Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 13, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
The author succeeds in leading the reader through an example application utilizing techniques that have been lumped under the name "Ajax". I suspect that many readers learn as I do by testing and experimenting with code examples. To get the most out of the book, these readers should have access to a desktop or ISP web server with Php capability.Throught out the book, the author refers the reader to other resources that cover topics referred to briefly or noted as simply not in the scope of the book. Examples are installing Apache/PHP, verifying data input, security considerations etc.The book is a excellent read for those who have already delved into one of the pre-Ajax volumes that covered MySql/PHP in depth and want an Ajax upgrade. Others with basic application implementation needs will benefit from the overview, example code and resource tips provided.
I had eagerly awaited the release of this based on the quality of Larry Ullman's other books and outstanding support, and a niggling desire to learn about Ajax.This is written in the same easy-to-follow style of the author's previous publications and well worth the purchase price. It takes the reader through creating a single Ajax example with PHP and MYSQL, and clearly explains the concepts as you go. As usual, there is an accompanying web page with downloadable files and other information.Highly recommended!
I have to agree somewhat with Charlie, who gave this book one star. While this is a good introduction to Ajax, parts of the code were missing in the Ajax versions, so after I typed in all the code in the Ajax-based chapters and tested them, they only brought up the non-Ajax versions. However, when I replaced the code I typed from the Ajax-based chapters with the downloadable code from the book's website, it worked. I compared that code with the Ajax examples in the book and sure enough, there were missing snippets of code. Of course, this book isn't the ultimate "bible" of Ajax and the author didn't mean it to be that way. It's just an introduction to Ajax with a real-world application for HR departments. This book was my introduction to Ajax, which I'll follow up with more in-depth books on the Ajax/PHP combination. I give this book 3 stars.
I own this book, it is a good book on designing visual pleasing php based sites with easy updating of pages without needing to refresh the page for new content, updating databases etc.. BUT with the recent advances in jQuery and Twitter Bootstrap this book is rather outdated as AJAX by itself as a term you really don't need to code for anymore as others have done all that for you.I wouldn't spend a whole lot of money on this book, more than 10 dollars and it wouldn't be worth the price in my opinion. When it first came out, YES but now I don't think so. There are other books of Larry's that go into what this book does and so much more.