Ajax Design Patterns shows you best practices that can dramatically improve your web development projects. It investigates how others have successfully dealt with conflicting design principles in the past and then relays that information directly to you.
The patterns outlined in the book fall into four categories:
* Foundational technology: Examines the raw technologies required for Ajax development
* Programming: Exposes techniques that developers have discovered to ensure their Ajax applications are maintainable
* Functionality and usability: Describes the types of user interfaces you'll come across in Ajax applications, as well as the new types of functionality that Ajax makes possible
* Development: Explains the process being used to monitor, debug, and test Ajax applications
Ajax Design Patterns will also get you up to speed with core Ajax technologies, such as XMLHttpRequest, the DOM, and JSON. Technical discussions are followed by code examples so you can see for yourself just what is-and isn't-possible with Ajax. This handy reference will help you to produce high-quality Ajax architectures, streamline web application performance, and improve the user experience.
"Ajax Design Patterns fills the literary void that exists in AJAX design by using real examples of best practice to enhance your apps. As with most AJAX titles it's pretty intense and hardcore reading, but then if you're into AJAX you're probably pretty hardcore too. Thankfully, Ajax Design Patterns is one of the most organised books on any programming subject. It's a massive book, but you won't get lost as the chapters are sensibly divided up and the sound layout means there's nothing whatsoever to fear. The book gets inside what makes top apps like NumSum tick and there's even a look at the code of DHTML Lemmings thrown in for good measure!" .Net, October 2006