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Prototype and You Never Knew JavaScript Could Do This! (Pragmatic Programmers) [Paperback]

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Item description for Prototype and You Never Knew JavaScript Could Do This! (Pragmatic Programmers) by Christophe Porteneuve...

Tired of getting swamped in the nitty-gritty of cross-browser, Web 2.0-grade JavaScript? Get back in the game with Prototype and, two extremely popular JavaScript libraries, that make it a walk in the park. Be it AJAX, drag and drop, auto-completion, advanced visual effects, or many other great features, all you need is write one or two lines of script that look so good they could almost pass for Ruby code!

Web applications are getting richer and richer, with more interaction baked in every day. But JavaScript, DOM, CSS and a full host of other Web standards are quite complex, and the result isn't always browser compliant.

The Prototype and libraries are veritable treasure troves, smoothing over all the usual nitty-gritty differences between browsers, and making most common features a breeze to implement. With this book, you can quickly wield the whole power of these extraordinary libraries.

Dive into Prototype, the library that makes JavaScript so much more powerful, and it looks a lot like Ruby code. Exploring the DOM, handling events, taming AJAX, and radically simplifying most of your scripting code: it all becomes easy-and very portable-with Prototype.

When it comes to advanced UI features, is every web developer's dream come true: whether you need to create auto-completed text inputs, implement in-place editors, provide customized drag-and-drop behaviors, capture your users' attention with visual effects or simply build DOM fragments more efficiently, it's all there, and lightweight too.

This book guides you through all the details of these features, letting you use many technologies on the server side, such as PHP, vanilla Ruby, and Ruby On Rails, in countless examples illustrating every aspect. Power users will also learn the design philosophies of the libraries, and how to contribute to them and augment them for their own needs.

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Pages   436
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 2007
Publisher   Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN  1934356018  
ISBN13  9781934356012  
UPC  852766001414  

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More About Christophe Porteneuve

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christophe Porteneuve has been doing IT R&D for more than 10 years, specializing early in Web development. He joined Prototype Core in 2006, wrote "Prototype and" in 2007, and sometimes speaks at conferences such as The Ajax Experience. He's the CTO of in Paris, France, where he lives with his wife, Elodie.

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Good reference but not a learning book  Sep 13, 2008
I learn best by example, and this book has a but a precious few. Most of the book is a glorified API documentation. I was really looking for a book with a lot of ajax examples ( or even non ajax ones ) but it seems this book does not fit the bill.
Starts Without Explanation  Jun 6, 2008
I approached this book with the expectation that it would teach me in the traditional gradual fashion. You start with some accessible portion and build on the rest. Well, he just starts out of the blocks at a full dash--full complexity--and you really don't know where to begin to understand what he's showing you. So, though I'm sure I could have taken some of his examples and used them, I feel like I did not really get an understanding of the WHY you do it this or that way. So, the ironic effect is that you will benefit the most from this book if you already know how to use these libraries. If you have never used them, then you will be on your own. So, this is NOT an introductory book.
Frankly, I have a good ten years experience using JavaScript and walking the DOM. So, I know my way around client-side scripting. I just felt like the introductory chapters were missing. You're expected to jump right into the hard-core stuff with no buildup, no gradual accumulation of the basics of this library. He was trying to prove how cool the Prototype and Scriptaculous libraries were and so he skipped the actual bones of the book. He skipped to the end and omitted the buildup. Buy this book wtih that caveat, in my opinion.
Great Prototype Reference  May 2, 2008
'Prototype and You Never Knew JavaScript Could Do This!' is a wonderful reference for learning how to use Prototype and writing better and more powerful Javascript code. Pragmatic has a history of publishing good books that are full of stuff and not fluff and this book follows in that tradition. After reading this book you will learn more about this efficient library that makes things easier for web developers, doing things like dragging and dropping, autocomplete code, and event handling that is better than ever before!

Content is spread over 400 pages and 20 chapters. The writing is solid and right to the point.

If you are a Javascript programmer that is looking for a better way to do things, pick up this book and enjoy.

Good Example Driven Book  Mar 23, 2008
I received a review copy of this book, and was able to use some of the code examples to jazz up a site I was building. The examples are very well written, and the code works. If you are into programming in javascript, this book is worth a look.
Worth it alone for the Prototype section  Mar 11, 2008
This book builds upon the existing Prototype documentation found at by putting the API in context. Other than the fact it uses Ruby for the server side examples (I'm sure everyone who reads it will have a differing opinion there), I have to say it was one of the most helpful programming books I've read. The short usage examples that were neatly tucked into the text were very useful and I found myself reading it almost like a novel and able to soak everything in without needing to download or code them out.

I began using Prototype during the middle of last year when it was in version 1.5. There are many welcomed updates in v1.6 and the author does a good job of filling the reader in on the important changes.

I recommend this book to anyone who might have dabbled in Prototype and is looking to take it to the next level. I also think others like myself will benefit who have been using v1.5 and are looking for a good excuse to stay up to date with the framework.

Oh and it covers Scriptaculous too which is great because the web documentation is seriously lacking compared to Prototype and jQuery

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