If you’re an experienced programmer who wants to do serious work with Ajax, Professional Ajax was written for you.
Wrox’s authors start with a fast-paced summary of what Ajax can do, the elements of an Ajax solution, and what makes a good Ajax application (for example: minimum server traffic, familiar user interaction, broad accessibility).
Before you dive too far into coding, they introduce several emerging patterns for effective Ajax development: communication control patterns such as “Submission Throttling,” and “fallback” patterns for dealing with server errors and failed client requests.
You’re now ready to see how far Ajax can take you. You’ll build, integrate, and test a web-based Ajax RSS reader: client-side and server-side components, and the links between them. You’ll learn how to use Ajax with web services. There’s a full chapter on using JSON, a lightweight data interchange format that many folks prefer to XML (and is now supported by many Yahoo! APIs). You’ll create four small “web widgets,” and then construct a larger mail application, from architecture to user interface.
Professional Ajax thoroughly illuminates both client and server issues, using server-side examples ranging from PHP to .NET. It even offers a taste of three promising Ajax frameworks: JPSpan, DWR, and Ajax.NET. By the time you’re done, you’ll know how to take Ajax to the limit. Bill Camarda, from the April 2006 Read Only