Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Book review: Advanced Ajax by Lauriat (Part 2 of 2)

Category: Book Reviews, Books

Advanced AjaxBack in February, I reviewed the first half of Shawn M. Lauriat’s “Advanced Ajax: Architecture and Best Practices” (Prentice Hall, 2008, 360p). The first four chapters of Lauriat’s book, which focused almost exclusively on client-side technologies, impressed me considerably. But it’s taken me several weeks to get through the remainder of the book, and there’s one reason why: PHP.

The server-side portion of “Advanced Ajax” uses PHP code to illustrate its many and varied lessons about Ajax architecture. It’s not that I have anything against the popular web-development framework and scripting language. It’s just that, after spending my career in the ASP Classic and JSP trenches and slowly ramping up on Rails in the last year, I’m not the ideal target audience for these code samples. Adding “PHP” to the title of the book might have limited its potential audience, but it also would have been more accurate.

That said, there’s a lot of value here for adherents of any server-side framework. Lauriat discusses each topic from a general perspective before diving into the code. The technical approach to a given problem would obviously differ by framework, but the high-level approach wouldn’t. If you don’t mind skimming past the content that doesn’t apply to you, Lauriat’s advice about developing stable, scalable, accessible and secure Ajax applications transcends framework allegiance.


Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 4:51 pm
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I’ve read this since the last review.

It does a pretty good job documenting the best practices when building ajax apps. This is a book to read when you want to move beyond knowing the basics of javascript and xmlhttp to building a real web app using ajax methods.

Comment by Joeri — April 3, 2008

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