Ajax Books

AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML - some books and resource links These books and resources will help you stay on top of AJAX happenings Up until now there have been few books on DHTML and only 2-3 that cover AJAX.

Ajax Books


AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML - some books and resource links  These books and resources will help you stay on top of AJAX happenings Up until now there have been few books on DHTML and only 2-3 that cover AJAX. But that will change dramatically.  This will be an improvement over the Web because the otherwise excellent Web resources concntrate on specific AJAX methods  and really do not spend time on the background technologies of AJAX. What gets overlooked is the details of DHTML's DOM and CSS conections. That is why we are featuring Design using JavaScript  just below. Meanwhile here is a summary of what will hit the beaches: Ajax for Dummies by Steve Holzner, For Dummies Series with CD, Ajax Patterns and Best Practices by Christian Goss, Apress Books Ajax Programming with Java by Paul Deck, Brainy Software Head Rush AJAX by Brett McLaughlin, and Eric and Liz Freeman,  this should be interesting as Brett has several Java+XML books under his belt and the Freemans are responsible for the excellent Head First series. Pragmatic Ajax by Justin Gehtland et alia, Pragmatic Bookshelf Professional AJAX by Nicholas Zakas et alia, Wrox Press .

Best Not-an-Ajax Book by Title 
If you want the real thing right now let me recommend the following book - Modern Web Design Using JavaScript and DOM by Stuart Langridge from SitePoint for $US40. What ? No AJAX in the title ? Well, there is a blurb in the upper left corner that promises the book "covers remote scripting/AJAX". And indeed it does that and much more - it puts the AJAX phenomenon in the context of its roots - DHTML. It also looks at a range of Java Scripting alternates to pure AJAX which makes the technology more productive.

The first 4 chapters do a quick review of JavaScript, DOM, and XML coding. These refresher chapters amply convey the nature of the AJAX beast. In order to get extraordinary improvements in Web page speed and overall simplicity of the total client+server package (your total lines of code, client and server side both, should drop off notably with AJAX over ASP, PHP, JSP, etc.) - the coding on the client does become more complicated. As the author says at the outset - AJAX "is a set of Web development techniques that are mostly used in Web pages that have non-trivial input features".

The next 3 chapters show how much can be done on the client without any page refreshes required. This is the best part of the book because it has fewer server side dependencies. AJAX has the problem that all Web-based frameworks - they don't support offline operation nearly at all. But many Web applications are really "offline + online" applications. This book shows some ways the umbilical back to the server can be cut and then reconnected, for online and some offline operations.

Foundations of Ajax Books
Ajax burst onto the Web development scene by offering highly interactive, desktop-like Web applications that can be deployed through any modern Web browser without the need for special plug-ins. Ajax is built on existing Web technologies such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, and it is used in conjunction with your favorite server-side language. Foundations of Ajax explains how to combine these technologies effectively to implement Ajax into your new or existing Web applications. Like you, we are developers who are "in the trenches," tasked with building Web-enabled applications that provide real value to our customers. As the Web continues to grow, the demand for more expressive and engaging interfaces will continue to increase.

Much of the early hype surrounding Ajax centered on its use by Internet powerhouses such as Google and Amazon. However, just because the initial forays into Ajax were pioneered by leading software development firms doesn't mean your application wouldn't also benefit from these techniques. You already know how to develop Web applications, so this book uses specific, focused examples to teach the Ajax tools and techniques you'll need to bring your applications to life. Armed with this book and your existing development expertise, you too will be able to apply Ajax techniques to your application to enrich the end user's experience.

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Professional Ajax Books
Professional Ajax discusses the range of request brokers (including the hidden frame technique, iframes, and XMLHttp) and explains when one should be used over another. You will also learn different Ajax techniques and patterns for executing client-server communication on your web site and in web applications. By the end of the book, you will have gained the practical knowledge necessary to implement your own Ajax solutions. In addition to a full chapter case study showing how to combine the book's Ajax techniques into an AjaxMail application, Professional Ajax uses many other examples to build hands-on Ajax experience. Some of the other examples include:
* web site widgets for a news ticker, weather information, web search, and site search
* preloading pages in online articles
* incremental form validation
* using Google Web APIs in Ajax
* creating an autosuggest text box 

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Book Review - Ajax Patterns and Best Practices
Christian Gross? Ajax Patterns and Best Practices is a quality book for the intermediate to advanced ajax programmer who is looking to expand their skills. This is definitely not a beginner?s introduction to ajax, as once you get past the first three chapters or so Gross dives into some heavy duty patterns for difficult problems in ajax. The book suffers from a lack of editing and a few curious technical remarks, but overall it does a good job of covering ajax patterns and practices. Gross is obviously a fan of REST and XML, so your views on this book might depend upon how much you agree with his technical choices. Chapters one and two cover the basics of the XHR object and using the factory pattern to abstract away browser differences for the object. Chapter three covers ?Content Chunking?, Gross? term for what he admits is core to ajax - an event leading to an asynchronous request with then responds with some sort of content to inject back into the document. you see for detail information-http://ajaxian.com/by/topic/books/