Clean up the speed and appearance of your web applications with ajax
The ‘Dummies’ range of books are great books for beginners who want to learn about certain topics. I have previously read a dummies Search Engine Optimisation book and a basic HTML book both were very good and full of useful content. ‘Ajax for Dummies’ again delivers a great to introduction to Ajax.
‘Ajax for Dummies’ also includes introductions to CSS, XML and the PHP programming language, all are then used in code examples to show how Ajax can be used with CSS to create a dynamic web pages.
There are several good code examples throughout the book, these include how to create drag and drop components in a web page, so that you can drag and drop products into a shopping basket without leaving the screen. There are also other examples including getting data to and from text files and servers.
Overall ‘Ajax for Dummies’ is a great introductory book to Ajax, with lots of code examples and the book has an easy to read layout. As a PHP programmer it would have been nice to see more examples of interaction between Ajax and PHP and MySQL, but this book was written to give an introduction to the language and not an indepth coverage, so for me the next book will have to be an Ajax book which just covers interacting with PHP and databases such as MySQL.