August 17, 2006
duckling of web scripting languages to being the force behind such Ajax powerhouses as Gmail and Backpack. The language has grown in importance and the size of scripts has ballooned.
edition, O'Reilly, US $49.99) notes, "After the fourth edition of my
was published in 2001, the world of client-side web development
supported at version 1.5. The W3C DOM was stable, and reasonably well
supported by developers. I grew complacent...there never seemed to be
need to update the fourth edition.
"Then Google released their Gmail application and people noticed that it
didn't behave like the web sites they were used to. And Jesse James
Garrett published his seminal essay on this new style of web
So Flanagan set himself to overhauling the classic, bestselling guide to
it is used today, rather than the way it was used in 2001. These changes
appear throughout the book. But the most important new material are the
new chapters on scripted HTTP and XML manipulation: these are the
cornerstones of Ajax applications, and these two new chapters explain
them, with detailed examples.
longer than the scripts that most of us were writing five years ago. The
new material on classes and namespaces explains how to structure
for 'programming in the large.'"
This book is both an example-driven programmer's guide and a
keep-on-your-desk reference, with new chapters that explain
their understanding of the language.
Part II explains the scripting environment provided by web browsers,
examples that demonstrate how to:
Generate a table of contents for an HTML document
Display DHTML animations
Automate form validation
Draw dynamic pie charts
Make HTML elements draggable
Define keyboard shortcuts for web applications
Create Ajax-enabled tool tips
Use XPath and XSLT on XML documents loaded with Ajax
class, object, constructor, method, function, property, and constant
browser APIs, the standard Level 2 DOM API, and emerging standards
the XMLHttpRequest object and the
developers have started to write longer programs and use more
sophisticated programming techniques, such as closures and namespaces.
This fifth edition has been fully revised for the new world of Ajax and
Web 2.0 technologies. I was surprised to discover that I had almost
as many examples as I did in the fourth edition and the examples are
than twice as long."
This updated version will lead them and others into the new world of
ISBN: 978-0-596-10199-2, 994 pages, $49.99 US, $64.99 CA
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