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Ajax in Action Paperback – November 3, 2005
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And the rest, as they say, is history. Ajax is generating a lot of interest now, and a lot of good code is getting written by the people behind Prototype, Rico, Dojo, qooxdoo, Sarissa, and numerous other frameworks, too plentiful to count. Actually, we do try to count them, in appendix C. We think weve rounded up most of the suspects. And Ive never had so much fun playingI mean workingwith computers.
We have not arrived yet. The field is still evolving. I was amazed to see just how much when I did the final edits in September on the first chapter that I wrote back in May! Theres still a lot of thinking to be done on this subject, and the next year or two will be exciting. Ive been very lucky to have Eric and Darren on the book piece of the journey with me so far.
We hope you will join usand enjoy the ride.
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This is really two books in one: first, it's a look at the Ajax technologies and prescriptions for their effective use. There are detailed discussions of relevant design patterns and of strategies for designing usable and secure applications. There are substantial discussions of a number of Ajax frameworks, libraries, and development tools, as well as developer features of Web browsers that you've probably never learned about but can't live without.
The second half of the book is a cookbook, a compendium of detailed blueprints for concocting your own versions of a trifecta of Ajax showcases: dynamic double combo boxes, typeahead select boxes, and Web portals with selectable, draggable portlets. There are even recipes for assembling standalone Ajax applications that use existing third-party Web services as a back-end. I liked that the cookbook built on the earlier parts of the book by deliberately applying the design patterns and refactoring techniques therein described.
If you're serious about helping to revolutionize the Web, you need this book.
Keeping with the real project theme, there is information throughout on refactoring and design patterns. The authors present low level coding idioms as well. All this creates a language for coding Ajax applications. The second half of the book walks you through the entire development process for five sample applications.
The book targets a wide audience range, from enterprise developers to self-taught scripters. Basic concepts are explained concisely for newcomers and experienced developers may skim certain sections. However these sections are a very small part of the 600+ page book.
And the book even has a screenshot of JavaRanch! I was expecting a good book when I saw Bear and Ernest's comments on the back. But it still managed to exceed my expections!
Things like properly applying patterns, implenting clean separation of concerns, advanced debugging techniques and reusing all the good OOP techniques you use on the back-end are covered very well.
From there they dive into the theory behind it, how it works, how it differs from what you probably have done before, and also how to do the same thing without Ajax.
After that it's example city! Plenty of demonstrations of the techniques being talked about, and all the while they continue to explain it from a theoretical standpoint too so that you not only can copy the code as-is and use it, you understand why it is done how it is, so you can apply that knowledge on your own later.Read more ›
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The first chapter was a good introduction to the need for AJAX. After that, I never could figure out where the discussion of the basics of AJAX was. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Stinger51
So you are going to read a book about Ajax and wonder if does make sense to read this one or another one like Ajax in Practice from Manning, or Head Rush Ajax, Professional Ajax,... Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Ionel Condor
This one thick book that covers AJAX quite well. It discusses the meaning and history of the mesh of technologies that make up AJAX, various techniques and even covers some sample... Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by Leo Mckenzie III
I read through some other user reviews before digging into this, and I noticed one major flaw in most of the lower-rated reviews: none of the reviewers seem to understand Ajax, nor... Read morePublished on April 27, 2009 by Joseph Flores
I tried reading the book (up to chapter 8) still could not find a piece of useful information written properly or completely. Vague writing. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by Elar Alexander
This book covers lots of ground coming in at 600 pages of real content. I almost gave this book 3 stars until I re-read it. Read morePublished on August 21, 2008 by Clint Pachl
But I really liked this book. Read more