Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Mastering Ajax with IBM developerWorks

Category: Examples, Programming, XmlHttpRequest

The IBM developerWorks site has posted several parts of a series related to working with Ajax, building developers up from knowing nothing about the technology to some of the more advanced features it offers.

There are three parts to the series that have been posted:

  • Part 1 is an introduction to Ajax – what it is, how it works, and what the code for it looks like
  • Part 2 focuses on the XMLHttpRequest object – functions/properties it supports, integrating error handling with it, making it cross-browser, and how to actually send requests (both simple and complicated)
  • Part 3 takes it a bit deeper, looking at the ready states XMLHttpRequest supports and what they mean, HTML status codes that could be returned, and some of the other HTTP requests types that can be made
  • Part 4 looks at the DOM for a web page and shows how you can maipulate it with the help of some simple Javascript
  • Part 5 shows how to update, create, and remove parts of the DOM tree

This article (series) isn’t going to make your applications flashy, help you highlight text with fading yellow spotlights, or feel more like a desktop. While these are all strengths of Ajax (and topics we’ll cover in subsequent articles), they are to some degree just icing on the cake. If you can use Ajax to build a solid foundation in which your application handles errors and problems smoothly, users will return to your site and application.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:50 am

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I think that these articles are really good at explaining some important debugging concepts especially with response codes and what not. Good read!

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I am new to ajax.So this article has helped me a lot to get hold of the basics of this technology.I am really thankful to the author and expect further postings about this topic.

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