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Beginning Ajax Paperback – March 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470106754 ISBN-10: 0470106751 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470106751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470106754
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,196,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

As one of the prime enablers of innovations such as wikis, blogs, and third-party APIs, Ajax is redefining the way Web applications are created. This book familiarizes you with the core technologies behind Ajax, and shows you how to start building Web sites using Ajax techniques. It explains concepts step-by-step, using proven examples, so that you can immediately begin applying the information.

You'll see how building Ajax-enabled sites and applications allows more interactive user interfaces than ever before. You'll learn about the differences in capabilities between client-side and server-side development techniques, as well as how Ajax crosses this boundary. You'll discover how Ajax techniques can be summed up by patterns (which are development models that you'll use repeatedly). With a mastery of these techniques, you'll be able to breathe new life into your Web sites and applications.

What you will learn from this book

  • Ajax pros and cons so you know the best way to use it
  • The fundamental JavaScript and DOM techniques underlying Ajax

  • Methods for using the XMLHttpRequest object (the primary Ajax enabler) to call ASP.NET, PHP, and Java applications

  • How to store and transmit XML data that many Ajax applications use

  • How to debug JavaScript in your Ajax applications manually and how to write error handlers

  • Ways to combine applications through Web services or APIs to create mashups

Who this book is for

This book is for Web developers who want to start building sites using Ajax techniques and are familiar with (X)HTML, JavaScript, and basic CSS.The reader will also need to be familiar with either PHP or ASP.NET for the server-side examples, although an extensive knowledge of either is not expected.

About the Author

Chris Ullman is a freelance Web developer and technical author who has spent many years working with ASP/ASP.NET. Coming from a computer science background, he started initially as a UNIX/Linux guru, who gravitated toward Microsoft technologies during the summer of ASP (1997). He cut his teeth on Wrox Press ASP guides, and since then he has written and contributed to more than 25 books, mostnotably as lead author for Wrox’s bestselling Beginning ASP/ASP.NET 1.x series. He has contributed chapters to books on PHP, ColdFusion, JavaScript, Web Services, C#, XML, and other Internet-related technologies. After he left Wrox as a full-time employee in August 2001, he branched out into VB.NET/C# programming and ASP.NET development, and he started his own business, CUASP Consulting Ltd, in April 2003. He maintains a variety of Web sites from http://www.cuasp.co.co.uk (his “work” site) to http://www.atomicwise.com (a selection of his writings on music and art). He now divides his time between his family and composing electronic sounds for his music project, Open E.

Lucinda Dykes is a freelance Web developer, teacher, and technical author who has been writing code and developing Web sites since 1994. She started her career in a high-tech area of medicine but left medicine to pursue her interests in technology and the Web. She has been involved in client-side development with JavaScript for many years through her company, Zero G Web, and teaches JavaScript courses online for an international group of students at eclasses.org. She has also authored numerous technical books about XML, XHTML, and Web application development with Dreamweaver.


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I'm a bit of a novice at JavaScript (I have used it though), but I consider myself skilled at PHP.
A. Humpherys
(Quote: "Note that this example is quite complex.") I wonder, if they knew it was too complex to grasp at a first glance, why didn't they change it?
Tana
For the amount of money this book costs, one would be loathe to throw it away, but I feel I have no choice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tana on March 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is really disappointing. The code examples are not at all well suited for the book's supposed target (starting level).

The first example (page 21) is too complex for a beginners' book *and* for a first chapter... and they even say so! (Quote: "Note that this example is quite complex.") I wonder, if they knew it was too complex to grasp at a first glance, why didn't they change it? They introduce even XSL without any need -this can only discourage a beginner. Believe me, I can think of a thousand better examples, and I'm not an expert in Ajax.

It doesn't get any better in the next chapters. The authors can't manage to explain fundamental things like the XMLHttpRequest object, which is an essential part of Ajax, and consequently should be an essential part of a book about Ajax for beginners.

So... I really don't recommend this book. I usually enjoy Wrox books, but I have to say this title is absolutely not worth the money. If you are a beginner, try Wiley's Ajax for Dummies instead. Hope this helps!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Brown on August 30, 2011
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I have had a PC in my home since 1991. I hold certifications in C/C++ and Unix System Admin, and I am working on my LPI certification, so I have read many computer science books. This book is horrendous. There are code mistakes throughout the book, and the free code from the publisher has the same mistakes.

In the chapter three shopping cart project the code has the <a href ... tag inside of double quotes, you can't put HTML tags inside of quotes.

If I could I would give this book a negative rating. Save your money and buy your books from O'Reilly, WROX is the absolutely worst publisher of computer science books I have ever come across in my 20 years of personal and professional experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Keller on May 11, 2010
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This book has a decent approach to the material, and explains the use of many tools and techniques.

However, the code examples are hard to follow at best, and often don't even work as printed. The programming style used in the code examples is garbage; the examples have generic, non-descriptive variable names, are not indented, and have syntax errors. As a book targeted for beginners, I would think that more time would go into polishing this central aspect.
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By Tessa on July 23, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book, although it could use more colors/images like the Smashing JQuery book. This is a great js frameworks textbook, especially for college course on Ajax.
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