As one of the prime enablers of innovations such as wikis, blogs,and third-party APIs, Ajax is redefining the way Web applicationsare created. This book familiarizes you with the core technologiesbehind Ajax, and shows you how to start building Web sites usingAjax techniques. It explains concepts step-by-step, using provenexamples, so that you can immediately begin applying theinformation.
You'll see how building Ajax-enabled sites and applicationsallows more interactive user interfaces than ever before. You'lllearn about the differences in capabilities between client-side andserver-side development techniques, as well as how Ajax crossesthis boundary. You'll discover how Ajax techniques can be summed upby patterns (which are development models that you'll userepeatedly). With a mastery of these techniques, you'll be able tobreathe new life into your Web sites and applications.
What you will learn from this book
Ajax pros and cons so you know the best way to use it
Methods for using the XMLHttpRequest object (the primary Ajaxenabler) to call ASP.NET, PHP, and Java applications
How to store and transmit XML data that many Ajax applicationsuse
Ways to combine applications through Web services or APIs tocreate mashups
Who this book is for