From the Author, Cristian Darie
"AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications is mainly a book for beginners, but when designing its contents we tried to find the ideal blend of topics that would help both novice and experienced web developers make a big step forward. One customer was very kind to let us know, through a review, that we succeeded:
Here are a few examples of such "useful and fun" things that you can find in this book:
The book's authors and the publisher are listening to your feedback, and appreciate when you invest some time to let them know what you think. The first result of this collaboration is an updated version of the AJAX Chat case study that uses (and teaches) JSON instead of XML. Find this new chapter in the code download or on my website.What you will learn from this book
Chapter 1: AJAX and The Future Of Web Applications is an initial incursion into the world of AJAX and the vast possibilities it opens up for web developers and companies, to offer a better experience to their users. In this chapter you?ll also build your first AJAX-enabled web page, which will give you a first look of the component technologies. You can read this chapter in full, for free, here: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/1825_01_Final.pdf
View AJAX and the Future of Web Applications Demo: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/quickstart/
Chapter 3: Server-Side Techniques with PHP and MySQL completes the theory foundation by presenting how to create smart servers to interact with your AJAX client. You?ll learn various techniques for implementing common tasks, including handling security and error handling problems.
Chapter 4: AJAX Form Validation guides you through creating a responsive, modern form with real-time validation based on server data. View AJAX Form Validation Demo: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/validate/
Chapter 5: AJAX Chat presents a simple online chat that works exclusively using AJAX code, without Java applets, Flash code, or other specialized library, as most chat applications work these days. Chapter 5 has now been updated to cover JSON. You can read the chapter in full, for free, here: www.PacktPub.com/files/Ajax_Chat_and_JSON.pdf [PDF - 1 MB]
View AJAX Chat Demo: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/chat/
Chapter 6: AJAX Suggest and Autocomplete builds a Google-suggest like feature, that helps you find PHP functions, and forward you to the official help page for the chosen function. View AJAX Suggest and Autocomplete demo: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/suggest/
Chapter 7: SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a text-based graphics language that can be used to draw shapes and text. (SVG is supported natively by Firefox 1.5, and requires a SVG plugin with other browsers). In this case study you learn how to implement a realtime charting solution with AJAX and SVG. View SVG Demo here: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/svg_chart/
Chapter 8: AJAX Grid teaches you how to build powerful updatable data grid. You?ll learn how to parse XML documents using XSLT to generate the looks of your grid. View AJAX Grid Demo here: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/grid/
Chapter 9: AJAX RSS Reader uses the SimpleXML PHP library, XML and XSLT, to build a simple RSS aggregator. View AJAX RSS Reader Demo here: http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/rss_reader/
Chapter 10: AJAX Drag and Drop is a demonstration of using the script.aculo.us framework to build a simple list of elements with drag&drop functionality.
Appendix A: Configuring Your Working Environment teaches you how to install and configure the required software: Apache, PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin.
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