Head First Ajax
A Brain-Friendly Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2008
Pages: 528

Ajax is no longer an experimental approach to website development, but the key to building browser-based applications that form the cornerstone of Web 2.0. Head First Ajax gives you an up-to-date perspective that lets you see exactly what you can do—and has been done—with Ajax. With it, you get a highly practical, in-depth, and mature view of what is now a mature development approach.

Using the unique and highly effective visual format that has turned Head First titles into runaway bestsellers, this book offers a big picture overview to introduce Ajax, and then explores the use of individual Ajax components—including the JavaScript event model, DOM, XML, JSON, and more—as it progresses. You'll find plenty of sample applications that illustrate the concepts, along with exercises, quizzes, and other interactive features to help you retain what you've learned.

Head First Ajax covers:

  • The JavaScript event model
  • Making Ajax requests with XMLHTTPREQUEST objects
  • The asynchronous application model
  • The Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Manipulating the DOM in JavaScript
  • Controlling the browser with the Browser Object Model
  • XHTML Forms
  • POST Requests
  • XML Syntax and the XML DOM tree
  • XML Requests & Responses
  • JSON -- an alternative to XML
  • Ajax architecture & patterns
  • The Prototype Library

The book also discusses the server-side implications of building Ajax applications, and uses a "black box" approach to server-side components.

Head First Ajax is the ideal guide for experienced web developers comfortable with scripting—particularly those who have completed the exercises in Head First JavaScript—and for experienced programmers in Java, PHP, and C# who want to learn client-side programming.

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4.0

Loved the book and explanations by not the format

By Connie Web Guru

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All my questions were answered.

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Not able to work through examples

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      Comments about oreilly Head First Ajax:

      I'm trying to work the exercises in Chapter 1, and am unable to get this to work. Turns out, I need to run XAMPP to get an apache server running in order for the php code provided in the example to run. No mention of this in the book at all, much less how to install it or get it running. So far, I've had no luck getting it running, so can't run the examples or do the exercises. That pretty much makes the book useless.

       
      5.0

      How can i download sample at a time?

      By loopbit

      from korea

      Comments about oreilly Head First Ajax:

      Good feature...

       
      5.0

      really that hat they are saying

      By Basil

      from Ukraine

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      Pros

      • 'head First' Stanard
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Too basic

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      Comments about oreilly Head First Ajax:

      good 1st book for understanding

       
      4.0

      great book

      By davidany

      from new york, ny

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      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

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        Comments about oreilly Head First Ajax:

        I tried other books on ajax, and this one was by far the easiest to understand, without presuming I knew much javascript.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
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        disappointed

        By kevin

        from Korea

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        Comments about oreilly Head First Ajax:

        The book shows some solutions.

        However, very disappointedly,

        the degree of orgnization and user-understandable is not good.

        Even though author says there are repetitions,

        I felt it's not effective and useless to repeat.

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        4.0

        I passed on this book TOO many times

        By Maxxscape

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        • Well-written

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          Comments about oreilly Head First Ajax:

          I can not tell you how many books I have read on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL and even AJAX. Being so used to the traditional methods, I picked up several Head First books, thumbed thru them and said Nah... Each time I went to the bookstore, I was drawn to the series and each time put them back on the rack after only thumbing thru them.

          A few days ago, I said, "What the heck? and grabbed this one on AJAX. I can not put it down! I believe I am reading less but retaining more than any of the other types of books I have read.

          As a result, I just bought the ones on JavaScript, HTML with CSS & XHTML, PHP & MySQL. Even though I already have experience in all of the areas, I figure it will help me not only learn but RETAIN more.

          Even recommended the Algebra and Geometry ones to my brother for his kids!

          I learned after many years as an instructor in the Navy that different people have different ways of learning and this book has taught me a lot!

          This type of learning may not be for you but at least take the time to read a little bit and find out. Don't just thumb thru the book(s) and view it as a bunch of "gibberish" like I did! (ROFL)

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