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Ajax and PHP: Building Modern Web Applications 2nd Edition (From Technologies to Solutions) [Paperback]

Bogdan Brinzarea-Iamandi , Cristian Darie
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20 Dec 2009 1847197728 978-1847197726 2
This book is a step-by-step, example-driven AJAX tutorial, featuring complete case studies. Each chapter contains a friendly mix of theory and practice, so that your journey through the book will be pleasant, yet efficient. You’ll be coding your first AJAX application at the end of the first chapter, and with each new chapter you’ll develop increasingly complex AJAX applications featuring advanced techniques and coding patterns.AJAX and PHP: Building Modern Web Applications, 2nd Edition, is written for PHP developers who: Want to learn how to use PHP, JavaScript, MySQL and jQuery to implement Web 2.0 applications, Are looking for a step-by-step, example-driven AJAX tutorial, Want to learn advanced AJAX coding patterns and techniques and be able to assess the security and SEO implications of their code

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2 edition (20 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847197728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847197726
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Audra Hendrix


Audra Hendrix was educated at Northwestern University. She works as a consultant in applied technology and marketing to small and medium-sized businesses. While her client list includes Fortune 500 companies, she prefers the flexibility, agility, and challenges of small to medium-sized businesses. She has consulted both in the United States and France for businesses seeking to better utilize their resources and maximize their gains by reinventing and reapplying back office and Internet applications, data management, cost-effective marketing strategies, staffing requirements, and planning and deployment of new or emerging product lines.

Bogdan Brinzarea


Bogdan has a strong background in Computer Science holding a Master and Bachelor Degree at the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty of the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania and also an Auditor diploma at the Computer Science department at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France.

His main interests cover a wide area from embedded programming, distributed and mobile computing and new web technologies. Currently, he is employed as an Alternative Channels Specialist at Banca Romaneasca, Member of National Bank of Greece where he is responsible for the Internet Banking project and coordinates other projects related to security applications and new technologies to be implemented in the banking area.


Cristian Darie


Cristian Darie is a software engineer with experience in a wide range of modern technologies, and the author of numerous books, including his popular AJAX and PHP tutorial by Packt, his ASP.NET E-Commerce tutorial, by APress and his forthcoming SEO tutorial for PHP developers by Wrox Press. Cristian is studying distributed application architectures for his PhD, and is getting involved with various commercial and research projects. When not planning to buy Google, he enjoys his bit of social life. If you want to say "hi", you can reach Cristian through his personal website at cristiandarie.ro.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the subject 19 Sep 2011
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Very good book and easy to learn approach. You feel like you are being productive straight away. Would recommend if you want to understand AJAX and PHP.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven level of presentation 4 Feb 2011
By J. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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The first four chapters of AJAX and PHP provide simple, well-explained examples that are easy to learn from and easy to experiment with. Beginning with Chapter 5, the examples are suddenly an order of magnitude more complex. Chapter 5 contains new unexplained features that obstruct understanding. These include PHP classes; PHP session variables; the new (default) HTTP content type, application/x-www-form-urlencoded; HTML forms; and a new sophisticated HTTP request function that is useful either as an object constructor or as an ordinary JavaScript function. There are also some important topics that appear to be omitted altogether, such as user authentication.

I have learned a lot from this book but do not consider it suitable as a stand-alone introduction to AJAX and PHP.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book has Some Unfortunate Flaws 25 Nov 2010
By Alonzo Hosford - Published on Amazon.com
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First, big problem with Chapter 9 in that the Figure 9-3 and 9-4 are for Chapter 8. Second the code will not work because of violation of the essential tenant of defining all variables before you use them. That would go the grid.php on page 271. You want to define $response variable to insure code runs everywhere. This you can do with the line $response = new stdClass();

Second is the index.html link tag
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="scripts/themes/jqModal.css" > is incorrect

it should be

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="scripts/themes/jqModal.css" >

On page 265 this link tag is discussed for styling the grid.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="themes/coffee/grid.css" >

I had to modify it to add it to the downloaded sample.
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="scripts/themes/coffee/grid.css" >

Basically there is an additional scripts folder in the paths to be wary about when translating the chapter discussion with the downloaded sample.

Other than that, so far as I have not tried all chapters, the downloaded examples appear to work. The book has the caveat that u use the XAMPP software in the Appendix. Some of us use our own server set-ups and that may cause a hitch here or there that are easily overcome since u would be experienced with LAMP server set-ups such as mysqli support in case u did not turn it on. The point here u want to play with examples be sure u read the software requirements they were tested on.

The authors do a great job of breaking down the subjects with a balance between atomic examples and more functionality and thus build more complex examples. There are quite a lot of code dumps in the book which fills the pages. They are explained on subsequent pages. There are comments in the code that does help.

I have a problem with the AJAX code constantly changing throughout the book. It has to do with the authors introducing new concepts. I am not sure where at this point Chapter 5 what code I should adopt for handing the AJAX calls. Somewhere hopefully I will find a definitive statement pointing to the exact code that should be integrated into any independent work.

The grunt of the book is covered in the first four chapters and then the authors take u into serious use of the technologies so far worth exploring.

All the source files are available and they even include the SQL scripts to build tables which saves time so u can run the examples to see the functionality and not key in data.

Overall I find this book well worth the purchase if u are new to these technologies but have fundamental HTML, CSS, PHP, MYSQL, JS experience and if you are strong in those technologies but need to get up to speed in their integration with AJAX which is my case.

I do detest code examples that are not thoroughly tested foisted on readers who then have to either fail or are forced to use advanced skills to debug and fix. A recommendation to publishers is to build the examples and storyboard their explanation progression and then have the authors write.

Errors in the book figures are also something that shows poor quality control from the publishers as well as three authors and professional friends available to check the book. Since they are in the last chapter, I suspect like many books everyone grows tired and want to get it done - done is correctly done so your readers are not dismayed - at least those who try to actually run the examples as is.
4.0 out of 5 stars fills a gap! 9 Nov 2013
By kris geerts - Published on Amazon.com
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this book fills the gap between php, ajax and jquery . it's not about one particular subject ; its about the cooperation of this parts.
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Ajax 18 July 2010
By W. Presley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good introduction to AJAX. Starts our very basic and very easy to understand.
Even covers using AJAX with jquery.
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