Head First Ajax – Rebecca M. Riordan – 1st Edition


is no longer an experimental approach to website , but the key to browser-based applications that form the cornerstone of Web 2.0. Ajax gives you an up-to-date perspective that lets you see exactly what you can do — and has been done — with Ajax. With it, you get a highly practical, in-depth, and mature view of what is now a mature development approach.

Using the unique and highly effective visual format that has turned Head First titles into runaway bestsellers, this offers a big picture overview to introduce Ajax, and then explores the use of individual Ajax components — the event model, DOM, , JSON, and more — as it progresses. You’ll find plenty of sample applications that illustrate the concepts, along with exercises, quizzes, and other interactive features to help you retain what you’ve learned.

Table of Content

The JavaScript event model
Making Ajax requests with XMLHTTPREQUEST objects
The asynchronous application model
The Document Object Model (DOM)
Manipulating the DOM in JavaScript
Controlling the browser with the Browser Object Model
POST Requests
XML Syntax and the XML DOM tree
XML Requests & Responses
JSON -- an alternative to XML
Ajax architecture & patterns
The Prototype Library