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Ajax - The Complete Reference
by Thomas A. Powell

1 edition
February 2008
654 pages

Reviewed by Jesper de Jong, May 2008
  (9 of 10)

This book is about writing Ajax web applications. It consists of four parts: Core Ideas, Applied Ajax, Advanced Topics and appendices.The first part explains what Ajax is and describes different ways of implementing Ajax in considerable detail. It describes some pre-Ajax techniques for implementing dynamic web applications, discusses the XMLHttpRequest object, data formats such as XML and JSON and goes quite deep into the issues that you will encounter when using the different techniques. In the second part, a number of concepts are presented by developing an Ajax library. There are chapters about networking, security, user interface design and website and application architecture. In the third part some more advanced techniques are described, such as calling web services.

What I especially liked about this book is that it goes deep into the details if needed. For example, differences between web browsers are described in detail. The book isn't just a cookbook that explains step by step how to build an Ajax web application - it focuses on making robust and secure applications that will work well on the different browsers and operating systems that are out there.

I would highly recommend this book to people who are developing serious Ajax web applications. This book contains a lot of valuable information, I certainly learned a lot by reading it.

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