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Paperback Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Book

ISBN: 0470392177

ISBN13: 9780470392171

Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX

This book is aimed at experienced ASP.NET developers looking to add AJAX to their applications, and experienced Web developers who want to move to using ASP.NET and AJAX together. The focus here is on how you can extend ASP.NET applications to update portions of the page asynchronously and to add richer UI elements to a page. ASP.NET AJAX makes it easy to enrich your existing application or to design a new application to provide a better experience...

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Good Overall Book

There are quite a bit of books on the market about ASP.NET and AJAX. The book "Professional ASP.NET AJAX" from Wrox is a good overview of the AJAX framework. The authors of the book cover a wide array of subjects that you don't find in every AJAX book. The book covers topics like localization and globalization, custom AJAX controls, web services, the WebRequest object, AjaxControlToolkit overview, and more. As a professional series book, the book does cover a good amount of material to deserve the label. After introducing the reader with the basics, the book moves into the ScriptManager control and all it has to offer, including the new script combining feature. This is followed by a chapter on the back button, history points, and partial updates features. The book covers AJAX networking and using the WebRequest object and its ability to request information from the server, which has the ability to contact the server and receive the updated HTML as a response. This chapter surprisingly didn't cover web services, but an adjacent chapter covers the in-built application and profile services that allow profiling and login/logout functionality all in client script. The book continues to cover state management; error handling and Sys.Debug; and deployment of AJAX-enabled applications. For deployment, there was a lot of information that's important to know about deploying an application I never knew about. The book covers customization; it features developing a custom AJAX control that changes its content on the client-side, along with an AJAX extender using the AJAX Control Toolkit. The book looks at the basics of these, as the development approaches vary significantly. The subsequent chapter focuses on embedding AJAX code into web parts using the existing web part framework. Overall, the book is well-written and conveys its points clearly. I think some of the content is organized in an awkward way; for instance, the book briefly looks at localization early in the book with a good explanation, then features a full chapter later in the book. It felt like it was repeating itself in a few places. The chapters are written fluently; the reading of the book isn't dry at all, which makes for a good tech book.

Very good introductory book updated and improved

Updating and improving upon its predecessor Professional ASP.Net 2.0 AJAX, this book now provides fuller discussion of the AJAX Toolkit and how to build custom client- and server-side controls, and dedicated chapters on animations and localization. It also added one chapter each on how to ajaxify WebParts when building portals and how to enable browser navigation history support, a feature that is not enabled in the framework by default because of overhead in the potential need to create iframes behind the scenes for some browsers. Both additional chapters are very well written and make the book even more valuable. I would have liked to see more discussion of recommended practices addressing security and testing concerns, including availability of AJAX-aware testing tools that work well with the framework. Also, I think that removing the brief section on accessibility concerns with AJAX from the previous edition is a mistake. Overall, however, I like this book very much.
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