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2.0 out of 5 stars
Part One - not impressed, 19 April 2007
I have just read through the first part of this book and learned virtually nothing in 116 pages.
Part One - Rethinking the Web Application
Chapter 1 - A new design for the web, 27 pages.
This is an overview of Ajax that is so trivial as to be insulting and can be safely skipped unless you've been living on the moon recently.
Chapter 2 - First steps with Ajax, 37 pages.
Chapter 3 - Introducing order to Ajax, 47 pages.
This chapter demonstrates perfectly the very worst form of bloat in technical books today. It has little to do with Ajax. Not only do Design Patterns receive a very undignified roughing up (a confused half page on Facade for example) but a woefully inaccurate account of Refactoring is levered in for good measure. This latter definition includes no mention of automated unit tests (JSUnit?) and suggests that Refactoring is nothing more than 'changing stuff' (hack hack hack). A not bad section on MVC follows. The chapter is rounded off with a frustratingly short section (11 pages) on Ajax frameworks.
So far definitely not worth the money!
If you don't find a review of Part Two at some point, assume I've hacked my own head off with a rusty saw.