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.
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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 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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