Ajax Design Patterns

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Ajax, or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, exploded onto thescene in the spring of 2005 and remains the hottest story among webdevelopers. With its rich combination of technologies, Ajax provides astrong foundation for creating interactive web applications with XML orJSON-based web services by using JavaScript in the browser to processthe web server response.

Ajax Design Patterns shows you bestpractices that can dramatically improve your web development projects.It investigates ...

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Overview

Ajax, or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, exploded onto thescene in the spring of 2005 and remains the hottest story among webdevelopers. With its rich combination of technologies, Ajax provides astrong foundation for creating interactive web applications with XML orJSON-based web services by using JavaScript in the browser to processthe web server response.

Ajax Design Patterns shows you bestpractices that can dramatically improve your web development projects.It investigates how others have successfully dealt with conflictingdesign principles in the past and then relays that informationdirectly to you.

The patterns outlined in the book fall into fourcategories:

  • Foundational technology: Examines the raw technologiesrequired for Ajax development
  • Programming: Exposes techniques that developers havediscovered to ensure their Ajax applications are maintainable
  • Functionality and usability: Describes the types of userinterfaces you'll come across in Ajax applications, as well as the newtypes of functionality that Ajax makes possible
  • Development: Explains the process being used to monitor,debug, and test Ajax applications


Ajax Design Patterns will also get you upto speed with core Ajax technologies, such as XMLHttpRequest, the DOM, and JSON.Technical discussions are followed by code examples so you can see foryourself just what is-and isn't-possible with Ajax. This handyreference will help you to produce high-quality Ajax architectures,streamline web application performance, and improve the userexperience.

Michael Mahemoff holds a PhD in ComputerScience and Software Engineering from the University of Melbourne, where his thesiswas "Design Reuse in Software Engineering and Human-ComputerInteraction." He lives in London and consults on software developmentissues in banking, health care, and logistics.

"Michael Mahemoff's Ajax Design Patternsis a truly comprehensive compendium of webapplication design expertise, centred around but not limited to Ajaxtechniques. Polished nuggets of design wisdom are supportedby tutorials and real-world code examples resulting in a book thatserves not only as an intermediate to expert handbook but also as anextensive reference for building rich interactive web applications."
—Brent Ashley, remote scripting pioneer

With sections on foundational technology patterns, programming patterns, functionality and usability patterns, and diagnosis/testing of Ajax applications, this guide focuses on delivering usability in the face of constraints.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101800
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,351,890
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Mahemoff holds a Ph.D in Computer Science and Software Engineering from The University of Melbourne, where his thesis was on "Design Reuse in Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction". He lives in London and consults on software development issues in banking, healthcare, and logistics.

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Table of Contents

Preface;
Who Should Read This Book?;
Who Should Not Read This Book?;
About the Examples;
Browser Specifics;
Organization of This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Conventions in Code Examples;
Safari® Enabled;
How to Contact Us;
Acknowledgments;
Part I: Introduction;
Chapter 1: Introducing Ajax;
1.1 Ajax and the Usable Web;
1.2 The Rise of Ajax;
1.3 Ajaxifying the Web: The Story of Portals;
1.4 Webifying the Desktop: The Story of Office Applications;
1.5 Characteristics of Ajax Applications;
1.6 The Ajax Technologies;
1.7 Anatomy of a Server Call;
1.8 Ajax Trends;
1.9 Conclusions;
Chapter 2: A Pattern-Led Tutorial;
2.1 Ajax Technologies in a Blink;
2.2 Ajaxifying a Web App: One Pattern at a Time;
2.3 Projects and Katas;
2.4 Conclusions;
Chapter 3: Ajax Design: Principles and Patterns;
3.1 Desirable Attributes of Ajax Applications;
3.2 Designing for Ajax;
3.3 Ajax Patterns Overview;
3.4 Anatomy of a Pattern;
3.5 Ajax Patterns Demos;
3.6 Conclusions;
Part II: Foundational Technology Patterns;
Chapter 4: Ajax App;
4.1 Ajax App;
Chapter 5: Display Manipulation;
5.1 Display Morphing;
5.2 Page Rearrangement;
Chapter 6: Web Remoting;
6.1 Web Service;
6.2 XMLHttpRequest Call;
6.3 IFrame Call;
6.4 HTTP Streaming;
6.5 On-Demand JavaScript;
Chapter 7: Dynamic Behavior;
7.1 User Action;
7.2 Scheduling;
Chapter 8: Extended Technologies;
8.1 Richer Plugin;
Part III: Programming Patterns;
Chapter 9: Web Services;
9.1 RESTful Service;
9.2 RPC Service;
9.3 Ajax Stub;
9.4 HTML Message;
9.5 Plain-Text Message;
9.6 XML Message;
9.7 JSON Message;
Chapter 10: Browser-Server Dialogue;
10.1 Call Tracking;
10.2 Periodic Refresh;
10.3 Submission Throttling;
10.4 Explicit Submission;
10.5 Distributed Events;
10.6 Cross-Domain Proxy;
Chapter 11: DOM Population;
11.1 XML Data Island;
11.2 Browser-Side XSLT;
11.3 Browser-Side Templating;
Chapter 12: Code Generation and Reuse;
12.1 Server-Side Code Generation;
12.2 Cross-Browser Component;
Chapter 13: Performance Optimization;
13.1 Browser-Side Cache;
13.2 Predictive Fetch;
13.3 Guesstimate;
13.4 Multi-Stage Download;
13.5 Fat Client;
Part IV: Functionality and Usability Patterns;
Chapter 14: Widgets;
14.1 Slider;
14.2 Progress Indicator;
14.3 Drilldown;
14.4 Data Grid;
14.5 Rich Text Editor;
14.6 Suggestion;
14.7 Live Search;
14.8 Live Command-Line;
14.9 Live Form;
Chapter 15: Page Architecture;
15.1 Drag-And-Drop;
15.2 Sprite;
15.3 Popup;
15.4 Malleable Content;
15.5 Microlink;
15.6 Portlet;
15.7 Status Area;
15.8 Update Control;
15.9 Virtual Workspace;
Chapter 16: Visual Effects;
16.1 One-Second Spotlight;
16.2 One-Second Mutation;
16.3 One-Second Motion;
16.4 Highlight;
Chapter 17: Functionality;
17.1 Lazy Registration;
17.2 Direct Login;
17.3 Host-Proof Hosting;
17.4 Timeout;
17.5 Heartbeat;
17.6 Unique URLs;
Part V: Development Patterns;
Chapter 18: Diagnosis;
18.1 Logging;
18.2 Debugging;
18.3 DOM Inspection;
18.4 Traffic Sniffing;
Chapter 19: Testing;
19.1 Simulation Service;
19.2 Browser-Side Test;
19.3 Service Test;
19.4 System Test;
Part VI: Appendixes;
Ajax Frameworks and Libraries;
A.1 JavaScript Multipurpose Frameworks;
A.2 JavaScript Remoting Frameworks;
A.3 JavaScript Effects Frameworks;
A.4 JavaScript Flash Frameworks;
A.5 JavaScript XML Frameworks;
A.6 JavaScript Specialized Frameworks;
A.7 Multilanguage Ajax Frameworks;
A.8 C++ Ajax Frameworks;
A.9 ColdFusion Ajax Frameworks;
A.10 .NET Ajax Frameworks;
A.11 Java Ajax Frameworks;
A.12 Lisp Ajax Frameworks;
A.13 Perl Ajax Frameworks;
A.14 PHP Ajax Frameworks;
A.15 Python Ajax Frameworks;
A.16 Ruby Ajax Frameworks;
Setting Up the Code Examples;
Patterns and Pattern Languages;
References;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    Don't go without this book if you're doing Web 2.0 work

