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any good books on ajax?

tro vial
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am familiar with javascript, and css, but no expert.

would like a book that would explain the concepts behind ajax.

Found a few, but allways referring to PHP on the server side, was looking for something with java, or isnt much of a difference on the server side?

NOTE: edited after reading Bear Bibeault follow up post to my original one, wich was in fact very short on information.

thnks Bear Bibeault



Bear Bibeault
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Ajax in Action is a good general book on the subject, thought its examples are a bit dated.

If you want to use jQuery to do your Ajax, my book jQuery in Action has enough info in chapter 8 to get you going.

Perhaps you can give us some more context in which to make recommendations? How familiar are you with JavaScript? How will you be using Ajax? What server-side language will you be using (Java? PHP? Other?) And so on ...


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tro vial
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Joined: May 22, 2012
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would like to use java on the server side

am familiar with javascript, and css, but no expert.

would like a book that would explain the concepts behind ajax.

Found a few, but allways referring to PHP on the server side, was looking for something with java
Bear Bibeault
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There are a number of books devoted to using Ajax with PHP, but I'm not sure of any that focus exclusively on Java. JQuery in Action uses Java and JSP as its server-side language.

But to be honest, to just learn the client side of Ajax, the server side isn't all that important.

Are you just tying to learn how to use Ajax, or how to write Java on the server to handle Ajax? If the latter, requests are handled in the same way -- what changes is what is returned as the response (for example, JSON or HTML fragments rather than full HTML pages).
tro vial
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yes, was wondering if there is a big difference using java, PHP or other technologies.

or if the bulk is on the client side.
Bear Bibeault
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From the client-side point of view, it's completely moot what's going on on the server. Ajax just sees the HTTP response that comes back and it doesn't matter what created it.

From the practical standpoint, you obviously need to use a server-side language to create the responses -- but what is chosen doesn't matter as far as Ajax is concerned.
 
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