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Ajax in Action Paperback – November 3, 2005
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"A tremendously useful field guide specifically written for developers down in the trenches...waiting for the killer solution..." -- Val's Blog
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And the rest, as they say, is history. Ajax is generating a lot of interest now, and a lot of good code is getting written by the people behind Prototype, Rico, Dojo, qooxdoo, Sarissa, and numerous other frameworks, too plentiful to count. Actually, we do try to count them, in appendix C. We think weve rounded up most of the suspects. And Ive never had so much fun playingI mean workingwith computers.
We have not arrived yet. The field is still evolving. I was amazed to see just how much when I did the final edits in September on the first chapter that I wrote back in May! Theres still a lot of thinking to be done on this subject, and the next year or two will be exciting. Ive been very lucky to have Eric and Darren on the book piece of the journey with me so far.
We hope you will join usand enjoy the ride.
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To be sure, the authors certainly know their stuff. This book contains useful chapters on topics like refactoring, RSS feeds and security issues. But if you are looking for a basic tutorial that will get you up to speed quickly I would suggest the "AJAX For Dummies" book. At about half the cost and size, it's a much better read. Put this together with Larry Ullman's "Building a Web Site with AJAX" and you will have a solid foundation to build on. After that you might want to come back to this book and dive into the advanced topics.
The biggest drawback is security coverage. Security issues in the AJAX world have really unfolded since this book was first published. This title does dedicate about 30 pages (chapter 7) to security. The author touches on the basics, like securely parsing XMLHttpRequest response data. However, I would highly recommend Ajax Security for a more in-depth study. "AJAX Security" is almost the size of this book, but entirely dedicated to security and about 2 years newer.
The book concludes with five big example applications. The fourth example implements a live search. It employs XSLT for XML parsing and presentation, which really piqued my interest. For me, the live search example is the highlight of the book.
It teaches you generally what has to be done in order to get AJAX things to work, but the really good thing about AJAX is XMLHTTPREQUEST, which I don't think they explained adequately enough.
Overall, a good book, but I'm thinking about getting Professional AJAX as it deals with more PHP and better examples (from what I've read at the local bookstore) for real life application.
To find if this book is right for you, I strongly suggest that you read the book in a local bookstore before you buy it. Even download the source code from book web site and set up to run the examples, which is simple and may take a couple of hours to set up. Or you run those examples online on Internet sites such as [...] (for registered users only. It may take 20 seconds to join).
The first chapter or two were good. If you look for something that can jumpstart you in real projects, see the screenshot of the planet example and how this book spend half of pages to explain it. However, I do understant why the author spend much time on old patterns -- There are many guys out there who were not conviced about Ajax, the author want some buyins. But, Ajax is about making money and state of the art (because speed is the most important issue, not a bulgy design). If those guys don't want make money from ajax, that is their lose. They will miss the next revolution on internet.
John the Builder, [...] (Run Ajax book examples online at [...] It may take 20 seconds to register).
I'm hoping the next book on Prototype will be more of what I need.
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