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Ajax For Dummies Paperback – February 24, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471785972 ISBN-10: 0471785970 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471785970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471785972
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...done a great job of explaining the various technologies behind Ajax...." (Practical Web Design, June 2006)

"...surprisingly good book..." (Computer Shoppers, June 2006)

From the Back Cover

Create Web applications that act like desktop ones

Brush up on JavaScript, use free Ajax frameworks, and make your sites rock

What if shoppers at your online store could fill their carts without waiting for multiple page refreshes? What if searches produced instant results on the same page? With this book you won't have to wonder "what if" — you can use Ajax to make it happen! Get the scoop on all the technologies and start cranking out great applications.

Discover how to

  • Use CSS with Ajax
  • Connect to Ajax communities
  • Handle browsers that don?t do JavaScript
  • Tie Ajax into Google
  • Work with XML DOM
  • Connect Ajax to PHP and JSP

More About the Author

Steven Holzner is an award-winning author who has written extensively on Ajax and JavaScript. With over 100 titles published, he's sold over a million copies of his books and been translated into 16 languages. As a former faculty member of MIT and Cornell, he teaches corporate seminars around the country.

Customer Reviews

If you are looking to get your arms around this technology this is a great place to start.
RedStorm
This book gives an excellent tutorial on how to use the various components such as JavaScript, XML, CSS and others to create what might be called an Ajax page.
John Matlock
As per usual, he also does a great job on this book, albeit in the "Dummies" style of presentation and writing.
Thomas Duff

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Inveterate Reader on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This might be a wonderful book but it's hard to tell through the proofreading errors. I'm only 27 pages into chapter 2 and I've already found 25 errors. The errors might be manageable to someone who already knows how to program in JavaScript. But for those new to the language the errors will drive you crazy. There's no excuse for this kind of sloppiness in publishing. Whoever proofread this book ought to be fired.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ajax is obviously one of the hot web technologies these days, and now we have the Dummies title that covers it... Ajax for Dummies by Steve Holzner. While it might be easy to write this off as "just another Dummies book", I don't know that I'd be so hasty...

Contents:

Part 1 - Getting Started: Ajax 101; It's All About JavaScript

Part 2 - Programming in Ajax: Getting to Know Ajax; Ajax in Depth

Part 3 - Ajax Frameworks: Introducing Ajax Frameworks; More Powerful Ajax Frameworks; Server-Side Ajax Frameworks

Part 4 - In-Depth Ajax Power: Handling XML in Ajax Applications; Working with Cascading Style Sheets in Ajax Applications; Working with Ajax and PHP

Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Ajax Design Issues You Should Know About; Ten Super-Useful Ajax Resources

Index

As I said, I wouldn't write this off as just another Dummies title. For one, Steve Holzner has an excellent track record of writing tech books that have become the go-to references in the industry. As per usual, he also does a great job on this book, albeit in the "Dummies" style of presentation and writing. There is an abundance of code and screen shots that make it easy to follow along, and he presents just enough background on JavaScript and other Ajax components to bring you up-to-speed if those are not your strong areas. The only "nit" I have is that some of the code and screen shots in Chapter 2 don't quite mesh. The code statements for what should be on the screen don't quite match what actually printed out. It's as if the screen shot was made with a slightly reworded JavaScript routine. It still is essentially the same, but it threw me slightly as I was going through the material.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
I admit to being a fan of Steve Holzner. The man is an excellent technical writer with a knack for communicating the most complex concepts in simple, concise language.

I had (and still have) no particular interest in Ajax, but because I try to stay conversant with all platforms, I felt that if anyone could explain Ajax quickly, it would be Holzner.

I am not disappointed.

I don't think this book, despite its being a "dummies" title, will do a neophyte much good. If you aren't at least minimally familiar with HTML, Javascript, XML, PHP, CGIt CSS and some other technologies, you'll get lost really fast.

On the other hand, for people who already possess at least some basic knowledge of these technologies, Holzner's book will quickl provide the conceptual framework you need for understanding Ajax.

Jerry
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on August 30, 2007
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Usually the "for Dummies" books are well, written, humorous and informative. This one, however, needed to go back for some serious editing.

The writing style was stilted and hard to follow, not to mention there were plenty of errors.

But I could overlook that if the content was valuable. Unfortunately, there were many problems with the content in this book.

First, the example code did not match the screen shots. Mostly it was some trivial wording changes, but things like that lower the reader's confidence in the veracity of the book.

Second, the way Holzer steps you through the code is both confusing and a waste of space. He shows a code snippet - but just the lines he's describing. Then the next snippet is the first snippet plus a few more lines (in bold), and on and on, so that you almost never see the entire code file in one piece, and in some cases he doesn't show the entire contents of the file at all.

That wouldn't be so bad, because of course you can download all the examples from the website. The problem is, about half of them don't work, and being an Ajax Dummy, I don't know how to debug them. I tried them in Firefox and Safari, and got the same results in both.

The author and publisher need to go back through this book and revalidate everything, and rewrite the code samples so they're more like every other programming book out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is for people who know OF Ajax, but want to know more ABOUT Ajax. It walks through the layering of the different technologies that make Ajax what is, and in a very organized, logical, and effective way. The style and humor of the series is present as always, and there are lots of great examples and exercises included.

After completing the book and working on various projects, it becomes less useful and you'll probably want to switch to a more reference-oriented book. For beginners though, this book cannot be beat.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alfred J. Wromke on April 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is worth reading even if you have no interest in Ajax just to observe how a book of this nature should be written. Steve Holzner's communication and teaching skills are nothing less than awesome. If Ajax is of interest to you, this is the book to start no matter what level your interest or programming (or writing) proficiencies,- Holzer shows you the forest as well as the trees, - you'll get get your arms around Ajax, what it's all about, and where it can take you in an amazingly short time period and you'll be a dummy no more,- at least not where Ajax is concerned.

If Ajax is of no interest to you, it will be when you finish reading this informative masterwork.

Now more good news, after reading Holzner on Ajax, you'll be prepared for the very best book (technically) yet published on Ajax: David Crane's "Ajax in Action" - a Manning Publication. While Holzner takes you from ground level to 30 thousand feet with Ajax, "Ajax in Action", by David Crane, plummets you to explore many leagues beneath the surface, - after completion of these 2 books, you will join the ranks of the Ajax cognoscenti and dazzle your friends and foes alike with your newly acquired understanding of the foundation driving Web 2.0... Welcome to the future of the Internet!
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