Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Book Review: Ajax in 10 Minutes

Category: Ajax, Book Reviews

Books can be the lifeblood of any technology, but only if they’re good. To that end, has posted a new book review of Sams Publishing’s “Ajax in 10 Minutes” book to share if they thought it was up to the task.

Not being familiar with the Sams “Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes” series, I was more than a bit skeptical when I first saw the title of this book, “Ajax in 10 Minutes.” Considering that Ajax encompasses the use of JavaScript, XML, XSLT, (X)HTML, CSS, PHP, and the DOM, it seemed pretty obvious that you couldn’t learn all of that in ten minutes. But, as it turns out, that’s not what the title means at all.

They talk about the layout of the book, how it’s divided up into “bite-size lessons” that each take about 10 minutes (hence the name). There are 21 chapters inside of four different sections, each with its own focus and explainations. The reviewer notes, though, that some familiarity with web technologies might be in order to handle some of the concepts presented.

The four sections of the book previous mentioned are a refresher on web technologies, an introduction to Ajax, a look at more complex Ajax functionality (including “gotchas”), and a look finally at toolkits like Prototype, RICO, and XOAD.

Overall, the reviewer found it a good resource, but not for those looking for a complete reference on all things Ajax. It’s a starting place for your Ajax travels, and it prepares you well.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:33 am

3.4 rating from 21 votes


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Comment by Michael Schwarz — June 23, 2006

I can’t speak for the Ajax book, but I’ve got Sams SQL in 10 Minutes by Ben Forta (author of the CF WACK series which is also a must-own for CF’ers), and considered it one of my “secret weapons” when I was taking my first forays into web dev. If the Ajax book is as good, it’ll definitely be a good resource for people not sure where to start.

Comment by Mike Ritchie — June 23, 2006

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Pingback by Kevin Brian Wright ~ American Author and Romantic Poet - — June 24, 2006

“Considering that Ajax encompasses the use of JavaScript, XML, XSLT, (X)HTML, CSS, PHP, and the DOM”

If you’re going to include PHP you should include every language that people use with AJAX, or at least some common ones like Python, Java, Perl to but name a few.

Comment by Adam — September 21, 2006

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