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Kris, on your book

 
Wayne Riddle
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What level of user is it aimed at? Say I;ve done web development using HTML/ASP, with a little PHP tossed in from time to time, but hardly a JavaScript expert, would your book leave me scratching my head or if someone has some basic knowledge will they be okay?

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Most questions posted over the next few days will be aimed at Kris regarding his book. Please use more descriptive subjects when posting. Thanks.
 
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Hi Wayne,

If you are comfortable with basic HTML, ASP and PHP, this book will help you with the JavaScript side of things. While I do not cover a lot of basic Ajax concepts I do explain how to write object-oriented JavaScript, create a reusable Ajax engine and how to structure your code.
 
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Thanks for the reply. What do you consider the basic Ajax concepts?
 
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Wayne, I would consider basic Ajax concepts to include making requests and parsing the responses. Although I do cover these topics in the beginning of the book, I don't spend much time on them. I do however explain how to structure and parse XML with the components, so while the concepts are covered, they are covered in more complex situations. Hope this makes sense, let me know if it doesn't.
 
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Originally posted by Kris Hadlock:
I do however explain how to structure and parse XML with the components,


I'm pretty comfortable with XML concepts and parsing, but don't quite "get" JSON. While I understand the theoretical description I haven't grasped practical implementation of it, for example, how do I construct a JSON response from the (probably Java-based) server? How do I deal with the response?

I'd like to know if you also touch on the use of JSON in AJAX applications.

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Chapter 3, The Response does have a section about JSON. I cover how to structure and parse it in an Ajax application. I have also written an article on JSON for InformIT called Advanced Ajax with JSON, which explains how to create complex JSON data transfers between the client and server, by using AJAX and the JSON parser. If you are looking for more information about Ajax you can visit my blog below where I feature all of my articles.
 
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