Head Rush Ajax

Head Rush Ajax

by Brett McLaughlin, Elisabeth A. Freeman, Eric Freeman, O'Reilly Media
     
 

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Sick of creating web sites that reload every time a user moves the mouse? Tired of servers that wait around to respond to users' requests for movie tickets? It sounds like you need a little (or maybe a lot of) Ajax in your life. Asynchronous programming lets you turn your own web sites into smooth, slick, responsive applications that make your users feel like

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Sick of creating web sites that reload every time a user moves the mouse? Tired of servers that wait around to respond to users' requests for movie tickets? It sounds like you need a little (or maybe a lot of) Ajax in your life. Asynchronous programming lets you turn your own web sites into smooth, slick, responsive applications that make your users feel like they're back on the information superhighway, not stuck on a dial-up backroad.

But who wants to take on next-generation web programming with the last generation's instruction book? You need a learning experience that's as compelling and cutting-edge as the sites you want to design. That's where we come in. With Head Rush Ajax, in no time you'll be writing JavaScript code that fires off asynchronous requests to web servers...and having fun doing it. By the time you've taken your dynamic HTML, XML, JSON,and DOM skills up a few notches, you'll have solved tons of puzzles, figured out how well snowboards sell in Vail, and even watched a boxing match. Sound interesting? Then what are you waiting for? Pick up Head Rush Ajax and learn Ajax and asynchronous programming the right way—the way that sticks.

If you've ever read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. Head Rush ramps up the intensity with an even faster look and feel. Have your first working app before you finish Chapter 1, meet up with the nefarious PROJECT: CHAOS stealth team, and even settle the question of the Top 5 Blues CDs of all time. Leave boring, clunky web sites behind with 8-tracks and hot pants—and get going with next-generation web programming.

"If you thought Ajax was rocket science, this book is for you. Head Rush Ajax puts dynamic, compelling experiences within reach for every web developer."— Jesse James Garrett, Adaptive Path

"A 'technology-meets-reality' book for web pioneers on the cutting edge."— Valentin Crettaz, CTO, Condris Technologies

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Ajax is shaping up as huge. You want to learn it. No, you have to learn it. But you don’t have to suffer along the way. With Head Rush Ajax, mastering Ajax will be a flat-out pleasure.

The latest iteration of O’Reilly’s Head First series, this book does everything books like Head First Design Patterns do so brilliantly. It uses every conceivable visual, textual, and emotional trick to help you understand: cartoons, puzzles, “chats,” annotated code, before-and-after diagrams, challenges, humor that’s actually funny, whatever it takes. (Even a psychiatric session where the patient’s a web server.)

You’ll cover plenty of ground, fast: from making the most of DOM to using POST to send more data to servers to protecting JavaScript against SQL injection attacks. By the time you’re done, you won’t just be building basic Ajax apps: You’ll be at the cutting edge. Bill Camarda, from the June 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596102258
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Brett McLaughlin has become one of the most well-known authors and programmers in the Java and XML communities. He's worked for Nextel Communications, implementing complex enterprise systems, at Lutris Technologies, actually writing application servers, and most recently at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he continues to write and edit books that matter. His most recent book, "Java 5.0 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook", was the first book available on the newest version of Java, and his classic Java and XML remains one of the definitive works on using XML technologies in Java.

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