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ASP.NET AJAX in Action [Paperback]

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Item description for ASP.NET AJAX in Action by Alessandro Gallo, David Barkol & Rama Krishna Vavilala...

Ajax has revolutionized the way users interact with web pages today. Gone are frustrating page refreshes, lost scroll positions and intermittent interaction with a web site. Instead, we have a new generation of fast, rich, and more intuitive web applications. The ASP.NET AJAX framework puts the power of Ajax into the hands of web developers. ASP.NET AJAX, formerly called Atlas, is a new free framework from Microsoft designed to easily add Ajax features to ASP.NET applications. With this technology, ASP.NET developers can easily build more interactive and highly-personalized web applications that work across all most popular browsers.

ASP.NET AJAX in Action is a fast-paced, example-rich tutorial designed for ASP.NET web developers and written by ASP.NET AJAX experts Alessandro "Garbin" Gallo, David Barkol, and Rama Krishna Vavilala. This book introduces you to Ajax applications and to the ASP.NET AJAX technology. Beginners will appreciate the clear explanations of key ideas and terminology. Intermediate and advanced ASP.NET developers will find a no-nonsense learning source and well-organized reference.

ASP.NET AJAX in Action offers a rich set of examples and meticulous explanations. The extensive code samples are accompanied by accurate and rigorous explanations of the concepts behind development with ASP.NET AJAX. In this book, you will discover how to use

  • Microsoft Ajax Library
  • Partial rendering with UpdatePanels
  • Advanced client and server techniques
  • Ajax Control Toolkit

    If you are a web developer looking to bring your web pages to life and to enhance the user experience, this book is for you.

    ASP.NET AJAX in Action will give you with the knowledge and tools you need to more easily craft the next generation of Ajax applications. With the help of the Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX framework, Ajax development has never been easier and more instinctive for both client-script developers and ASP.NET developers alike.

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    Item Specifications...

    Pages   538
    Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
    Weight:   2.14 lbs.
    Binding  Softcover
    Release Date   Aug 24, 2007
    Publisher   Manning Publications
    ISBN  1933988142  
    ISBN13  9781933988146  

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    More About Alessandro Gallo, David Barkol & Rama Krishna Vavilala

    Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alessandro "Garbin" Gallo is a Microsoft MVP in the Visual ASP/ASP.NET category and has been an active contributor for the Ajax Control Toolkit project. As a .NET developer/consultant with a primary focus on ASP.NET application design and development, Alessandro has been developing with ASP.NET AJAX since the very first CTP. Notably, he won the Grand Prize at the Mash-it-up with ASP.NET AJAX contest held by Microsoft in 2006.

    Alessandro Gallo was born in 1955 and died in 1991.

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    Reviews - What do customers think about ASP.NET AJAX in Action?

    Who should be allowed to review?  Jul 2, 2008
    I wonder why people who did not buy the book but are allowed to review the book. This opens the door for many dishonest reviews.
    Thorough and intelligent  Jun 3, 2008
    I really enjoyed this book. Not only does it explain things thoroughly but the author also gives very intelligent, practical examples to help flesh out the theory. It's really good.
    Frustrating Examples  May 27, 2008
    WARNING: Examples are in C#
    I purchased this book due to the abundance of positive reviews. Unfortunately, the author/publisher fails to include in their description that the examples are based in C#. I was looking for VB. (Note to ALL publishers of technical books: Be VERY SPECIFIC in your Product Description as to what language your examples are based in. If you don't, then you are just pushing paper for the purpose of making a sale....) While I have some experience in C#, converting the examples to VB became a nightmare! And, even when I did try running the examples in their native C#, several failed.

    During the first chapter the author provides some quick and dirty examples of Ajax as implemented by Microsoft. In doing so, he gives you the code in well explained fragments, but, leaves out some key points. Mainly, the fact that the JavaScript (your code) to be used with MS/Ajax MUST come AFTER the asp:ScriptManager declaration. Which means that you cannot include your .js code in the "header" section of a web page (as many experienced JavaScript programmers would do...). When MS compiles a page, it adds it's own .js code AFTER it encounters the asp:ScriptManager tag. Therefore, any .js code you add, MUST come AFTER the asp:ScriptManage tag. This is a CRUCIAL point the author left out. If the author had mentioned this, I wouldn't have wasted an hour trying to figure out why his example kept blowing up on me. There are a number of examples that required you to add or include something that wasn't mentioned. Generally trivial things, but annoying to troubleshoot none the less.

    While the depth and coverage of the material is very good, giving plenty of under-the-hood information about AJAX and Microsoft's implementation of such, this is almost nullified by the fact that the code examples are continually presented out of order. A (very annoying) example of this is in chapter 5 where the author attempts to explain how to make cross domain calls to the Yahoo mapping API. The author provides the code to create a webservice (GeocodeService) that includes a reference to a class (Location) that isn't provided until later, which has a reference to another class (YahooProvider) that isn't explained until after that...(lather, frustrate, repeat, or should it be rinse, repeat, lather?) Had the examples been presented from inside-out it would have been easier to code and follow in a step-by-step manner. Instead, you are constantly required to read ahead, then code from back to front. Annoying to say the least.

    Had the examples been better organized, and more explicit on including that button, the onclick event, the assembly reference, etc., it would have been a four or five star book. Instead, the frustration factor made the attempt to learn-by-example impractical.
    MUST GET - If you want to get under the covers  May 25, 2008
    Ok for me its a must have book.
    Why because I want to know all about what the micrsoft javascipt injection is actually doing, how I debug applications with it, how I make it leaner (versa using CSSQuery,JQuery and MooTools), how I wire up events and become articulate with this tecnology. You can use the MS Ajax framework on its own in say PHP.
    So this book is really all about the client side of MS Ajax. If you are familiar with javascript libs like prototype.js you can absorbe this book easy. If you are a UI/Frontend developer then this is a must have.
    If you are a PHP developer then why not use it to pick up a robust framework.
    If you are a C# UI developer this will allow you to go beyond stuff that all the other can only drag and drop from the toolbar.
    Worth while looking at writing control extenders in 3.5 as this would be the place to put the results of your ajax efforts (write one - use many).
    Extraordinary Book on ASP.NET AJAX  May 14, 2008
    Like many people who develop ASP.NET applications for a living, I was extremely interested in learning about ASP.NET AJAX. This is the only book I bought on the subject, and it has been extraordinary. I can't recommend it highly enough. Read this book and you'll be an expert.

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