AJAX methods with PHP. But the book turned out to be so much more than advertised, I think its title must be wrong. It should have been called, "How to Use AJAX Methods with PHP, MySQL, DOM, CSS, SVG, XSL, XML, RSS, and JavaScript Frameworks." I certainly never expected to read it cover to cover, but that's what I did.

In addition to integrating a wide range of modern web technologies, the book contains great examples of how to write building blocks for powerful web applications. These include form validation, chat, suggest, auto-complete, charting, grid, RSS, and drag-and-drop. Somewhere in the code for these functions are techniques for almost everything you might want to program into an application. What I really like about the book, however, is the ongoing explanation of how to write the code so it will be secure, and will perform correctly in every browser. Most books I have read don't bother with such details, but this one even lays out a method to create user-friendly error reporting in production mode. It has a strong focus on writing code that might actually be used in a production environment.

My only quibble with the authors is that they seemed to be avoiding OOP in their JavaScript, though they used it with their PHP code throughout the book. They said OOP emulation techniques required a longer learning curve. However, the result of their decision is JavaScript files that run for seven or eight pages. I really think that OOP would have been less intimidating to a new programmer than page after page of unbroken code.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AJAX and PHP by Example August 26, 2006
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This book teaches by example. The first few chapters introduce AJAX and what part PHP, Javascript and XML all play. Then the remainder of the book takes you through several example applications. The example apps are simple enough that you can easily follow. These applications include Form Validation, Chat, Suggest and Autocomplete, Charting with SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), using grids, and Drag and Drop.

Each example begins by showing you the source code and how to actually implemented/deploy that application. There is also a supporting appendix for additional information about deploying the examples on a web server. Then each chapter follows by by explaining how the example worked.

If you would like to quickly begin using AJAX from PHP this book is a great start.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for PHP Users April 18, 2006
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There need to be more Ajax books like this. No, let me rephrase. Rather, more of the Ajax books out there should've been like this one. I just finished reading through AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications and it is by far my favorite book on the topic of Ajax yet. The authors of this book: Bogdan Brinzarea, Mihai Bucica, Cristian Darie and Filip Chereche'-Tosa have done a great job of keeping the topics focused and applicable.

While other books I have read covered the concepts behind Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, they did so with a shotgun blast of information. While I appreciate an eclectic approach, it is irrelevant because many examples are for languages I never use. For instance, one single book might have a slew of exercises in ASP.NET and Java, with maybe a few chapters on PHP.

Sure, I could install Microsoft's .NET SDK or Sun's J2EE, but the likelihood of me every either using these two platforms is pretty slim. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against Microsoft or Sun as companies. I use Windows like everyone else, and am quite fond of OpenOffice. Suffice it to say, I am a front-end designer who is familiar with PHP.

There is a full gamut of examples to test out. I liked the way they list the full code in the text, in addition to offering the option of downloading it from Packt. I've read too many programming books that assume you're right there at your computer while reading. I don't know about you, but I like to take books with me to read when I can grab a spare minute here or there.

Before I get into the contents of the book, let me point out a few caveats, in case you are considering purchasing it (which I would still recommend, if you're into PHP). In some of their code examples, they use XHTML 1.1.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a PHP programmer who is looking to start integrating AJAX in your upcoming projects, then this book will be a perfect start for you. The book focuses more on code rather than theory, and explains the pile of code in an easy manner.

The book starts with a great chapter explaining how web evolved and why the need for AJAX was created. It then explains what AJAX is and how it works - a difficult task to explain to the beginners, but the authors did it wonderfully. For the kick-starters, the chapter ends with a simple yet interesting hand-on example of a quick AJAX app, something that inspires many.

The next chapter goes into the basics of JavaScript, DOM, XMLHTTPRequest and related key points and explains each of them with good examples. This makes sure that you know what you'll do and why you'll do things in a specific way.

Before going into building core AJAX functionalities, the authors then introduces you to handling several PHP situations with AJAX (error handling, returning outputs, etc). Also, they show you how you can create the bridge between AJAX and MySQL.

After telling you everything you need to boost your own site with AJAX, they start to tell you how you can avail different AJAX functionalities in your site - Form Validation, Auto complete, Real-time Charting, Drag-n-drop, and so on. These are divided in the rest of the book in chapters. Each of them has a real-life working example that can make you think "Oh man!! I was looking for this to be in my site!!!" Although it's more code than theory, you won't loose the path as they start the chapters with a problem-solving manner and after showing the code, explain them step-by-step.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy if you don't know XML
This book is very well written but you will find it exquisitely frustrating if you are unfamiliar with XML. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PaulArt
3.0 out of 5 stars For beginners, and repetitive, but worthwhile for all that.
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Published on September 8, 2009 by J. Rivera
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Published on March 22, 2009 by Daniel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward and to the point!
This book on AJAX and PHP address a wide range target group that allow the reader to skip sections that you're familiar with, and dig down into topics you need to read up on. Read more
Published on February 10, 2009 by Peter Kølgaard
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth the price
This book does offer good insights into php and ajax. It however tends to not teach as much as redirect. Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by N. Fuhriman
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal book for those who currently have some PHP, XML, JavaScript and...
AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications is the ideal book for those who currently have some PHP, XML, JavaScript and MySQL already under their belt. Read more
Published on June 1, 2008 by CPAUG
5.0 out of 5 stars Packt Publishing Nails Another One!
The good folks at Packt Publishing have really nailed it with this title. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of PHP and AJAX. Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by Adam Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Grea book for beginners and intermediates.
AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications

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Published on November 9, 2007 by Joshua A. Robison
1.0 out of 5 stars Not best practices, not cross browser, not teaching
The book would be ok as a reference or code examples with brief explanations. However, the code practices used, when compared to other current books left me very disappointed. Read more
Published on August 15, 2007 by M. Cordoba
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