Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Ext JS in Action: The Table Layout

Category: Books

Jesus Garcia kindly gave us excerpts from his book Ext JS in Action. Now he is back with a new excerpt from a chapter on the Table Layout (download PDF): The table layout gives you complete control over how you want to visually organize your components. Many of us are used to building HTML tables Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:45 am

3.1 rating from 63 votes

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Designing Web Interfaces with Bill Scott and Theresa Neil

Category: Books, UI, Usability

Bill Scott presented Designing Web Interfaces, a slideshow based on core items from his book (co-authored by Theresa Neil). There are some really interesting posts on the site, such as 30 Essential Controls. Theresa has been pinging the major frameworks and will be posting a matrix of coverage by the various frameworks. But more generally Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:05 am

4.3 rating from 15 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

3.8 rating from 34 votes

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja: A sneak peak for Ajaxians

Category: Books, JavaScript

John Resig is working on the Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja book, which I am sure will be a success. Manning has been kind enough to give us a sneak peak at some of the chapters: How closures work This content introduces the closure, an important aspect of JavaScript, and describes its use. It goes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:59 am

4.1 rating from 52 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

3.9 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Book Excerpt: Practical Prototype and, Advanced Ajax Chapter 4

Category: Books, Prototype

Andrew Dupont has written Practical Prototype and and has kindly given us a chapter excerpt to peruse. You can download chapter 4 in PDF format here. The chapter covers “Ajax: Advanced Client/Server Communication”: By now, you’re almost certainly familiar with Ajax as a buzzword. Technically, it’s an acronym—Asynchronous JavaScript and XML — and refers Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am

4.4 rating from 31 votes

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Exclusive Mastering Dojo Chapters

Category: Books, Dojo

Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill, and Alex Russell, along with the Pragmatic Programmers themselves have been kind enough to give the Ajaxian community some exclusive extracts from the Mastering Dojo beta book. What do we have on the docket? First, we have details on the Dojo DOM Apis. Specifically, the author takes us through a challenge Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:10 pm

3.9 rating from 43 votes

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

JavaScript: The Good Parts

Category: Books

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:05 am

3.8 rating from 47 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

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Book: Practical DWR 2

Category: Books, DWR

Frank Zammetti has authored the first book dedicated to DWR, Practical DWR 2 (Amazon). Joe Walker wrote a foreward which he posted, and here is Frank’s personal message: Ajax represents a brave, new(ish) world of web development where coding on the client is just as important as on the server side. Hundreds of libraries exist Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:24 am
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4.4 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Eloquent JavaScript

Category: Books

Marijn Haverbeke has put together an online book titled Eloquent JavaScript that not only has some nice content, but incorporates an integrated interface for editing and running example programs. Introduction Basic JavaScript: values, variables, and control flow Functions Data structures: Objects and Arrays Error Handling Functional Programming Searching Object-oriented Programming Modularity Regular Expressions Web programming: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:57 am

4.3 rating from 40 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

4.1 rating from 32 votes

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Untold JavaScript Secrets

Category: Books

John Resig has some JavaScript secrets that he wishes to tell in a new book, and wants your help in getting more. Some on the tip of his tongue are: What is (function(){ })() and why is it so fundamentally important to modern JavaScript development? What does with(){…} do and why is it so useful? Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:08 am

3.9 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Prototype 1.6, 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 1.8 Released “Prototype and 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

4 rating from 58 votes

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Adobe AIR Free Book Download

Category: Adobe, Books

Mike Chambers and the Adobe AIR crew have generously released the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) for JavaScript Developers Pocket Guide (Amazon) under a creative commons license. They have given us an electronic copy available for download for free, here. The pocket guide covers: Introduction to AIR Getting Started with AIR development Working with JavaScript and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:34 am

4 rating from 129 votes