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'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