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Too much waffle.,
This review is from: Ajax in Action (Paperback)
I wouldn't recommend this book unless your an absolute newcomer.
The best thing to do is run the screencast and don't buy the book!
On the plus side it gives examples using Prototype, Scriptaculuous, X and Rico. So you'll get an appreciation of these frameworks. It does go into some detail about design patterns. Chapter 8 on performance was the best chapter in book.
On the down side:
* Chapters 1-8: Are rather labored and elementary. There's a lot of superflous stuff. jQuery in Action by contrast is snappy & to the point.
* Chapter 9-13. Examples are given. The problem is this book tries to be all things to all developers and consequently delivers a watered down result. (Some VB.NET/ASP.NET/C#/PHP/Java. Wouldn't be so bad if versions of each server-side code were in Ch9-13 with deployment instructions).
=> I've just finished reading chapter 9 and found the author of that particular chapter both facetious and egotisical.
=> The last 5 chapters are presented in a fashion where code is created then refactored. Why not cut to the chase. Just show the refactored stuff. I found this most arduous in chapter 9 and feel enough is enough. Next book...
Other major disappointments:
* A couple of the more meaty examples appear to be missing (Battleships from ch7 and ObjectViewer ch4-6. You were supposed to be able to edit data on Planets. Couldn't see it in download).
* The code that is there is buggy doesn't work in IE7. I see a lot of posts along same line with IE6 on Manning forum.
* A lot of the external links are broken in chapter summaries.
* And finally unlike other Manning authors, the forum doesn't get regularly reviewed by it's authors.
* My advice. Steer clear and look at something like jQuery In Action.
The code for that book is spot on and the authors style of writing is much crisper.