Professional Ajax, 2nd Edition by Nicholas C. Zakas, Jeremy McPeak, Joe Fawcett
Wrox | 0470109491 | PDF | 598 pages | March 12, 2007 | 6 Mb
Once a basic understanding of the various request types is discussed, the book moves on to provide in-depth examples of how and when to use Ajax in a web site or web application. Different data transmission formats, including plain text, HTML, XML, and JSON are discussed for their advantages and disadvantages. Also included is a discussion on web services and how they may be used to perform Ajax techniques. Next, more complex topics are covered. A chapter introducing a request management framework explores how to manage all of the requests inside of an Ajax application. Ajax debugging techniques are also discussed.
The last part of the book walks through the creation of two full-fledged Ajax web applications. The first, FooReader.NET, is an Ajax-powered RSS reader. The second, called AjaxMail, is an Ajax-enabled email system. Both of these applications incorporate many of the techniques discussed throughout the book.
Professional Ajax 2nd edition adds nearly 200 pages of new and expanded coverage compared to the first edition. Some of the new topics covered here include:
* Ajax Libraries including the Yahoo! Connection Manager, Prototype, and jQuery
* Request Management with Priority Queues and the RequestManager Object
* Comet push-based web systems and HTTP streaming
* Maps and Mashups with Geocoding, Google Maps API and Yahoo! Maps API
* Ajax Debugging with FireBug and Microsoft Fiddler
ASP.NET AJAX Extensions (formerly code-named "Atlas")