With "Ajax in Action" out of press, the commando will now be able to drastically accelerate its evangelization process. The word is spreading that this book is a tremendously useful field guide specially written for developers in the trenches waiting for the killer solution that will help them build cutting-edge web applications of unprecedented quality. After showing how to switch from traditional to Ajax web development, the authors present the core techniques underlying Ajax as well as a couple design patterns and how these fit into the Ajax development model. Furthermore, the book also contains great best practices that can considerably enhance the user experience and that teach you how to design Ajax applications with security and performance in mind. The second part of the book is fully dedicated to presenting five hardcore examples (live search, etc.) whose main goal is to provide developers with ready-to-use off-the-shelf Ajax components that can be seamlessly integrated into any web application.
Whether you are frustrated by low tech web development or you are willing to discover how the potential of Ajax is greater than the sum of its parts, swallow this 600 pages bible and join the commando now.
This is really two books in one: first, it's a look at the Ajax technologies and prescriptions for their effective use. There are detailed discussions of relevant design patterns and of strategies for designing usable and secure applications. There are substantial discussions of a number of Ajax frameworks, libraries, and development tools, as well as developer features of Web browsers that you've probably never learned about but can't live without.
The second half of the book is a cookbook, with detailed blueprints for concocting your own versions of several Ajax showcases: dynamic double combo boxes, typeahead select boxes, and Web portals with selectable, draggable portlets. There are even recipes for assembling standalone Ajax applications that use existing third-party Web services as a back-end. The cookbook builds on the earlier parts of the book by applying the design patterns and refactoring techniques therein described.
If you're serious about helping to revolutionize the Web, you need this book.
<pre>Review by : John Wetherbie Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> Ajax In Action is a code-driven introduction to the collection of technologies and techniques that are known as Ajax. The book has many code examples and the last five chapters take you through the development of some Ajax applications including combo boxes, type-ahead help, and adding Ajax to a portal site.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.
Keeping with the real project theme, there is information throughout on refactoring and design patterns. The authors present low level coding idioms as well. All this creates a language for coding Ajax applications. The second half of the book walks you through the entire development process for five sample applications.
The book targets a wide audience range, from enterprise developers to self-taught scripters. Basic concepts are explained concisely for newcomers and experienced developers may skim certain sections. However these sections are a very small part of the 600+ page book.
And the book even has a screenshot of JavaRanch! I was expecting a good book when I saw Bear and Ernest's comments on the back. But it still managed to exceed my expectations!
Originally posted by Sasi Kanth: Hi, What this covers most? Is Ajax technology is same for java ,.net and the remaining server side languages.
When you look at the projects in this book, you will see that the server side code is not very involved (we designed it this way), it performs basic actions that anyone from any language can follow. A lot of times we are returning a dynamic xml file or a simple string. The explainations are easy to follow and it will give you a great background on how to implement Ajax. Over on the sandbox on manning for the book ( http://www.manning-sandbox.com/forum.jspa?forumID=179 ), I see people posting responses saying that one person says the double combo running in php and another has it in Java, and another has it in cold fusion. Just that alone makes me see the power that Ajax has that the same client side code does not care what is behind the brains of the data gathering.
Ajax seems scary to a lot of people, but Dave and I put a lot of time in the book to eliminate this fear and make it as easy as possible to get an Ajax component running on your web site.