Sebastopol, CA—What could be better than using Ajax to bring new flexibility and responsiveness to your sites and applications? Why, hacking Ajax, of course. To hear web developers and designers talk, Ajax—a term used to describe the combination of a group of popular web technologies—is the best thing to happen to web sites in years. But once you’ve dabbled in Ajax and mastered the basics, you’ll start looking for new ways to apply it. Ajax Hacks (O’Reilly, US $29.99) by Bruce W. Perry offers a wealth of tips and tools to keep Ajax aficionados coding for as long as they like.
In a foreword to the book, Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path, known for coining the term Ajax, observes that over the years web designers and developers have developed an arsenal of conventions to rely on when designing applications: where the logo goes, how a link behaves when it is clicked, etc. But he observes that much of that knowledge goes out the windows with Ajax. “We have a wider palette to work with,” says Garrett, “but that also means we have more opportunities to make mistakes. And believe me, we’ll make a lot of them. It takes time to get smart, and just as it took us a while to get a handle on the old static Web, it’ll take us some time to get good at creating Ajax experiences as well.”
Garrett adds, “That’s where you—and this book—come in.” In Ajax Hacks readers will learn to:
ISBN: 0-596-10169-4, 414 pages, $29.99 US
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