Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
Here at planet ajaxian, we have been hard at work on a book on Ajax, Pragmatic Ajax:
Now there’s no need for you to choose between the ease of deployment of a web page and the interactive features of a rich desktop application. Ajax redefines the user experience for web applications. Your application can provide a compelling user interface delivered plug-in free using modern web browsers. This book shows you how to make Ajax magic, exploring both the fundamental technologies and the emerging frameworks that make it easy.
It has been a pleasure working with the Pragmatic Programmers on this effort, and we will be announcing the beta of the book soon, so you can check out the content and even help influence it.
We know that the readers of ajaxian.com are a great community, and a lot of you are leaders in the ajax wave, so getting your feedback will be important to us.
Google Maps Chapter
One of the enjoyable parts of the book is a chapter on Google Maps, in which we show that it is far from rocket science, and walk you through building the client-side from scratch.
This comes from a really fun talk that we give on the same subject. Ben and I always told people that Google Maps was far from rocket science on the client, and that the real rocket science was on the server side geocoding, AND coming up with the idea to visualize things in a different way.
I think we were both amazed when we tried to proof it before a talk at JavaOne, and ended up with a working version in ~2 hours.
A few more hours of cleanup, and we end up with the book version, that we will place on ajaxian.com as soon as everything is ready to roll.
Anyway, I hope you will hear more from us soon on the book, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:28 am