Head Rush Ajax

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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.

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Overview

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

Taking the reader beyond basic Web development with DHTML and JavaScript, "Head Rush Ajax" explains how asynchronous data requests and powerful event models can be used in the Ajax methodology. Written by a team of award-winning authors, the book includes hands-on activities and interactive content.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596102258
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    HEAD RUSH AJAX--APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE BRAIN!! HEAD RUSH AJAX--APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE BRAIN!! ...

    Do you want to learn , understand, and remember Ajax, with a goal of developing more responsive web applications. If you do, then this book is for you. Author Brett McLaughlin, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that in no time will allow you to write JavaScript code that fires off asynchronous requests to web servers. McLaughlin, begins with an overview of how to use Ajax. Then, the author shows you how to send requests on different browsers, master ready states and status codes, and even pick up a few extra dynamic HTML tricks along the way. Next, he shows you how to send your users¿ requests to a server, and let your users keep on working while they¿re waiting on a response. The author continues by taking you on a stroll through the Webville Tree Farm. He also shows you how to write a nifty DOM-based application. Then, he shows you how to post data. Next, the author delves into a discussion about XML. Finally, he provides an extensive overview of XML and JSON. This most excellent book is designed to show you how to learn Ajax and asynchronous programming the right way. More importantly, this book provides a visually rich format that is designed for the way your brain works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Not your typical technical book

    I've listened to several talks on Ajax, read a few articles, and even put together some sites that use it. I decided to read Head Rush Ajax by Brett McLaughlin with the hope that it would deepen my Ajax skills and help me get into more advanced uses of it. Before I get in to my personal opinion of this book, let me tell you a little about it. First, check out the table of contents: 1 Using Ajax: web applications for a new generation 2 Speaking the Language: making ajax requests Interlude 3 She Blinded Me with Asynchrony: asynchronous apps 4 Web Page Forestry: the document object model 4.5 A Second Helping: devloping dom applications 5 Saying More with POST: post requests Interlude 6 More Than Words Can Say: xml requests and responses 7 A Fight to the Finish: json versus xml Appendix 1: A Few Special Bonus Gifts: extras Appendix 2: 'All I Want Is the Code': ajax and dom utilities Focusing on the content for a moment, if you're a total HTML newb, you might want to focus on honing those skills before reading this book. And, if you're already a kick-butt web developer looking for an Ajax reference manual, this isn't it. However, if you're somewhere in the middle you should read on. If you are comfortable with HTML and have at least minimal Javascript and DHTML experience this might be a great first step into Ajax. The author starts at the very beginning of the Ajax story and does a great job explaining what the various technologies are that make Ajax work. He uses a few different (comical but effective) example applications to teach the topics. You'll create apps like a snowboard sales report, a pizza ordering site, a top-5 CDs site. They're good examples because they're simple enough to just get the points across without losing you in the details. The book is not dependent on any particular server technology. It would be applicable for developers using asp, Java, php, etc. Toward the end of the book, there is a comparison of JSON and XML. Finally, in an appendix, there is a nice collection of various Ajax and web-related toolkits. Now, a word about the overall style or approach of this book. You can see from the table of contents, the Head Rush style comes with a little attitude and more than a few corny jokes. This was my first Head Rush book and I must say the look and feel is a big departure from your typical technical book. There are LOTs of different fonts and graphics. The text is very conversational and easy to read. The style of the book makes for an enjoyable read and it does good job getting the entry-level developer into Ajax. Their goal is to keep you engaged to improve your retention. They hammer home the basics through repetition and varying methods of presentation. So, what did I think? We'll, given that I am an experienced developer already somewhat familiar with Ajax, this book didn't go deep enough for me. But, while the content of the book was a little more basic than I had hoped, I did enjoy reading it. I found it easy to concentrate on even in a distracting environment. That's more than can be said for some more traditional technical books. The Head Rush style won't appeal to everyone so I highly recommend taking a look at the sample chapter posted on the O'Reilly site before investing. If you are completely new to Ajax and the style of the sample chapter appeals to you, I would highly recommend the book. Just keep in mind that, once you finish this book, you may want a second, more technical Ajax book to further deepen your skills.

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