JavaScript and AJAX For Dummies

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Learn to use these powerful tools together and build Web sites that work

If you want to build Web pages that offer real value to your site's visitors, JavaScript and AJAX are top tools for the job. Even if you're new to Web programming, this book helps you create sites any designer will admire. With easy-to-understand steps and an emphasis on free tools, you'll be able to jump right into building a site using the same techniques as the pros.

  • Down to basics — learn your way around JavaScript and choose an editor and test browser
  • Manage complexity — use functions, arrays, and objects to create more sophisticated programs

  • Page magic — discover how to control what happens on your pages, animate objects, and put pages in motion

  • Get beautiful — Use the jQuery User Interface library to add sliders, tabbed interfaces, and custom dialogs to a site

  • Come clean with AJAX — build AJAX requests into your programs, use jQuery, and work with AJAX data

Open the book and find:

  • How to choose a test browser
  • How to discuss string concatenation with a straight face

  • Tips for debugging your code

  • How to add useful information to a dropdown list

  • Why AJAX connections should be asynchronous

  • The exciting possibilities of the jQuery library

  • How to use the Aptana editor

  • Online resources for JavaScript programmers

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About the author

Andy Harris is a lecturer in computer science at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. He was instrumental in developing the university's certificate program in applied computer science and has taught courses in Web development as well as several programming languages.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Nov 5, 2009
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Computers / Internet / General
Computers / Programming Languages / JavaScript
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Ajax is short for “Asynchronous JavaScript+CSS+DOM+XMLHttpRequest.”

Even if you weren’t intimidated before, that tidbit is probably enough to make you reach for the Excedrin. Just reach for Ajax For Dummies instead. With screen shots, actual code and explanations, and live Web sites where you can see Ajax applications doing their thing, it will have you using Ajax to create Web applications that look an act like desktop applications in no time. With Ajax, you can speed up and clean up your Web applications. Shoppers at your online store can fill their carts without waiting for multiple page refreshes. Searchers on your sites can get instant results on the same page.

This guide takes you on a tour of how Ajax is used today, complete with examples of Ajax applications in action, such as an Ajax-enabled Yahoo! search or an Ajax-based chat application. Then it gives you basics on using JavaScript. After that you dive in and get info on:

Writing some Ajax, interactive mouseovers using Ajax, passing data to the server with GET or POST, and more Connecting to Google for a live search Using free Ajax frameworks so you don’t have to start from scratch, including Ajax Gold (written specifically for this book), AJAXLib, and grabbing XML with libXmlRequest All kinds of Ajax techniques, such as using Ajax for drag-and-drop operations, pop-up menus, downloading images behind the scenes, and more Using SACK (simple AJAX code kit), decoding XML with Sarissa, and creating visual effects with Rico Handling XML int Ajax Applications Working with cascading style sheets (CCS) in Ajax, including setting up the styles, displaying a menu, styling text, handling colors and backgrounds, and more Working with Ajax and PHP

Complete with a companion Web site, free Ajax frameworks, and sample code you can use, Ajax for Dummies is your friendly guide to creating truly user-friendly Web sites!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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