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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (18 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626218
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dino Esposito is a well-known ASP.NET, AJAX, and Microsoft Silverlight® expert who has written or co-written several popular books, including Microsoft ASP.NET and Ajax: Architecting Web Applications and Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4. He is a regular contributor to MSDN® Magazine and speaks at industry events such as DevConnections and Microsoft TechEd.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Nunn VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2009
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Finally there is a book dedicated to the design of AJAX applications, too many books cover this subject with not real though in to the design and architecture of the solutions. Dino has managed to cover this very important subject in a clear and insightful manner. This book is full of clear examples of how to achieve a rich user experience as well as why, without compromising the robustness of the final solution. The approach is both pragmatic and understandable, providing clear guidance for the experienced developer. This is not an introduction to or AJAX, rather a guide to best practices when using these great technologies together. By taking the reader back to first principles around how the scripting engine works and interacts with external services, this book provides a clear insight into the inner workings without becoming bogged down in technical intricacies.
The book is littered with numerous examples of design patterns that help to resolve a number of potential issues along with clear guidance on how to analyse issue to ensure the right pattern can be chosen. The last chapter of this book is dedicated to Rich Internet Applications using Silverlight, which is quite fitting as a number of the architectural issues facing Silverlight developers are the same as those facing AJAX developers and the majority of solutions described in this book can be applied to Silverlight apps just as easily as AJAX ones.
This book can be read in conjunction with, Microsoft® .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise (PRO-Developer), which provides a more detailed dialog on key design principles and how to apply these in the .net world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Slowey on 10 Feb. 2010
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I bought this book after using several methods to include Ajax in .NET web projects and still not being sure "whats best". Put simply this book told me exactly what I needed to know, at the level I required. Its not a download examples book, it just clearly explains in a straight forward way "probably to experienced .NET developers" the pro's and con's of several routes to Ajax functionality. I would recommend this book to any developer looking for an in depth look at how the technology "actually" works. Along with Microsoft.NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise from the same author, it helped make the jump to designing an Ajax application from the ground up, with confidence.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good current book, about to be outdated quickly 21 Jan. 2010
By D. S. Cherry Jr. - Published on
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Dino is a well respected author and developer. I have read at least five of his books. They range from old school ADO.NET to architecting web applications for the enterprise (highly recommend that read). This book is well written and organized. The content is heavy on the front end as the title suggests. You will explore the kludgy innards of JavaScript. jQuery and many Ajax approaches are also considered. In addition, Dino puts his own personal spin on patterns and processes.

The book starts very well with a background in the Ajax surge. It then jumps into the client side, patterns, binding to the client and ends with RIA's. Overall this is solid and I recommend the read if not quick skimming after the fifth chapter.

However, .NET 4.0 is right around the corner. The client side bindings, more jQuery integration and updated Microsoft Ajax JavaScript libraries will change a lot of how this book approaches Ajax. Therefore, its an interim book for those not looking to move to 4.0 and live in at least the 3.5 world for the foreseeable future.

It delves into Silverlight a bit and. But has no mention of the ground swell of popularity that is ASP.NET MVC and its fairly elegant Ajax approach. One of the highlights is Dino's insight into the pros and cons of partial rendering vs. full scale asynchronous approaches. I have been on an enterprise application where we had to implement the former. He nailed the reasons why.

Read this book if you want a good background in current technologies that are changing at the speed of light. It won't be a gold source for later pick up and review though.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Big picture, yet great details 23 Feb. 2013
By SchmidtD - Published on
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This title couldn't be more perfectly fulfilled than by Esposito's text. Just what you would think; it gives the big picture for architecting while being detailed enough to teach.

I read this after reading Calderon and Rumerman's Advanced ASP.NET AJAX controls, and wow does the extra quality in this text really show through when looking at two titles in this same area of study.

This text really clarifies. It does a great job of separating ASMX from WCF, while still showing the similarities. It does a great job at reviewing JavaScript just as needed to launch into the MS AJAX Library, and it flows nicely in a great personal tone without being unprofessional in the writing.

Definitely the first book to grab if you are interested in how AJAX has come to be a force in the world of the web (even, perhaps, if you are not specifically ASP.NET-centric), and more importantly, what to do about that force.

It is one of those books where you think, "Without this information/knowledge I was something of a fool and just didn't know it Good thing I was at least smart enough to get and read it!"

I may update this posting when I have completed the text, but I have read in it significantly, and it just keeps getting better.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another great book from a prolific author 14 Dec. 2009
By Umed Zokirov - Published on
Format: Paperback
Most of the Ajax and JavaScript books focus on implementation and that's a good thing. However those books do not describe how Ajax fits within an architecture of an application. This books captures it succinctly. I also recommend author's other book "Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise"
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Not a HOW-TO but theory 9 Sept. 2010
By Fazal Abbas - Published on
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If you are looking for a AJAX how-to book then this is not the book for you. You have to go through a lot of text to find the development material. Its all theory. Not a single program in its entirety but small functions in lot of text. This book detail about the history, need and architecture. Not for people looking for code samples.
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Another Big Waste of Time 29 April 2013
By Charles E. Nutting - Published on
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If you have nothing to do, still don't read this book. Really doesn't tell you anything about how to DO AJAX, just another copy paste from other materials into this book. You could learn more from the internet, and your neighbor then reading this book.
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