Build Your Own AJAX Web Applications
Usable and Accessible Interactivity
By Matthew Eernisse
Publisher: SitePoint
Final Release Date: June 2006
Pages: 352

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a new approach for developing web applications. It essentially permits users to interact with a Webpage without forcing a slow & tedious reload of the entire page after every action. This means web applications become more responsive, easier to use, and more intuitive.Build Your Own Ajax Web Applications uses a step-by-step tutorial format that's so easy to follow, you'll be able to build sophisticated and intuitive Ajax web interfaces in no time!

Read this book, and you'll:

  • Get an overview of the basic technologies you'll need to use to build Ajax applications.
  • Understand the XMLHttpRequest object, the core of Ajax applications.
  • Build a cross-browser XMLHttpRequest wrapper that you can use in all of your Ajax projects.
  • Build an Ajax application monitor that works in real time.
  • Learn how to use Ajax without breaking older browsers or causing accessibility issues.
  • Get your Ajax application working with screen readers.
  • Use dynamic animations to improve usability.
  • Build edit-in-place functionality.
  • Create an Ajax search application that pulls data from Amazon,, and Google.
  • Fix the "Back button" problem.
  • Use JSON, YAML, and XML to communicate with the server.
  • Build an Ajax drag 'n' drop chess game.
  • And a whole lot more!

    Throughout the text, the author stresses usability, accessibility, and graceful degradation for older, less-capable web browsers.

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