Series: The Complete Reference
Paperback: 654 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 13, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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This book is intended for a computer science class. It's very, very dry, and its really not for everyone. The information doesn't ramp up at all, straight to advanced topics. With that said, it covers some great information, demos debugging throughout, and the author clearly demonstrates his strong knowledge of AJAX. The topics covered are worthy of a read. It's not for beginners to AJAX and/or computer programming. This should be the second book you purchase on the topic, after establishing a basic knowledge of AJAX. Worth a note, the examples use PHP, so if that's not your programming language of choice, then you might want to skip this one.
While this book covers many topics regarding AJAX, then one large section of creating your own AJAX library was - I think- extraneous.With so many good AJAX libraries out there - JQuery and Scriptaculous - I don't see the need to creating your own.Other than that, the other topcis were not only interesting, they were actually useful and relevant.
What I like the most about this book is very detailed explanations on how to attack and solve problems. I also love the way how this book has a lot of examples that are compatible to most of the modern browsers. All examples are already presented on the site that goes along with the book.The author also give tips on making design decision when making either small or large scale websites. It is very well written with full of examples that come with detailed explanations.