Book Reviews


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

JavaScript Performance Rocks; Beware the DOM monster!

Category: Book Reviews, Performance

When I heard that the dynamic duo Thomas Fuchs and Amy Hoy were writing a book I wanted to check it out. They have released a beta version, which is pretty much code complete, with just some copy and illustration tweaks to come ($24). The book is actually a bit of a two in one, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:35 am
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3.8 rating from 32 votes

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Book review: “Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks” by Wroblewski

Category: Book Reviews, Books

Usability and design guru Luke Wroblewski knows that web forms suck. More importantly, he knows why – and how to make them suck less. For the past few years, the Yahoo! product design exec has been presenting his ongoing research into the humble HTML form at conferences and on his blog, Functioning Form. I attended Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 4:46 pm
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3.8 rating from 33 votes

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Book review: “JavaScript: The Good Parts” by Crockford

Category: Book Reviews, Books, JavaScript

I heart David Flanagan. I’m making my way through “The Ruby Programming Language” this summer. Its exhaustiveness really satisfies. But a decade ago, my programming Bible was Flanagan’s “JavaScript: The Definitive Guide”. As I transitioned from a career in content to a career in code, “the Rhino book” taught me everything I needed to know Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 3:51 pm
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3.9 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

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

Category: Book Reviews, Books

Back 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 Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 4:51 pm
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3.9 rating from 25 votes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Book review: Advanced Ajax by Lauriat

Category: Book Reviews, Books

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 Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 5:41 pm
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3.6 rating from 30 votes

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Book Review: Ajax Security by Billy Hoffman

Category: Ajax, Book Reviews, Security

Brian Dillard of Agile Ajax has a review of Billy Hoffman’s new book “Ajax Security“. If you’ve not picked this book up, you really need to. It’s received rave reviews and is quickly becoming the must-have security book for client-side development. As Brian can attest: The book itself, of course, documents dozens more specific security Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 6:00 am
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4.5 rating from 13 votes

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Book recommendation: Ajax Security by Hoffman and Sullivan

Category: Book Reviews, Books

Reviewers overuse the phrase “required reading,” but no other description fits the new book “Ajax Security” (2007, Addison Wesley, 470p). This exhaustive tome from Billy Hoffman and Bryan Sullivan places the specific security concerns of the Ajax programming model in historical perspective. It demonstrates not only new security threats that are unique to Ajax, but Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 12:24 pm
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4.1 rating from 32 votes

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Prototype 1.6, Script.aculo.us 1.8 and The Book.

Category: Announcements, Book Reviews, Books, JavaScript, Prototype, Scriptaculous

This is a big day for Protoscript friends. The triple release. The big one. This post is a long one two as it discusses: Prototype 1.6 Released Script.aculo.us 1.8 Released “Prototype and script.aculo.us: You never knew JavaScript could do this!” book released, and we have a great review by Stu Halloway Prototype 1.6 They cleaned Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:22 pm
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4 rating from 58 votes

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Review of Learning JQuery

Category: Book Reviews, jQuery

My colleague Brian Dillard has written a review of Learning JQuery: Having spent most of the Ajax era at a large dot-com writing custom JavaScript backed by Prototype and some really solid internal libraries, I’m astounded by the staggering number of competing frameworks that have been quietly chugging along while I was busy elsewhere. It’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 6:25 am
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3.7 rating from 24 votes

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Review of GWT in Action

Category: Book Reviews, GWT

Any time a hot technology comes along — and GWT is certainly white-hot — publishers compete in a mad scramble to get the first books out the door. Often quality suffers. I am happy to report that GWT in Action is a strong effort that doesn’t seem to suffer from this quality problem. (That isn’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 7:41 am
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3.6 rating from 43 votes

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Mini Review – Google Web Toolkit Solutions: Cool & Useful Stuff

Category: Book Reviews, GWT

A mini book deserves a mini review, and so it is with the “Digital Shortcut” from January 2007 entitled Googleâ„¢ Web Toolkit Solutions (Digital Short Cut): Cool & Useful Stuff. The 112 page PDF goes further than any of the free tutorials out there in that it develops two non-trivial applications using GWT: a Yahoo! Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 10:00 am
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4.1 rating from 42 votes

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Book Review: Beginning Javascript with DOM Scripting and Ajax

Category: Book Reviews

Despite its title, Beginning Javascript with DOM Scripting and Ajax by Christian Heilmann is not for those just starting out in web development. What it is, is a great resource for those that already have some experience coding dynamic web sites. The book explores the principals of DOM scripting (using the Document Object Model) to Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 9:00 am
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3.7 rating from 31 votes

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Review: Building Ajax JSF Components

Category: Book Reviews

Jason Lee has posted a book review on Building Ajax JSF Components. The chapter begins by making the grandiose claim that “JSF and AJAX are a perfect match.” The authors then attempt to back up their claim by showing how JSF’s lifecycle phase management helps implement components that use AJAX very cleanly, especially from the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:43 am
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3.6 rating from 49 votes

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Review of ‘Pro Ajax and Java Frameworks’

Category: Book Reviews

This is a review of Pro Ajax and Java Frameworks by Nathaniel T. Schutta and Ryan Asleson. This book seeks to give the experienced developer of Java web applications the knowledge necessary to add Ajax to their webapps. This is another Ajax book that goes broad rather than deep. Instead of investigating one or two Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 8:14 am
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4 rating from 22 votes

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Review of Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology

Category: Book Reviews

At a quiet time during my 40th birthday extravaganza, I finally had the chance to finish reading Practical Ajax Projects with Java Technology by Frank Zammetti from Apress. I’ve read enough good, hands-on Apress books by now to get a warm and fuzzy feeling anytime I see their distinctive bumble bee black and yellow covers, Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 4:48 pm
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4 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Mini Review of “Javascript: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition”

Category: Book Reviews

The latest edition of the venerable tome JavaScript: The Definitive Guide is a sorely needed update. I guess it took Ajax, Web 2.0, and an intervening five years to revive interest in in this quirky client-side language. The fourth edition, while still providing a good formal specification of the language, had fallen woefully out of Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 11:05 am
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4.1 rating from 30 votes

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