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  1. Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology (Expert's Voice)
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  2. Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology (Expert's Voice)

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    Price R1369.00

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This book will save Java developers countless hours of development time by providing seven complete Ajax applications to learn from and adapt for use in their own projects. The applicaions include an online calendaring/scheduling system, a Flickr™-style photo gallery application, and an Ajax role-playing game. The book also details the set-up of a perfect Java/Ajax development environment in which to construct the applications; Java technologies covered include Apache, Ant, Ajax Tags, Struts, Prototype, DWR, Dojo, and more. This is the first book of its kind, aimed at Java/Ajax developers.


Frank Zammetti
Brand: Apress
1st ed.
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I have read some AJAX books and enjoyed them, but they typically concentrate on the client side and coverage of what occurs on the server side, if any, is generally PHP or a smattering of almost anything. But I'm a Java guy. The book I've been looking for would have not only the server side examples in Java, but would also use Java as the basis of discussion on client-server communication and the tools available to ease the whole process.

The examples cover a variety of interesting projects and technologies, but the coverage of CSS, JavaScript, Servlets etc is very light as to be almost non-existent. Some of the sample code has been cut and paste without too much scrutiny, so they are often bloated by useless or even empty javadoc blocks but this is more of a annoyance than a real problem. Appendix B has several pages of useful links, but I would have liked to have seen this as a closing chapter of the topics that didn't warrant complete coverage.

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The book begins a three chapter introduction about the involved technologies, Ajax basics and maybe even more important the concept of Web 2.0 and its ongoing evolution. When people think about Ajax they often think 'no refreshing', 'cool widgets' and 'flashy stuff', but nobody really thinks about desktop application architecture within the webbrowser. And Frank Zammetti finely points this out.

The chapters following the introduction are about fully working projects (a project per chapter). Every project uses a different Ajax toolkit/library or combines them differently. For example there's a very good introduction project on how to use DWR or Dojo (though Dojo's full capabilities are not used). Frank also goes into the details of the communication between server and client using XML and JSON. At the end of every chapter, he gives you a couple of suggestions for improvement so you can go at it yourself with your newly gained knowledge.

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Before you buy this book, you should have a solid understanding of basic Javascript and some server-side Java programming. The book does a great job explaining how to create complicated projects simply by using some of the free AJAX toolkits. My only complaint is that the book does not cover much "raw AJAX." If you are looking to learn how to use some of the best toolkits for AJAX programming, this is the book for you.
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