Ajax in Action

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Dave Crane, 2006 - Computers - 650 pages
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Web users are getting tired of the traditional web experience. They get frustrated losing their scroll position; they get annoyed waiting for refresh; they struggle to reorient themselves on every new page. And the list goes on. With asynchronous JavaScript and XML, known as "Ajax," you can give them a better experience. Once users have experienced an Ajax interface, they hate to go back. Ajax is new way of thinking that can result in a flowing and intuitive interaction with the user.

Ajax in Action helps you implement that thinking--it explains how to distribute the application between the client and the server (hint: use a "nested MVC" design) while retaining the integrity of the system. You will learn how to ensure your app is flexible and maintainable, and how good, structured design can help avoid problems like browser incompatibilities. Along the way it helps you unlearn many old coding habits. Above all, it opens your mind to the many advantages gained by placing much of the processing in the browser. If you are a web developer who has prior experience with web technologies, this book is for you.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

 

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Contents

Rethinking the web application
1
Core techniques
117
Professional Ajax
209
Ajax by example
325
index
635
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About the author (2006)

Dave Crane holds degrees in Chemistry, Parallel Computing and Ecological Economics from Edinburgh University in Scaotland. He has worked with Internet Technologies for the last ten years, primarily with Java technologies such as J2EE, Jini and Jython. He has pushed the boundaries of DHTML - and latterly Ajax - since 1997, in website design, on early Digital TV set-up boxes and in home automation systems. Most recently, he has been senior developer for Smartstream Technologies Ltd., developing highly-interactive Ajax-based application frameworks that are currently in use in many tier-1 banks and financial institutions worldwide. Dave lives in Gloucestershire, UK.

Eric Pascarello graduated from Penn State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Since then Eric has been employed as a Senior Developer, developing enterprise level applications in ASP.NET. Eric has also writtenJavaScript: Your visual blueprint for Dynamic WebPages, 2nd ed.. Eric volunteers his free time as a moderator of the HTML and Java Script forum at www.JavaRanch.com, a friendly online community dedicated to helping people learn Java and other web technologies. He lives in Laurel, MD.

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