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Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Jim Leether
Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Jim Leether ( @VWRacer )

Head Rush AJAX by O'Reilly

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All of my recent AJAX interest and motivation has been fueled by the O'Reilly book, Head Rush AJAX. Overall, the book was good for me. I am a huge fan of the Head First book series and I think for more of a beginner, the book would have been truly fantastic. It really goes in depth into AJAX and manipulation of a web page through the Document Object Model (DOM). For me, the whole DOM stuff was pure review... about 150 pages of review. So that part I was able to skim very fast. The AJAX parts though, especially the section on Javascript Object Notation, or JSON, was very exciting and very helpful. I would recommend this book to any one who knows nothing about AJAX and wants to dive in. You might find their style a bit repetitive and almost condescending, but when months go by and you realize you still remember it... you might just appreciate it.

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Just as a recommendation if you do a bit with JavaScript I highly recommend you buy DOM Scripting by Jeremy Keith. Its all on unobtrusive JavaScript and how to use the DOM the right way. I got his next book on reserve already. Its coming out in February. Its called Bulletproof Ajax. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

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