Ajax Hacks: Tips & Tools for Creating Responsive Web Sites [NOOK Book]

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Ajax, the popular term for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is one of the most important combinations of technologies for web developers to know these days. With its rich grouping of technologies, Ajax developers can create interactive web applications with XML-based web services, using JavaScript in the browser to process the web server response.


Taking complete advantage of Ajax, however, requires something more than your typical "how-to" ...

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Ajax Hacks: Tips & Tools for Creating Responsive Web Sites

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Overview

Ajax, the popular term for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is one of the most important combinations of technologies for web developers to know these days. With its rich grouping of technologies, Ajax developers can create interactive web applications with XML-based web services, using JavaScript in the browser to process the web server response.


Taking complete advantage of Ajax, however, requires something more than your typical "how-to" book. What it calls for is Ajax Hacks from O'Reilly. This valuable guide provides direct, hands-on solutions that take the mystery out of Ajax's many capabilities. Each hack represents a clever way to accomplish a specific task, saving you countless hours of searching for the right answer.


A smart collection of 80 insider tips and tricks, Ajax Hacks covers all of the technology's finer points. Want to build next-generation web applications today? This book can show you how. Among the multitude of topics addressed, it shows you techniques for:


  • Using Ajax with Google Maps and Yahoo Maps
  • Displaying Weather.com data
  • Scraping stock quotes
  • Fetching postal codes
  • Building web forms with auto-complete functionality

Ajax Hacks also features a number of advanced hacks for accelerated web developers. Discover how to create huge, maintainable bookmarklets, how to use client-side storage for Ajax applications, and how to call a built-in Java object from JavaScript using Ajax. The book even addresses best practices for testing Ajax applications and improving maintenance, performance, and reliability for JavaScript code.


The latest in O"Reilly's celebrated Hacks series, Ajax Hacks smartly complements other O'Reilly titles such as Head Rush Ajax and JavaScript: The Definitive Guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596553593
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Series: Hacks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce Perry is an independent Java software developer and writer. Since 1996, he has developed web applications and databases for various nonprofits, design and marketing firms, and ad agencies. When not hacking or writing, he loves cycling and climbing mountains in the U.S. and Switzerland. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife Stacy LeBaron, daughter Rachel, and son Scott.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ajax basics 1
Ch. 2 Web forms 58
Ch. 3 Validation 126
Ch. 4 Power hacks for Web developers 158
Ch. 5 Direct Web remoting (DWR) for Java jocks 234
Ch. 6 Hack Ajax with the prototype and Rico libraries 260
Ch. 7 Work with Ajax and Ruby on Rails 285
Ch. 8 Savor the script.aculo.us JavaScript library 317
Ch. 9 Options and efficiencies 334
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2006

    CLEANING UP WITH AJAX!!

    Do you want to add extra interactivity to your web site? If you do, then this book is for you! Author Bruce Perry, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that collects not only dozens of easy-to-grasp, cutting-edge explorations of Ajax technology, such as Google/Yahoo! mapping mash-ups, drag-and-drop bookstores, and single-page web services apps, but a large number of hacks that represent practical advice for Ajax developers. Perry, begins with a synopsis of the group of well-known technologies that make up Ajax. Then, the author shows how typical it is now to submit form data and to build form widgets such as select lists and checkbox groups using server data fetched in the background with XMLHttpRequest. Next, the author discusses how Ajax applications can cut down on server hits by validating the format of e-mail addresses, credit card numbers, zip codes, and other types of data that users enter into web forms before sending the data. The author then covers a mash-up of Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, and Yahoo! driving directions, as well as a software interaction involving Yahoo! Maps and a location-to-URL service called GeoURL. The author continues by discussing Ajax as it relates to developers who are immersed in both Java and JavaScript. He also discusses how to use Prototype, a cool open source JavaScript library that includes its own Ajax tools. Next, the author shows you how to get up and running with RoR and then, moves on to several hacks that illustrate RoR¿s Ajax tools. Then, he covers script.aculo.us, which is another opensource JavaScript library built on Prototype. Finally, the author provides several tips for real-world Ajax developers. This most excellent book introduces JavaScript newbies and aficionados alike to useful code libraries, including Prototype, Rico, and script.aculo.us. More importantly, web developers can adapt a number of this book¿s hacks, some of which are distributed as open source libraries, for their own applications.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    Great introduction to Ajax

    Ajax is wicked cool. If you¿re not sure what it is, it stands for Asynchronous Javascript And Xml, and allows you to pull data from a webserver, and refresh part of your web page without implementing a full post-back. An excellent example of an Ajax website is Google maps. This book does an impressive job of showing the basics of ajax as well as providing a bunch of recipes for adding ajax functionality to your websites. The books contains 80 different ajax hacks, which cover everything from working with web forms, to web form validation, to running a search engine inside your browser. The book also contains some great information on DWR (Direct Web Remoting) and Ruby on Rails. I found many of the hacks very interesting and very applicable to what I need to do in my day-to-day work. The author is very clear in his examples and engaging in his writing. This is a very interesting book to read and is an excellent introduction to ajax. I would highly recommend it to web developers interested in learning more about this exciting technology.

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