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In addition to integrating a wide range of modern web technologies, the book contains great examples of how to write building blocks for powerful web applications. These include form validation, chat, suggest, auto-complete, charting, grid, RSS, and drag-and-drop. Somewhere in the code for these functions are techniques for almost everything you might want to program into an application. What I really like about the book, however, is the ongoing explanation of how to write the code so it will be secure, and will perform correctly in every browser. Most books I have read don't bother with such details, but this one even lays out a method to create user-friendly error reporting in production mode. It has a strong focus on writing code that might actually be used in a production environment.
Each example begins by showing you the source code and how to actually implemented/deploy that application. There is also a supporting appendix for additional information about deploying the examples on a web server. Then each chapter follows by by explaining how the example worked.
If you would like to quickly begin using AJAX from PHP this book is a great start.
Sure, I could install Microsoft's .NET SDK or Sun's J2EE, but the likelihood of me every either using these two platforms is pretty slim. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against Microsoft or Sun as companies. I use Windows like everyone else, and am quite fond of OpenOffice. Suffice it to say, I am a front-end designer who is familiar with PHP.
There is a full gamut of examples to test out. I liked the way they list the full code in the text, in addition to offering the option of downloading it from Packt. I've read too many programming books that assume you're right there at your computer while reading. I don't know about you, but I like to take books with me to read when I can grab a spare minute here or there.
Before I get into the contents of the book, let me point out a few caveats, in case you are considering purchasing it (which I would still recommend, if you're into PHP). In some of their code examples, they use XHTML 1.1.Read more ›
The book starts with a great chapter explaining how web evolved and why the need for AJAX was created. It then explains what AJAX is and how it works - a difficult task to explain to the beginners, but the authors did it wonderfully. For the kick-starters, the chapter ends with a simple yet interesting hand-on example of a quick AJAX app, something that inspires many.
Before going into building core AJAX functionalities, the authors then introduces you to handling several PHP situations with AJAX (error handling, returning outputs, etc). Also, they show you how you can create the bridge between AJAX and MySQL.
After telling you everything you need to boost your own site with AJAX, they start to tell you how you can avail different AJAX functionalities in your site - Form Validation, Auto complete, Real-time Charting, Drag-n-drop, and so on. These are divided in the rest of the book in chapters. Each of them has a real-life working example that can make you think "Oh man!! I was looking for this to be in my site!!!" Although it's more code than theory, you won't loose the path as they start the chapters with a problem-solving manner and after showing the code, explain them step-by-step.Read more ›
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This book is very well written but you will find it exquisitely frustrating if you are unfamiliar with XML. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by PaulArt
Cristian Darie, AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications (Packt Publishing, 2006)
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It was easy to follow the first few chapters then they expect you to already know several other subjects before you can even understand the rest. I used [... Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by J. Rivera
AJAX and PHP by Cristian Darie, a book that takes us on a journey through a now MUST when you develop web applications. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by Daniel Smith
This book on AJAX and PHP address a wide range target group that allow the reader to skip sections that you're familiar with, and dig down into topics you need to read up on. Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Peter Kølgaard
This book does offer good insights into php and ajax. It however tends to not teach as much as redirect. Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
The good folks at Packt Publishing have really nailed it with this title. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of PHP and AJAX. Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by Adam Barrett
AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications
This is a great book for beginners as well as intermediate users of AJAX. Read more