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Hi Kris,

I'm new to AJAX but am using the Dojo toolkit to do what I need right now. It's really very simple to use a toolkit and write event handlers and callback functions in this way. Of course, using the toolkit enables me to use this technology without fully understanding it.

I see all of these books out now about AJAX, advanced concepts, patterns etc... and I figure I must be missing some very big concepts because so far I've been able to use the toolkit for everything I need. In other words, what will I be able to do after reading your book that I can't do now with a toolkit? Can you tell me the major concepts that are covered and where toolkits fit into the big picture? Will I simply be learning how Dojo is doing what it does or will I be able to do much more than I ever would with a toolkit?

Also, is your book the right book for a beginner like me?


[ December 19, 2006: Message edited by: Michael Beauchamp ]
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Hi Michael,

There are many great toolkits out there to help speed up Ajax development and I would recommend many of them. Instead of covering the toolkits, as many books do, I wanted to explain how a developer can create their own reusable library to gain more control over the Ajax part of their web applications.

My book covers topics such as creating reusable Ajax components, using design patterns and connecting Ajax applications to a database. In the end you will understand how to create an Ajax engine, write components from scratch and connect it all to a database.

The book is not a beginner book, but I do briefly cover the basic concepts in the first couple chapters. If you are familiar with other programming languages it should be an easy transition.
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