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Ajax Starter Kit by Phil Ballard

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<pre>Author/s : Phil Ballard
Publisher : Sams
Category : Web Design, HTML and JavaScript
Review by : Christophe Verre
Rating : 7 horseshoes
This kit comes with an Ajax Quick Start Guide and CD.

First of all, the Quick Start Guide, which actually is a book called "Sams Teach Yourself AJAX in 10 Minutes". You'll get introduced to Web technologies, such as HTML and JavaScript. Then starts a fast paced Ajax introduction where you will learn what Ajax is. It goes straight to the point so don't expect detailed explanations, but nothing should leave you clueless. There is a nice chapter on Ajax common traps, which explains what you should take care of when developing in Ajax. I wish there were such a chapter on debugging too. Finally, you are introduced to some common Ajax libraries, like Prototype and Rico.

The CD contains sample files, utilities, Ajax libraries, and an amazing PDF file. This PDF contains six books in one. You get the "Ajax Quick Start Guide", "Sams Teach Yourself (STY) JavaScript in 24 Hours", "STY XML in 10 Minutes", "STY HTML in 10 Minutes", "STY CSS in 10 minutes", and "STY PHP in 10 minutes", all in the same PDF.

All in all, this Starter Kit gives you a quick overview of what Ajax is. If you're impatient to know about Ajax, this 200 pages guide will suit you. If you don't know anything about HTML, CSS or JavaScript, then this package can be handy. If you are looking for something more practical, you will need some other materials, as there is no good tutorial in this guide.

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[ September 13, 2007: Message edited by: Book Review Team ]
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