Ajax: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Rich Internet Applications

Ajax: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Rich Internet Applications

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by Steve Holzner
     
 

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional-level computer topics. Open the book and you'll discover step-by-step screen shots that demonstrate over 150 key Ajax techniques, including:
* Downloading data from behind the scenes
* Enabling real-time live searches
* Playing games that use Ajax
* Populating pop-up

Overview

Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional-level computer topics. Open the book and you'll discover step-by-step screen shots that demonstrate over 150 key Ajax techniques, including:
* Downloading data from behind the scenes
* Enabling real-time live searches
* Playing games that use Ajax
* Populating pop-up menus
* Accessing Web pages from JavaScript
* Handling menus, colors, and backgrounds
* Creating interactive mouseovers
* Updating shopping carts
* Installing Ajax frameworks
* Validating XML from the server
* Enabling auto-completion of typed terms
* Downloading images behind the scenes

"I just purchased my third Visual book (my first two are dog-eared now!) and, once again, your product has surpassed my expectations. Keep up the wonderful work!"
-Tracey Moore (Memphis, TN)
* High-resolution screen shots demonstrate each task
* Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
* Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
* "Apply It" and "Extra" sidebars highlight useful tips

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Seems like every web developer wants to learn Ajax these days. No wonder: Ajax lets you finally create web applications that look and work as well as desktop applications. With the world coming to Ajax, there's a premium on learning it fast. For many people, the best way to learn something fast is to learn it visually. Those are the folks Ajax: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Rich Internet Applications was created for.

You may have seen other books in the Your Visual Blueprint series -- on PHP and JavaScript, for instance. If so, you know they offer distilled, step-by-step instructions for each key task, with plenty of screen captures showing what to do, and what happens when you do it. The accompanying narrative -- here written by Steven Holzner, one of the world's most respected and prolific programming authors -- is exceptionally focused and useful.

Holzner shows what makes Ajax so valuable by introducing you to some of the Web's best Ajax applications. Next, you'll dive right into creating Ajax using JavaScript (a language he's been writing about for over a decade). Holzner next turns to the second major component of Ajax, XMLHttpRequest (he's also written one of the industry's best books on XML. Beginning to see a pattern here?)

You'll learn to do increasingly sophisticated things with Ajax: creating server-side mouseovers, using Google Suggest to implement live search, validating data, safely calling different domains. Holzner then introduces a series of third-party tools and frameworks that make Ajax development more efficient, including AJAXLib, XHConn, SACK, Sarissa, RICO, SAJAX, Xajax, and LibAjax.

There's plenty more (a full chapter on using CSS with Ajax is especially worth mentioning). All of it visual, practical, and intensely useful. Bill Camarda, from the September 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470043066
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Series:
Visual Blueprint Series, #5
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
7.33(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Holzner Ph.D. (Ithaca, New York) is the author of 100 technology books, including bestsellers such as Ajax for Dummies and Inside JavaScript. His books have been translated into 18 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. He specializes in writing about online applications, and has authored popular books on the components of Ajax including JavaScript, XML, browser objects, and Web services. He teaches classes to programmers around the country on the central skill in Ajax, using XML online and in-depth. He has been a contributing editor to PC Magazine, and was on the faculty at Cornell University and MIT.

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Ajax: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Rich Internet Applications 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The poster before this must have been a complete idiot. I had no problem understanding. The included site url you can download all of the source code used in the book. A++++
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for a book that would teach Ajax, and would address getting and postinfo to a database. The book lacks details and is a disappointment. I give two stars only because it might be handy one day and has some good ideas. Just don't buy it if you're wanting to learn Ajax.