Writing this book has been a lot of work, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of many people. This project was initiated by Pearson, and it never would have started without the research done by Andrew Wait, who found my blog and brought me to the attention of his father at Pearson. The readers of my blog have also been a great help, as their questions and feedback have helped me hone my thinking about AJAX. The HTML_AJAX project was also important in my growth as an AJAX developer; Laurent Yaish and Arpad Ray have helped me with it, and our talks led to a number of improvements in this book.

I would especially like to thank Mark L. Taub of Pearson Education for initiating this project and walking this first-time author ...

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