The Prototype and script.aculo.us 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.
When it comes to advanced UI features, script.aculo.us 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 17, 2007
Publisher Pragmatic Bookshelf
ISBN 1934356018 ISBN13 9781934356012 UPC 852766001414
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More About Christophe Porteneuve
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 script.aculo.us" in 2007, and sometimes speaks at conferences such as The Ajax Experience. He's the CTO of Ciblo.net in Paris, France, where he lives with his wife, Elodie.
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
Great Prototype Reference May 2, 2008
Content is spread over 400 pages and 20 chapters. The writing is solid and right to the point.
Good Example Driven Book Mar 23, 2008
Worth it alone for the Prototype section Mar 11, 2008
This book builds upon the existing Prototype documentation found at http://prototypejs.org/api 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