Are you looking for a good reference book on AJAX? Then you might want to consider Ajax for Web Application Developers. Published by Sam's and featuring lots of reusable code, it should make a fine addition to your programming library. Keep reading for an overview of what you can learn from this book.
Book Review: Ajax for Web Application Developers (Page 1 of 4 )
Whew! Finally I am done. I just finished 250 pages of a good book and I have to admit, a rollicking great read. This book is by Kris Hadlock, published by Sam's Publishing and has a list price of US$35. Kris Hadlock is a contract web developer and founder of Studio Sedition (a web development firm). He is also a technical writer for InformIT. This is his first book and I sincerely hope he writes a few more.
First, let me give you a few painfully honest facts about myself (the reviewer). I am a lazy coder and believe ardently in reusable code. I subscribe to several great web sites for the sole purpose of finding code that I can tweak to fit any occasion. I write code with the same mentality I had when doing engineering design projects: somebody somewhere has done something similar before, so find it and edit it. Fortunately this mentality works, and creating an original front end is relatively less work for my personality. The book was probably custom designed with someone like me in mind; note that the subtitle is "Reusable Components and Patterns for Ajax Driven Applications."
Let's take a quick look at the major divisions of the book before delving into the writing style, details to note in the book and the book's major theme.