- By Charles Wyke-Smith
- Published Aug 17, 2009 by New Riders. Part of the Voices That Matter series.
- Copyright 2010
- Dimensions: 7-1/2 X 9-1/8
- Pages: 312
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-57260-2
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-57260-8
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-321-67854-0
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67854-6
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- Write lightweight but powerful object-oriented code
- Modify the Document Object Model
- Learn sophisticated techniques for making your pages respond to user actions
- Use the downloadable Scriptin’ library of helper functions to speed development and ensure cross-browser compatibility
- Use Ajax scripting techniques to update specific areas of the page with data from the server
- Create powerful interface interactions, such as sliding panels and tree menus
- Evaluate frameworks such as jQuery and Prototype to find the best one for your needs
- Build an online application that looks and responds like a regular desktop application
- Easily adapt the Scriptin’ code examples for use in your own projects—download them at www.scriptinwithajax.com
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Some good content, brought down by loads of errors.,
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However, as more code appeared on the pages, so did a lot more mistakes. A number of these seemed to be the result of going through several revisions and not updating all references to the code being discussed, but many were pretty inexcusable such as:
- Glaring syntax errors
- Inconsistent names / referencing functions or objects that don't exist
- Incomplete / non-functional code in places
I was able to get something out of this book and didn't get stumped by many of these mistakes (although there were certainly some WTF moments), but I kept imagining a poor novice programmer getting totally confused by parts of the text. There were also some bad practices demonstrated in places. The number of errors is severe enough that I wouldn't... Read more
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for New and Seasoned Web Designers Alike,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
How could I be so grossly wrong,
Here are my gripes about this book
-Even though the title or the introduction doesn't say it, the book uses PHP backend. So, if your backend is Google Apps/CGI/ASP.NET, you will just have to run thru the PHP code uncomfortably and just get over it. Though it is not a real impediment, since this is a frontend programming book, author could have been neatly abstracted a technology specific backend.
-After reading thru couple of chapters, I had this feeling that author is fairly knowledgeable about the topic but is too impatient to put his thoughts down. Most of us had a teacher like this at school, didn't we? A good researcher, but a bad teacher. At times, he doesn't spend enough time where it counts.
-This impatience and lack of detail reaches new heights with JS objects & DOM,... Read more
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Table of Contents
Chapter 3 Objects and the DOM
Chapter 4 Events
Chapter 6 AJAX
Chapter 7 Frameworks
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