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Ajax: Your visual blueprint for creating rich Internet applications Paperback – July 31, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0470043066 ISBN-10: 0470043067 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (July 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470043067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470043066
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,208,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional-level computer topics. Open the book and you'll discover step-by-step screen shots that demonstrate over 150 key Ajax techniques, including:

  • Downloading data from behind the scenes
  • Enabling real-time live searches
  • Playing games that use Ajax
  • Populating pop-up menus
  • Accessing Web pages from JavaScript
  • Handling menus, colors, and backgrounds
  • Creating interactive mouseovers
  • Updating shopping carts
  • Installing Ajax frameworks
  • Validating XML from the server
  • Enabling auto-completion of typed terms
  • Downloading images behind the scenes

"I just purchased my third Visual book (my first two are dog-eared now!) and, once again, your product has surpassed my expectations. Keep up the wonderful work!"
—Tracey Moore (Memphis, TN)

  • High-resolution screen shots demonstrate each task
  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
  • Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
  • "Apply It" and "Extra" sidebars highlight useful tips

About the Author

Steven Holzner Ph.D. (Ithaca, New York) is the author of 100 technology books, including bestsellers such as Ajax for Dummies and Inside JavaScript. His books have been translated into 18 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. He specializes in writing about online applications, and has authored popular books on the components of Ajax including JavaScript, XML, browser objects, and Web services. He teaches classes to programmers around the country on the central skill in Ajax, using XML online and in-depth. He has been a contributing editor to PC Magazine, and was on the faculty at Cornell University and MIT.

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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Benton on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was pleased that this book comes with a CD of the examples. I was dissapointed that there wasn't more substance to the book, however. I felt mislead by the book up front. It starts off by giving examples of how AJAX is used, but didn't do as much as I would have like it to do. For example, I wanted to see an example of a set of menus that could be moved around the screen. I saw how to drop an item into another (shopping cart-like), but there was so much more depth this book could have gone into.

For the money, it is a good "how to get started with AJAX," but I'm hard pressed to say I got my money's worth.

This book hits on:

o how to create your first AJAX-enabled pages

o how to learn more about AJAX

This book misses on:

o Layout - it's often unclear what the author is trying to get across.

o Examples - Some of the examples were repeated so many times, I began feeling like I wished I hadn't looked at them.

o Where's the rest? I was left wanting so much more.

I would have given this book a two-star rating except that it is a fair resource for some beginners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Greenwald on October 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I did learn a bit about the XMlHttpRequest object from this book, I don't think the Visual Blueprint format was the best way discuss it. The book felt very disorganized and was indeed full of errors.

There were also some chapters that didn't fit into the book. I think it should be a pre-requisite to any AJAX book that the reader know JavaScript, CSS, and some XML. About half of the book was taken by elementary concepts which had very little to do with AJAX. What the reader is left with is a very shallow read. Based on the book's description, it does not deliver what it promises, and when it does, not very well.

Because the book takes such a shallow look at JavaScript, CSS, XML, and PHP, I don't think it suffices for beginners. And because the book is even more shallow with AJAX, I don't think it suffices for veterans either.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Major on October 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've just skimmed through the book, and there are two glaring problems:

1. The layout of the book is horrid. The book condences theory into talking points, to the extent of putting them in their own cute little boxes. Every idea that the author 'fleshes out' is compressed into a two-to-three paragraph blurb, and then code (hard to read as the screenshots are small) is presented, again in their own little boxes. The light blue decoration does not help matters, nor the blue semi-circle present on every righthand page.

2. The good stuff doesn't start until page 62. The introduction is a bit too fanboyish for my liking (Wow, AJAX is just AMAZING!), and the chapter on JavaScript is so laughable it should have been edited out. The author barely touches the basics, and relies on sloppy internal JavaScript to get his functions to work rather than using the cleaner, and perhaps even standard, approach of utilizing external JavaScript files without the use of any JavaScript within the HTML at all.

I'll try to stick it out with this book, but so far the first impression is not favorable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book started OK enough, but once it was time to integrate XML around chapter 3, the book fell apart. The examples were heavily based on PHP which is fine if you are a PHP developer which I am not. The chapters are disorganized and hard to follow. I bought this book from Borders a couple of weeks ago and I will return it today to exchange this book for a better one (mine did not come with a CD). On the plus side I did get a good understanding of how Ajax does browser detection and what Ajax does in general, but that is where it ends. IMHO, try another book, don't waste your time.
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