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Christophe Verré
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To the authors.

If we think about Ajax books, Ajax In Action comes to mind.
What would you say to somebody who has read it to make him read your book too ?
 
Cristian Darie
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Hello Satou,

I must admit I like your question! Why would anyone buy this book, when Ajax in Action is around?

I do agree that Ajax in Action is a great book! I have actually recommended it myself to a few people, and also mentioned in on my Amazon blog at http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AH79D2LOG42RP/.

I guess we are lucky these books complement each other, and are not direct competitors! Here are a few details that can help a potential buyer which book is best for him or her:

- first of all, AJAX and PHP is aimed at beginning and intermediate developers, while (in my opinion) Ajax in Action is better suited for more advanced developers

- AJAX and PHP is perfect for people who enjoy learning by doing. It has a hands-on approach, teaching the theory by guiding you through many small examples in the first chapters, and then implement more complex features in the case study chapters

- AJAX is a server-agnostic technology, so anyone interested in AJAX can benefit from reading the book. However, AJAX and PHP takes special care, and offers more tips and techniques for PHP developers

- AJAX and PHP was also written with the developer upgrading existing websites in mind. Lots of websites could use a little bit of AJAX these days! If you want to add features such as AJAX form validation, suggest&autocomplete, implement better grids, chat, or SVG charts, you�ll find the answers directly in the book

I know this sounds a lot, but the area of applications that you can develop with AJAX is much larger. See the new Yahoo! Mail, for example � that IS complex, isn�t it? Well, if that�s the kind of AJAX application you want to develop, you should probably take a look at Ajax in Action.

Hope this helped!
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Christophe Verré
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Thank you very much for your reply.

To sum up, the book is perfect for beginners in this field who want to get their hands dirty and feel the beauty of Ajax. That sounds like a good point to me It'd nice indeed if both books could complement each other.

One point. By grids, do you mean information taken from a database and displayed to the user ? If there is an example in the book, does it show how to display some database information using multipages ?
 
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Ajax and PHP together, hmm. While a "old hand" at PHP, I'm just starting to study Ajax. So far it looks very interesting.
 
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I think it's my turn to answer your question Satou.

The grid example in our book displays some information from the database to the client having a paging and an in place editing mechanism implemented.

Please feel free to check our online demo:

http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com/ajax/grid/

Bogdan
 
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Bogdan, sent you an email to your gmail account.

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The grid example looks great .
Is this implementation taught in the book ? where can i find source for this .?
 
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This grid looks great !!
 
Cristian Darie
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Ram: Yes, one chapter of the book cover the grid, and you can find the code in the book's code download.

Find quick links to the code download and to many free PDFs related to the book on the book's mini-site at http://ajaxphp.packtpub.com, or on my personal website at http://www.cristiandarie.ro/ajax-php/.

Thanks for your question!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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