Foundations of Ajax

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  • 14 years ago

    This book from Ryan Asleson and Nathaniel Schutta is a basic introduction to Ajax focused on the user interaction aspects. Therefore, most of the book focuses on how to use JavaScript to enhance user experience on web sites. After introducing the XMLHttpRequest object and server communication, the authors show how the Ajax approach can be used in various interaction contexts. The final chapters of the book are dedicated to tools than can ease JavaScript development, particularly for the testing and debugging activities.

    Although it is targeted to developers that already master JavaScript and HTML, the clarity of examples makes this book accessible to a larger audience, even if you do not have a PhD in JavaScript. Some may think that the focus of the book (client side scripting) is limited, but I see this book is a good starting point for practical Ajax implementation, especially to enhance an existing web site. The fact that the few server code examples are in Java may however be seen as a disadvantage for readers using another server-side language and that are looking for a broader coverage on their specific configuration.

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