Suddenly, hundreds of enterprises are doing serious work with Ajax. Now, Kris Hadlock has written a web application developer's guide to Ajax that reflects all this experience.
You may have seen Hadlock's cover story on Ajax in .NET magazine. That was just a taste. In this book, he offers a comprehensive Ajax tutorial built around the construction of a full-fledged application from start to finish
You'll start by plumbing the inner workings of the XMLHttpRequest object that's central to the way Ajax works. Hadlock then turns to the response, introducing two specific data-interchange formats in which it can be received: XML and JSON. Part I concludes with a primer on displaying data with CSS and (X)HTML.
Next, Hadlock codifies a series of best-practice design patterns for Ajax development. If you're familiar with patterns, some of their names will sound familiar: singleton and observer, for example. There's a full chapter on using Model View Controller with Ajax; as well as chapters on patterns for multi-user applications, interaction, and usability. There's a full section on server-side database interaction -- and, as you might hope, a chapter on security, too. Now that Ajax is no longer a toy, this book will help you build the industrial-strength applications your clients now demand. Bill Camarda, from the December 2006 Read Only