- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (24 Feb. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471785970
- ISBN-13: 978-0471785972
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 884,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...done a great job of explaining the various technologies behind Ajax...." ( Practical Web Design, June 2006)
"...surprisingly good book..." (Computer Shoppers, June 2006)
From the Back Cover
Create Web applications that act like desktop ones
What if shoppers at your online store could fill their carts without waiting for multiple page refreshes? What if searches produced instant results on the same page? With this book you won′t have to wonder "what if" you can use Ajax to make it happen! Get the scoop on all the technologies and start cranking out great applications.
Discover how to
- Use CSS with Ajax
- Connect to Ajax communities
- Tie Ajax into Google
- Work with XML DOM
- Connect Ajax to PHP and JSP
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Top Customer Reviews
The formatting of this ebook is absolutely terrible. All the bits are present, but not necessarily in the right order, the right size, the right color, or the right font.
It seems that the software which converts the original to kindle format gets confused by drop-caps, figures, tables, and source code.
It further appears that no human -- or at least none with any sense of pride -- bothered to check the conversion.
Having seen the sample, I thought that I would be able to tolerate the formatting, especially for the bargain price of £3.77, but a quarter of the way through the book, I found myself totally frustrated.
I returned it for a refund, since to do otherwise would simply encourage these half-baked conversions.
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Part 2 - Programming in Ajax: Getting to Know Ajax; Ajax in Depth
Part 3 - Ajax Frameworks: Introducing Ajax Frameworks; More Powerful Ajax Frameworks; Server-Side Ajax Frameworks
Part 4 - In-Depth Ajax Power: Handling XML in Ajax Applications; Working with Cascading Style Sheets in Ajax Applications; Working with Ajax and PHP
Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Ajax Design Issues You Should Know About; Ten Super-Useful Ajax Resources
I felt the book really came to life in Part 3 with coverage of the different frameworks. I don't think any of the other books I've read on Ajax to date have had quite this much information on all the different frameworks you can implement to eliminate much of the "heavy lifting". Since Steve does a good job of presenting the pros and cons of each, you'll quickly determine if a framework is the way you want to go, and which options might be best for your particular project.
While not the most technical book on the subject, Ajax for Dummies does bring some angles to the table that aren't present (or as strong) in other books. It'd be a good introduction to the subject matter, or a nice second volume to gain a different perspective on the technology.
The writing style was stilted and hard to follow, not to mention there were plenty of errors.
But I could overlook that if the content was valuable. Unfortunately, there were many problems with the content in this book.
First, the example code did not match the screen shots. Mostly it was some trivial wording changes, but things like that lower the reader's confidence in the veracity of the book.
Second, the way Holzer steps you through the code is both confusing and a waste of space. He shows a code snippet - but just the lines he's describing. Then the next snippet is the first snippet plus a few more lines (in bold), and on and on, so that you almost never see the entire code file in one piece, and in some cases he doesn't show the entire contents of the file at all.
That wouldn't be so bad, because of course you can download all the examples from the website. The problem is, about half of them don't work, and being an Ajax Dummy, I don't know how to debug them. I tried them in Firefox and Safari, and got the same results in both.
The author and publisher need to go back through this book and revalidate everything, and rewrite the code samples so they're more like every other programming book out there.
I had (and still have) no particular interest in Ajax, but because I try to stay conversant with all platforms, I felt that if anyone could explain Ajax quickly, it would be Holzner.
I am not disappointed.
On the other hand, for people who already possess at least some basic knowledge of these technologies, Holzner's book will quickl provide the conceptual framework you need for understanding Ajax.
After completing the book and working on various projects, it becomes less useful and you'll probably want to switch to a more reference-oriented book. For beginners though, this book cannot be beat.
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