    Michael has quickly staked his claim as a major driving force in the world of software design, most notably in the vein of AJAX development, and his outstanding work on 'AJAX Design Patterns' is certainly testament to that. Despite the book's title implying a heavy lean towards application development via asynchronous remote scripting, it's actually is more accurate in its subtitle, being applicable towards the trendier Web 2.0 movement (but given the mixed reactions to Web 2.0, I can see how such might want to be played down.) The book's organization is logically laid out, providing a historical and academic profile of the technological foundations that gave rise to modern-day asynchronous programming. Michael then leads into the actual patterns, being grouped by function. Probably the most relevant to web developers are those related to into the various forms of web remoting, DOM manipulation, and next-gen visualization (i.e., drag-and-drop effects) while programming patterns geared for performance enhancement and code generation will whet the appetites of even the most advanced coders. (Among my favorite patterns are those dealing with HTTP streaming (a field of which Michael's a pioneer), on-demand JavaScript, and content refreshing.) If, for no other reason, you buy this book it should be for any developer considering themselves to be cutting-edge should buy this book for the section on Chapter 9 on REST applications development. This in my opinion is the most well-rounded discussion of what RESTful production is(n't), and how to incorporate such architecture into your own web projects. Being a .NET developer, that platform's framework serves to both abstract my kind away from having to directly deal with such concepts, or Microsoft blatantly neglects to mention it at all. After scouring the Web for months looking for good content on REST, Michael lays it all out in easy to understand lingo and examples. I'm having the REST chapter photocopied and bronzed for my desk. It's that good. The one thing I didn't dig too much about the book is its exclusive lean towards PHP for examples where server-side logic was needed. While other platforms like J2EE, .NET, Ruby on Rails and Cold Fusion are keenly cited for their contributions and capabilities, the vast majority of the code is in PHP. But this is just a personal quirk¿I'm obviously not big on PHP. But that minor preference aside, I've followed this book's development since its days as a wiki. It's an invaluable resource as your online development begins to get more complex in a demanding world expecting web apps with rich UIs and multifaceted formats (e.g., JSON, SOAP, XML, et al.). I find it to serve equally well as programmer's reference and architecture guide. I rarely rate any books a perfect score, but this certainly is deserving of such a nod. This is truly a masterpiece, and one that no developer doing Web 2.0 work should be without.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    CLEANING UP WITH AJAX DESIGN PATTERNS!!

    Are you a developer, designer and manager who wants to know how Ajax is being used in the real world? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Michael Mahemoff, has done an outstanding job of writing a 2nd edition of a book that shows you what¿s possible and what¿s not with Ajax, and how Ajax is being used in the real world. Michael, begins with a prelude to the patterns. Then, the author outlines the building blocks at the heart of any Ajax application. Next, he focuses on the technical qualities of software, in particular maintainability, robustness, and performance. The author also focuses on the usability of Ajax applications. Finally, he discusses why development patterns are not things in the same sense as the patterns in previous patterns, but processes you can use to aid development. Because of the reference-like nature of the patterns, this most excellent book is accessible to people from different backgrounds. More importantly, this book doesn¿t assume you know any particular server-side environment.

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