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Ajax: The Definitive Guide--New from O'Reilly: The Complete Guide to Building Interactive Applications for the Web

February 6, 2008

Is Ajax a new technology or the same old stuff? You'll hear arguments on both sides, and both sides are right, but the point is academic. "The growth and advancement of technology in the last three to four years have been incredible," notes author Anthony T. Holdener III. "Ajax is one of the reasons new web applications are becoming such a hit, and the more people can learn to utilize Ajax in their projects, the better those projects will be for end users."

Holdener's new book, Ajax: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly, US $49.99) demonstrates how tried-and-true technologies (aka "the same old stuff") make Ajax possible, and shows how these older technologies are the underlying secret of that decidedly modern Web 2.0 feel.

"New innovations, together with the functionality of Ajax, have given the Web a new look and appeal," says Holdener. "Ajax: The Definitive Guide explores what you can do with Ajax to give them a Web 2.0 feel and how additional JavaScript advancements can turn a web browser and web site into a true application. Even before that, you'll get a background on what goes into today's web sites and applications."

Ajax: The Definitive Guide explains how to use standards like JavaScript, XML, CSS, and XHTML, along with the XMLHttpRequest object, to build browser-based web applications that function like desktop programs. You get a complete background on what goes into today's web sites and applications, and learn to leverage these tools along with Ajax for advanced browser searching, web services, mashups, and more. You discover how to turn a web browser and web site into a true application, and why developing with Ajax is faster, easier and cheaper.

The book also explains:

  • How to connect server-side backend components to user interfaces in the browser
  • Loading and manipulating XML documents, and how to replace XML with JSON
  • Manipulating the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Designing Ajax interfaces for usability, functionality, visualization, and accessibility
  • Site navigation layout, including issues with Ajax and the browser's back button
  • Adding life to tables & lists, navigation boxes and windows
  • Animation creation, interactive forms, and data validation
  • Search, web services and mash-ups
  • Applying Ajax to business communications, and creating Internet games without plug-ins
  • The advantages of modular coding, ways to optimize Ajax applications, and more

Also included are references to XML and XSLT, popular JavaScript Frameworks, Libraries, and Toolkits, and various Web Service APIs.

Anthony T. Holdener, III currently builds Internet/Intranet applications utilizing the latest available technologies while striving for accessibility and cross-browser compatibility. He has worked with the web in one form or another since 1997 when he helped open an Internet cafe in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Following graduation from St. Louis University with a degree in Computer Science, Anthony has worked as a web architect or developer for the past eight years for a number of Fortune 500 companies in the St. Louis area. Anthony resides in the village of Shiloh, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and twin toddlers. When not on his computer, Anthony enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with his family.

For more information about Ajax: The Definitive Guide, including table of contents, index, author bio, and samples, see the catalog page: Ajax: The Definitive Guide

Ajax: The Definitive Guide
Anthony T. Holdener, III
ISBN: 0-596-52838-8, 980 pages, US $49.99
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