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2.0 out of 5 stars The material didn't make sense to me, June 1, 2009
This review is from: Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action [Ajax] (Paperback)
The outline and concepts of the first few chapters are solid - repurpose an old-fashioned web app into a modern Ajax one. However the example code had a funny smell to it - duplicate code, unclear variable names, etc. I pressed on anyway but found myself reading pages over and over again that still didn't make sense. I kept thinking "there has to be a simpler explanation for this" and finally gave up and returned the book around Chapter 3. There are books out there that explain Prototype and Scriptaculous more clearly. I recommend using the "Look inside this book" feature to see if the writing and coding style make sense to you before plunking down the cash.
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2012 6:36:15 PM PST
Madcap coder says:
I couldn't agree more. I can't begin to imagine what planet the authors of this book are on, but I've a sneaky feeling they wouldn't be too displeased if their readers came away wondering what the hell they were on about. The reader is introduced to the language with countless diversions and offhand half-explained references to numerous server technologies, and the first chapter outlines a simple example which simply doesn't work. Anyone thinking of buying this book is heartily advised to look elsewhere, you couldn't possibly do worse. I notice half the peer reviews are delivered with forked tongue, and who would use a recommendation from amazon itself, for heaven's sake???
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