Head Rush Ajax
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2006
Pages: 448

Sick of creating web sites that reload every time a user moves the mouse? Tired of servers that wait around to respond to users' requests for movie tickets? It sounds like you need a little (or maybe a lot of) Ajax in your life. Asynchronous programming lets you turn your own web sites into smooth, slick, responsive applications that make your users feel like they're back on the information superhighway, not stuck on a dial-up backroad.

But who wants to take on next-generation web programming with the last generation's instruction book? You need a learning experience that's as compelling and cutting-edge as the sites you want to design. That's where we come in. With Head Rush Ajax, in no time you'll be writing JavaScript code that fires off asynchronous requests to web servers...and having fun doing it. By the time you've taken your dynamic HTML, XML, JSON,and DOM skills up a few notches, you'll have solved tons of puzzles, figured out how well snowboards sell in Vail, and even watched a boxing match. Sound interesting? Then what are you waiting for? Pick up Head Rush Ajax and learn Ajax and asynchronous programming the right way--the way that sticks.

If you've ever read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. Head Rush ramps up the intensity with an even faster look and feel. Have your first working app before you finish Chapter 1, meet up with the nefarious PROJECT: CHAOS stealth team, and even settle the question of the Top 5 Blues CDs of all time. Leave boring, clunky web sites behind with 8-tracks and hot pants--and get going with next-generation web programming.

"If you thought Ajax was rocket science, this book is for you. Head Rush Ajax puts dynamic, compelling experiences within reach for every web developer."-- Jesse James Garrett, Adaptive Path

"A 'technology-meets-reality' book for web pioneers on the cutting edge."-- Valentin Crettaz, CTO, Condris Technologies

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5.0

Underrated Book, missed series

By jasonfactor

from San Diego

About Me Developer, Educator, Maker

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

    I loved this book. It gave me the bare bones I needed to see the potential for AJAX. All I needed to get the most out of this tech was some overt, distinct applications of it. It's a shame the series didn't make a bigger impression.

     
    4.0

    Not too Detailed, yet interesting

    By Hari

    from Bangalore

    About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Not comprehensive enough

    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

    It's a simple book on AJAX with terse explainations. However, the book has to trade-off detailness for its simplicity. Not probs on that, since it is an ideal one for Begineers.

    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Very distracting format

    By Critic

    from NY

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      Cons

      • Difficult to understand

      Best Uses

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        Normally I enjoy O'Reilly books. However, I was very disappointed with this one. The constant overuse of illustrations, arrows, images and call-outs (on every page in the book) was extremely distracting. It felt more like reading a children's book, than a technical reference book. A "cutesy" format is not a substitute for good solid content.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        enjoyable, concise and nicely done

        By Thomas Ziegelbecker

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        This book, according to its synopsis, is basically laid out for beginners and for that it is generally genius and mostly helpful, even if you look up for things at the end of reading.

        The negative aspect of this is that you have to go through more pages than usually to learn about the same amount as covered in other books.

        though...

        You have to think about the purpous and the approach of the book! It implicates knowledge of which you will even be aware of years later, and thus the book has a long-lasting effect, every other book simply cannot and will not provide!

        Of course, if you would like to dig deeper into the matter of AJAX and you're looking for comprehensive stuff, this shouldn't be your first choice and it will certainly not fulfil your needs.

        but...

        In spite of exclusively covering the basisc this book will give you a fundamental basis of knowledge about the whole AJAX thing.

        My personal conclusion is that AJAX Head Rush book totally lives up to its promises and I highly recommend it for beginners.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Head Rush Ajax

        By Chris Schroeder

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        I found this book to be extremely helpful in learning Ajax quickly and easily. It is organized differently from other books in that it uses visual examples and presents information in small, easy-to-process bits of information that, in the end, left me with an solid understanding of how Ajax works as well as the confidence and knowledge to develop my own applications without any prior experience with the concepts.

        As a web producer, I am always looking for more efficient and interesting ways to present web content and Ajax seems to be both. Head Rush Ajax made it simple for me to learn and implement Ajax in a matter of days.

         
        1.0

        Disappointed

        By FreedomFries

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        I've got to say I'm disappointed. I was drawn by the layout/style of the book, but there is very little substance behind it. I've read Chapters 1 and 2 and think the material that occupies 138 pages could have easily been covered in 20-30 pages. And the amount I learnt really didn't justify the amount of time invested. Usually O'Reilly books are to such a high standard, but not this one (in my opinion).

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Just don't read it.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        What a mess. Same information again and again and again. I am at page 109 and when I think what I have learnt till now its very little.

        I was impressed by other head first books (SCBCD, Design patters etc) and I bought this book expecting that it would be of the same standard.

        I must say that this is not the book for any professional.

        Tnx

         
        4.0

        Awesome book to grab... I makes AJAX so simplified ...

        By anandram

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        Hey o'reilly has done a great job by introducing starters book in form of head first and head rush...this book Head Rush Ajax made be to learn from the scratch....It makes us feel that AJAX is just a script as simple and interesting as other interesting languages...

         
        1.0

        very dissapointing

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        I was very unimpressed with this book.

        Sixty pages of the same thing repeated to me over & over & over just to get to the stupid updatePage() function in the first chapter alone.

        It was so bad that I returned it to Barnes & Noble and did not bother to read the rest.

        Outside of the scope of the very poor client-side code conventions that were so eloquently articulated in a previous post. I was completely appalled at the quality of the PHP code that was supplied.

        Given the fact that newbs will be reading this book, this is just further incentive for PHP developers (and aspiring PHP developers) to continue throwing out garbage applications.

        This book was not worthy of the time it took me to go to the store, much less, the time I wasted reading the first chapter.

        After reading Head First Design Patterns I apparently had my expectation set too high, however, I'm very disappointed.

         
        4.0

        Re: Not a good book

        By Anonymous

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        Comments about oreilly Head Rush Ajax:

        I found at least one mistake in your post:

        >ID attributes are not added to SPAN elements to >style them. Classes are used for styling.

        IDs can be used to style elements. This mistake makes me question your credibility on the subject of web design and coding, on top of the fact that I loved the book, and found it enjoyable as well as informative.

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