Ajax in Action helps you implement that thinking–it explains how to distribute the application between the client and the server (hint: use a “nested MVC” design) while retaining the integrity of the system. You will learn how to ensure your app is flexible and maintainable, and how good, structured design can help avoid problems like browser incompatibilities. Along the way it helps you unlearn many old coding habits. Above all, it opens your mind to the many advantages gained by placing much of the processing in the browser. If you are a web developer who has prior experience with web technologies, this book is for you.
Why Ajax design patterns matter
How to avoid Ajax pitfalls
Examples of Ajax in action: type-ahead suggest, live searching using XSL, and many more.
Examples using Ajax frameworks: Prototype, Scriptaculous, x and Rico
Ajax usability, security, and performance
Table of Contents
PART 1 RETHINKING THE WEB APPLICATION
A new design for the Web, First steps with Ajax, Introducing order to Ajax
PART 2 CORE TECHNIQUES
PART 3 PROFESSIONAL AJAX
The user experience, Security and Ajax, Performance
PART 4 AJAX BY EXAMPLE
Dynamic double combo, Type-ahead suggest, The enhanced Ajax web portal, Live search using XSLT, Building stand-alone applications with Ajax