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Introduction to Ajax

Introduction to Ajax : Client Server Communications on the Web
By Simon, Mark
Book – 2017

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jQuery in Action

jQuery in Action, Third Edition, Bear Bibeault, Manning, 2015

If you are doing the javascript front-end for your web app, then you are probably using the jQuery library, and know it well. But for those of us who are just starting out, this book is a very readable introduction. 300 pages.

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JavaScript The Definitive Guide

JavaScript – The Definitive Guide 6th edition, David Flanagan, David – 2011

Programmers will want to read this book. It was the first and is still the best Javascript reference book. This 6th edition is updated to cover HTML5. The 4th edition is also useful, and has a shorter queue of holds. 1000 pages.

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JavaScript & AJAX for Dummies

book coverJavaScript & AJAX for Dummies / by Andy Harris, Wiley, 2010

When you are learning to program in Javascript, there are many opportunities and many pitfalls. This book will get you past the beginner level fast, and well into the intermediate level. It recommends the Aptana debugger and discusses jQuery at length. 400 pages.

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JavaScript Frameworks : Prototype, YUI, Ext JS, Dojo and MooTools

book coverProfessional JavaScript Frameworks : Prototype, YUI, Ext JS, Dojo and MooTools / Leslie Michael Orchard, Wiley Publishing, 2009

Web app programmers will find this book really useful. 800 pages, well written, practical, with example code. Topics include:

  • The Prototype framework: handling cross-browser events, manipulating common data functions, simplifying AJAX and dynamic data
  • Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) library: using animation and drag and drop, building user interfaces with widgets, working with YUI CSS tools
  • Ext JS framework: talking with the server, using dataviews and grids, dealing with form controls and validation
  • The Dojo framework: manipulating the DOM, composing animators, deploying and expanding Dojo
  • The MooTools framework: enhancing development with MooTools, building user interfaces and using animation
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XML : a Beginner’s Guide

XML : a Beginner’s Guide : go beyond the basics with Ajax, XHTML, XPath 2.0, XSLT 2.0, and XQuery / Steven Holzner, McGraw-Hill, 2009

Programming with AJAX, XSLT, XPath, and XQuery. Well written, many examples, 400 pages.

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JavaScript Programmer’s Reference

JavaScript Programmer’s Reference / Alexei White, Wiley, 2009

This book seems to cover all the details of JavaScript, and is quite readable. The cover claims that it is for the beginner and the seasoned veteran, but the beginner would be better served by one of the other JavaScript books. The author recommends the use of libraries such as jQuery or Prototype, but they are brittle so you need to understand JavaScript.  The book shows how to use plug-ins such as Flash and Silverlight.  A heavy 950 pages.

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Prototype and Scriptaculous IN ACTION

Prototype and Scriptaculous IN ACTION / Dave Crane, Bear Bibeault, Manning, 2007.

There is little sense in coding raw Javascript when libraries like this are available. This book is an excellent introduction and user guide. 500 pages.

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Internet & World Wide Web : how to program

Internet & World Wide Web : how to program / P.J. Deitel, H.M. Deitel, Pearson Prentice Hall 2008

This book is an excellent guide to programming web apps.  Flash, Flex, PHP, Ruby, AJAX, DB’s, CSS, DOM, RSS… A colorful cover that will wake you up, and 1350 pages!!

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Programming ASP.NET 3.5

Programming ASP.NET 3.5 / Jesse Liberty, O’Reilly, 2009

Microsoft has been making great strides in recent years, and many of us need to know how to use its tools. This book is a good way to keep up to date. Examples in ASP, C# and HTML. O’Reilly unfortunately gave us 1100 pages here; usually they condense a topic into fewer pages.