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Head Rush AJAX by O'Reilly

By Ben Nadel on

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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