Supercharge Your Sites with Ajax Right Now...No Scripting Expertise Needed!
You’ve heard how great Ajax is--how it can help make your Web sites more usable, more interactive, more responsive, more successful. Ajax Construction Kit lets you put Ajax to work right now, even if you’ve never written a script! Just learn a few essentials, check out a few examples, then run the live CD and discover all the plug-and-play code you need to hit the ground running. Ajax Construction Kit’s built-in applications work right out of the box. And with easy guidance from Michael Morrison, you’ll gradually deepen your understanding--learn how to customize, extend, and reuse these applications---and even build skills for creating new ones. Walk away an expert.
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Negus Live Linux Series
Your Practical, Hands-On Guides to Getting Real Results with Free Software
Add the free software and examples from the book’s CD to your Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux system to follow along with the projects described in the book. Or boot the CD directly to use a complete, prepackaged set of free software tools to play, display, and modify those projects. Start as a novice, by trying out examples...and finish with professional Ajax-enabled Web content!
SERIES EDITOR CHRISTOPHER NEGUS is the bestselling author of the Red Hat Linux Bible series, Linux Toys series, and this series’ flagship title, Linux Live CDs.
Part I Ajax Boot Camp
1 Ajax and a Brave New World Wide Web 9
2 Inside an Ajax Application 25
Part II Building Real-World Ajax Applications
3 Dynamically Loading Web Data: An XML E-Book Viewer 49
4 Using Ajax to Dynamically Populate Lists: A Stock Picker 75
5 Tapping into RSS News Feeds 97
6 Reading the User's Mind with Auto-Complete 121
7 Creating Responsive GUIs with Real-Time Validation 139
8 A Killer Interface for Image Viewing 159
9 Presenting Information with Slick Popups 171
10 Forecasting the Weather with Ajax 189
11 Building an Ajax Shipping Calculator 205
12 Adding an Ajax-Powered Rating System to Your Site 231
Part III Appendices
Appendix A The Past, Present, and Future of Ajax 257
Appendix B A Quick and Dirty XMLHttpRequest Reference 261
Appendix C Using the Live Linux CD 271