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Real-World AJAX Book Preview: The Essential AJAX Pieces
AJAX is a set of technologies that are now all part of most contemporary browsers
By: Kurt Cagle
Mar. 8, 2007 09:45 PM
This content is reprinted from Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters published by SYS-CON Books. To order the entire book now along with companion DVDs for the special pre-order price, click here for more information. Aimed at everyone from enterprise developers to self-taught scripters, Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters is the perfect book for anyone who wants to start developing AJAX applications.
This chapter will explore most of the canonical elements of AJAX on the client and get into some of the grittier details about how exactly an AJAX application works. It will also stray a bit off course and show how AJAX applications can use some of the more advanced capabilities on browsers (such as XPath and XSLT) to simplify the underlying development process, though perhaps at the cost of some portability.
The Essential AJAX Pieces
On the client, in particular, what has come to be called AJAX can best be broken down into the following areas:
Besides these four elements, there are two more that are found in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox:
XSLT: This transforms XML content into other XML content and works quite effectively for building rich objects from data streams.
These will be covered in greater depth at the end of this chapter.
This content is reprinted from Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters published by SYS-CON Books. To order the entire book now along with companion DVDs, click here to order.
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