Book Review: Head Rush AJAX
May 16, 2006
A couple of points:
- A great book for beginners.
- This book is not well suited for experienced Web programmers because the pace is probably too slow.
Using clever layouts and graphics, along with an easy to understand writing style, Head Rush AJAX makes AJAX very approachable for web designers.
WHAT IS AJAX
AJAX is typically coupled with a server-side technology like:
The server-side languages/environments are used to grab data (say from a database like MySQL) and then hand it off the to AJAX scripts. Wisely, Head Rush AJAX uses PHP as the server-side language to play this role*.
HOW THE BOOK TACKLES AJAX
By starting with simple concepts and examples, the book gently takes the reader from humble beginnings to (by the end of the book) where the reader should be comfortable creating AJAX based websites.
- Great examination of basic concepts.
- Good tutorial on DOM scripting – a key component of AJAX
Probably the best web designer centric book on AJAX.
Stefan Mischook (Web Design Heretic)