Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Book review: Advanced Ajax by Lauriat

Category: Book Reviews, Books

Advanced Ajax

Because Ajax moves so much application logic from the server to the client, it forces many developers to master a wider range of web technologies than ever before. To work effectively on Ajax projects, front-end developers have to concern themselves with database performance, business logic and other server-side concerns. Back-end and middleware developers, meanwhile, have to make friends with XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and a wide range of browsers. Sure, it’s possible to develop Ajax apps in a siloed team environment. But it’s not the easiest way, and it rarely provides the strongest results.

Shawn M. Lauriat’s “Advanced Ajax: Architecture and Best Practices” (Prentice Hall, 2008, 360p) bridges the gap between developers with exclusive client- or server-side skills. By exploring tools, technologies and best practices for every layer of the Ajax programming model, this solid new programming manual promises to plug the holes in any developer’s resume. Lauriat’s tops-to-tails approach offers something for almost any developer, but it also guarantees most readers will find some sections remedial. As this two-part review will demonstrate, that’s not necessarily a liability.

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