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Ajax has swept through the IT world like wild-fire over the last 8 months. It's being deployed by major corporations across the world to improve the user-experience of their websites (e.g. Google maps, Flickr, Google Suggest and Amazon Discuss). This is only the beginning of its potential. It seems likely that within the year Ajax techniques will become one of the corner stones of contemporary web development. No website will want to be without them and no web designer will want to pass up on these skills.
This book follows on from Apress' extremely successful Foundations of Ajax title. It takes the reader on a detailed journey through the Ajax technology and shows them how to integrate Ajax with Microsoft's popular .NET 2.0 Framework to produce their own implementations of the functionality they're beginning to see on the web. The keystone of the book is practicality. We show people how to put theory into practice and bring Ajax to their web applications in a professional manner.
Crucially, for a book in such a rapidly moving field, we also look ahead to when Microsoft will unveil it's 'Atlas' Ajax toolkit for Visual Studio 2005. We tell people what to expect and how they can begin preparing for it.
There are a few class libraries recently distributed that open the Ajax door to the .NET Framework 2.0. This book examines how the Ajax technology and the .NET Framework can work in tandem. It thoroughly covers the XMLHttpRequest processes and the .NET 2.0 class libraries, and shows you how to turn theory into practice and concepts into code, with samples that duplicate many new web technologies. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you?ll be ready to put this asynchronous technology to work.
Thanks to the folks at Google, Ajax technology has become a force to be reckoned with. It is a technology that is here and now, just waiting for you to implement it with full impact. Google Maps, Google Suggest, and Flickr.com are just a few of the sites out there that have moved Ajax into the mainstream. More shall be revealed as the technology eases its way into coding.
It s been well over a year since I first began working with the team over at Spout (www. spout. com). In the course of that year, I ve been professionally challenged by the sheer amount of cutting-edge work that I have been asked to develop. I can still remember Brian Anderson (NuSoft Solutions) coming to Nick McCollum and me with a few sheets of paper detailing a new third-party web tool that we should take a look at. The design documents were a brief listing of the sample code for Ajax. NET by Michael Schwarz. Not only had Michael built an awesome library, but he had done so for free. Nick and I embraced the library without he- tation. Admittedly, we overused the library at first. We Ajax d the site to its fullest extent. Need a user control built? Use Ajax At least that is how it felt at first. We were truly excited (and remain so today) about the possibilities of Ajax and where it would lead our project. I want to share this excitement with you. An Overview of This Book I want to deal with the world of Ajax to its finest detail. In order to do that, we ll need to discuss where Ajax came from, what it comprises, and how we can implement modern third-party Ajax libraries."
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