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Developing Web Widget with HTML, CSS, JSON and AJAX: A Complete Guide to Web Widget Paperback – March 11, 2010
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I really like the book and I got a lot out of it. I found the book so good that despite the drawbacks listed below I rate the book 4 stars. This should really be a 5 star book. Unlike other reviewers I didn't find the beginning to be "full of buzzwords". I found it to be a nice, slow and steady introduction to the development of widgets. I thought the Security chapter was especially useful and I liked the appendix "Understanding the Business Model of Web Widget" and the chapter on developing widgets for Facebook. I found them to be quite thought-provoking. They provide a good overview and discussion on the topics.
After reading this book I feel like I wouldn't have any trouble developing widgets of any sort; and that's what it's all about; just what I was looking for.
While reading this book I was in contact with the author several times and I find that to be a nice benefit. He was helpful and responsive.
Apparently the first edition of this book was riddled with typos and grammar errors. I'm reviewing the "fully revised and updated" 2nd edition of this book. Despite being fully revised and updated, I find the second edition also has plenty of typos and grammar errors. Unfortunately there are plenty of places where the errors make the book hard to understand. It took me 10 seconds to find an example of what I'm talking about. Here's the exact line:
This secures our server side for display data; let's see the update data part
Not only do I expect something like a colon at the end of that sentence, I expect to see the update data part. Instead I see a new section titled "Rating Value".
I went to the support site for the book and was unable to find the source code to download despite a diligent look.Read more ›
In my research I ran across this book, though I decided to not buy it initially; betting I could find everything I needed on the web. Unfortunately after trying for a couple of weeks, there were a few nit picky details I just couldn't figure out, so I bought this book.
Before I was half way through the book, I was able to have a beta of the web widget my company wanted.
Like other's have said, there are some glaring edit problems in the book. The first one that slams you in the face is the chapter index at the start of the book. *shakes head* Others are in code samples where, a single line in the middle of the code region just doesn't line up.
Though errors like these suggest that the book was just thrown together, the knowledge contained within is accurate and helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far this seems like a good book to get started on learning how to develop web widgets. I went through the Hello World project in the free chapter 5 and learned quite a bit just... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Jeff Engley
I have tried the code in the Free Chapter (5) but I can't get it to work. I want to read the whole book to see if it is worth recommending to students. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by O'Maoldomhnaigh
If you are thinking of starting widget development, this is your book. Wealth of information. Author has done good job explaining widgets, their role and their place in the web.Published on March 24, 2013 by Sil
We were just thrown into the world of WebParts and this book has been a great help. It is very well written and contains lots of code and examples (which I particularly... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Chris Pratt
I've just read one chapter online, and could follow it easily. I did find a couple of errors, but those were more due to HTML formatting on the page than actual errors. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by fpeer
For some reason there aren't many books on widgets and it can be difficult to peice together everything you need to know from other sources. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Rick
If this book was supposed to be revised as of Feb 2012 then why do they still reference Windows Vista? They talk about the iPhone like it is still in development. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by Jaffe
After learning the basics of web design I wanted to expand my knowledge of widgets and take advantage of their versatility. This book met and exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Pride D. Grimm Jr.