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Applied jQuery: Develop and Design by Jay Blanchard

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4. Being Effective with AJAX

AJAX, one of the hottest technology combinations to enter the Web development landscape in years, has fueled a surge in interactive Web design with its ability to load new content into an existing DOM structure.

jQuery simplifies using AJAX with several shorthand methods for the basic AJAX methods. For most developers and designers, these shorthand methods will be all that they ever need to use. The jQuery AJAX shorthand methods post, get, and load are featured in this chapter. jQuery also provides a robust feature set, including callbacks, for developers who want to customize their AJAX calls to provide richer interactive experiences. I’ll show you how to use several of jQuery’s AJAX features to enhance Web sites ...

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