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Head Rush AJAX

Alec Lee
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Did anyone read this book? How good is it? What is covered and what is the prerequisite knowledge to learn AJAX from it? I am expecting good things on Head first style book.
Christophe Verré

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It's a very brain-friendly introduction to Ajax. You'll gulp all the basic stuff in no time, as it's very easy and quick to read. You'll learn about asynchronous requests, how to send and receive data, how to play with the DOM...

Server-side script is PHP, but it's easy to read, for anybody who knows some basics on programming.
You need some basics on HTML, Javascript and CSS, but I think that it's readable even for somebody who knows little about it.

Some people complain that it contains lots of repetition. The learning content is not huge, but it will stick in your brain If you're a fan of the Head First series, you'll fell at home. Those complaining were probably looking for some more technical books.

If you're looking for some hard stuff, you'd better look at Ajax In Action. If all you need is a good intro to Ajax, and to get ready to code in no time, then you can read Head Rush Ajax.

You can check out a sample chapter at O'Reilly's homepage.

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