Learn How to Write Faster, Lighter, Better PHP Applications with AJAX

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Published by Packt, Building Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and PHP is a new book that teaches you how to successfully mix client and server ingredients to build complete pieces of web functionality.

Taking you step-by-step through the foundations, Building Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and PHP teaches you how to successfully mix client and server ingredients to build complete pieces of web functionality. If you want to create new AJAX-enabled PHP web applications, or add AJAX functionality to existing ones, you'll find in this book a friendly and practical tutorial.

At its roots, AJAX is a mix of technologies that lets you get rid of the page reload, which represent the dead time when navigating from one page to another. Eliminating page reloads is just one step away from enabling more complex features in web sites, such as drag and drop, real time data validation, and other tasks that weren't traditionally associated with web applications. Although the AJAX ingredients are mature, their new role in the new wave of web trends is very young, and more changes will be witnessed before the arrival of the much anticipated Web 2.0.

“AJAX is a complex phenomenon that means different things to different people” notes Cristian Darie, author of Building Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and PHP. He goes on to explain that “computer users appreciate that their favorite websites are now friendlier and feel more responsive. Web developers learn new skills that empower them to create sleek web applications with little effort.”

The authors of the book take a pragmatic approach by teaching patterns and best practices that avoid the common pitfalls and achieve the functionality readers are likely to need sooner or later, such as real-time server-enabled form validation, autocompletion, a data grid, charting with SVG, and much more.

Building Responsive Web Applications with AJAX and PHP is published by Packt and will be released in February 2006. For more information, please visit http://www.packtpub.com/ajax_php/book

Packt, pronounced Packed, published its first book Mastering phpMyAdmin for Effective MySQL Management in April 2004 and subsequently continued to specialize in publishing focused books on specific technologies and solutions.

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Packt is a modern, unique publishing company with a focus on producing cutting-edge books for communities of developers, administrators, and newbies alike.

Packt believes in Open Source. When they sell a book written on an Open Source project, they pay a royalty directly to that project. Therefore, as a result of purchasing one of their Open Source books, Packt will have given some of the money received to the Open Source project.

In the long term, Packt see itself and its customers and readers, as part of the Open Source ecosystem, providing sustainable revenue for the projects they publish on. The aim at Packt is to establish publishing royalties as an essential part of the service and support business model that sustains Open Source.

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