Prototype and script.aculo.us
You Never Knew JavaScript Could Do This!
By Christophe Porteneuve
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Released: December 2007
Pages: 436

Tired of getting swamped in the nitty-gritty of cross-browser, Web 2.0-grade JavaScript? Get back in the game with Prototype and script.aculo.us, two extremely popular JavaScript libraries, that make it a walk in the park. Be it AJAX, drag and drop, auto-completion, advanced visual effects, or many other great features, all you need is write one or two lines of script that look so good they could almost pass for Ruby code!

Web applications are getting richer and richer, with more interaction baked in every day. But JavaScript, DOM, CSS and a full host of other Web standards are quite complex, and the result isn't always browser compliant.

The Prototype and script.aculo.us libraries are veritable treasure troves, smoothing over all the usual nitty-gritty differences between browsers, and making most common features a breeze to implement. With this book, you can quickly wield the whole power of these extraordinary libraries.

Dive into Prototype, the library that makes JavaScript so much more powerful, and it looks a lot like Ruby code. Exploring the DOM, handling events, taming AJAX, and radically simplifying most of your scripting code: it all becomes easy-and very portable-with Prototype.

When it comes to advanced UI features, script.aculo.us is every web developer's dream come true: whether you need to create auto-completed text inputs, implement in-place editors, provide customized drag-and-drop behaviors, capture your users' attention with visual effects or simply build DOM fragments more efficiently, it's all there, and lightweight too.

This book guides you through all the details of these features, letting you use many technologies on the server side, such as PHP, vanilla Ruby, and Ruby On Rails, in countless examples illustrating every aspect. Power users will also learn the design philosophies of the libraries, and how to contribute to them and augment them for their own needs.

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Good examples

By Noah Gift

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I received a review copy of this book, and was able to use some of the code examples to jazz up a site I was building. The examples are very well written, and the code works. If you are into programming in javascript, this book is worth a look.

 
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Nice book, but not for the beginner

By Kasper

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If you're absolutely new to Javascript libraries (like Prototype and Script.aculo.us) or even Javascript itself, this book probably isn't written for you. In my opinion, quite some experience with (mostly) Javascript is required to understand what's happening, so you might want to take a look at this book if you're already familiar with these libraries but want to go more in-depth.

The book itself is comprehensive on both libraries and most techniques used in contemporary (client-side) webdevelopment like auto-completion, sorting elements and drag-and-drop are profoundly explained. This makes the book rather a readable and comprehensive reference than a "step-by-step manual".

Readability is further enhanced because Christophe Porteneuve uses relatively little code examples, which I considered to be a pleasant experience. Other books in this category could use the balance between code examples and text in Prototype and script.aculo.us as an example.

Overall, it is a good book showing you every feature of proto and scripty and a nice addition on your bookshelf!

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