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3.0 out of 5 stars Magnum opus, 26 Mar 2009
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I have the feeling this started out another book altogether and was given an Ajax-spin midway through writing. It's really more "everything the author wanted to write about almost anything". There's a section on different database products. There's a page on sorting algorithms. If you are looking for a brief and coherent presentation on Ajax, this book isn't for you. But if you are an experienced web developer looking for an update on the developments of the last couple of years and you are prepared to skim-read to get what you need, there is plenty of good information and good examples. The constant references to accessibility are commendable. I'm just surprised this book slipped past O'Reilly's editors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Is this the most opaque book from OReilly?, 29 Mar 2009
This review is from: Ajax: The Definitive Guide (Paperback)
I probably could have got more from this book if I knew what it was meant to achieve. I'm only up to page 86 and I'm now skimming like crazy. It seems from what I've seen so far, that AJAX means writing a lot of code to:
Initialize some objects, pull some data from a database (what database? where database? why database?), put it in an object and manipulate it for some reason and then - nothing. I can do this with very little effort in perl and old-fashioned cgi.
The next chapter is, apparently on interface design but it seems unlikely I'll ever get there. The book has already covered (mentioned) requirements analysis but it seems strange that after four chapters we're deep into code with no mention of what this application is for and what the users (heaven help them) are expected to be doing all this time.
Did anyone read this before it went to press?
I blew my budget on this book as OReilly is normally a safe bet when looking at something new but it looks like I'll have to start again with a different book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More a brain dump than a book, 6 Sep 2011
This review is from: Ajax: The Definitive Guide (Paperback)
Most O'Reilly computing books are good introductions to the subjects. This one, I'm afraid, falls a long way short of the expected standard. It could be titled 'Everything I know about anything remotely connected with Ajax'. It's a large book (900 plus pages) composed of filler plus the small scraps of code you need to use Ajax. If you don't know your way around html and xml technologies, there are better introductions and it is way to early to start thinking about using Ajax. More space is filled with pieces about web-page design and one or two application areas that the author has picked up on. None of it seems to be in any particular order - more 'and here's another thing'. If you don't become lost you'll certainly soon be bored.

Overall I think that the book is a product on a fairly trivial idea that was hailed as a great new technology. It was really just a development of already existing technologies (xml and javascript) so there was really not much to write about.
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