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Build Your Own AJAX Web Applications

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AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a new approach for developing web applications. It essentially permits users to interact with a Webpage without forcing a slow & tedious reload of the entire page after every action. This means web applications become more responsive, easier to use, and more intuitive.Build Your Own Ajax Web Applications uses a step-by-step tutorial format that's so easy to follow, you'll be able to build ...

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Overview

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a new approach for developing web applications. It essentially permits users to interact with a Webpage without forcing a slow & tedious reload of the entire page after every action. This means web applications become more responsive, easier to use, and more intuitive.Build Your Own Ajax Web Applications uses a step-by-step tutorial format that's so easy to follow, you'll be able to build sophisticated and intuitive Ajax web interfaces in no time!

Read this book, and you'll:

  • Get an overview of the basic technologies you'll need to use to build Ajax applications.
  • Understand the XMLHttpRequest object, the core of Ajax applications.
  • Build a cross-browser XMLHttpRequest wrapper that you can use in all of your Ajax projects.
  • Build an Ajax application monitor that works in real time.
  • Learn how to use Ajax without breaking older browsers or causing accessibility issues.
  • Get your Ajax application working with screen readers.
  • Use dynamic animations to improve usability.
  • Build edit-in-place functionality.
  • Create an Ajax search application that pulls data from Amazon, del.icio.us, and Google.
  • Fix the "Back button" problem.
  • Use JSON, YAML, and XML to communicate with the server.
  • Build an Ajax drag 'n' drop chess game.
  • And a whole lot more!

Throughout the text, the author stresses usability, accessibility, and graceful degradation for older, less-capable web browsers.

This practical hands-on guide for first-time AJAX users will take readers through building multiple AJAX applications, with each application highlighting a different strength and use. Throughout the text, the author stresses usability, accessibility, and graceful degradation for older, less-capable Web browsers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975841945
  • Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Eernisse is a web developer who works primarily with JavaScript and Ruby. He has extensive experience building Ajax-based apps, and is the author of Build Your Own Ajax Web Applications.

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Table of Contents

1 AJAX : the overview 1
2 Basic XMLHttpRequest 13
3 The "A" in AJAX 41
4 AJAX and POST requests 85
5 Broader AJAX with edit-in-place 129
6 Web service and slide-and-hide 167
7 More Web service and a back button 199
8 Drag and drop with AJAX chess 243
A AJAX toolkits 283
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