Item description for Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action [Ajax] by Dave Crane, Bear Bibeault & Tom Locke...
Prototype and Scriptaculous are libraries that extend standard Ajax. They make it easier to program Ajax and provide powerful features like drag and drop and animation. In this book, developers learn by playing and see how the libraries work in the real world.
This book guides the reader through the Prototype and Scriptaculous libraries feature-by-feature. In just 350 pages, readers will find over 100 small working examples to help them explore the libraries. As well, they will develop a web-based image gallery that teacher them how to use Prototype and Scriptaculous in the real-world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 21, 2007
Publisher Manning Publications
ISBN 1933988037 ISBN13 9781933988030
Availability 0 units.
More About Dave Crane, Bear Bibeault & Tom Locke
Dave Crane has more than 10 years of experiencein information technology, using Java, PHP, Python, UNIX, etc. in the fields of digital television, banking, and sustainable development. He is also a best-selling author of several Ajax books in the industry.
Reviews - What do customers think about Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action [Ajax]?
Excellent Work!!! Jul 21, 2008
Verbose wording, shallow details, & simple examples Mar 24, 2008
Overkill/ repetitive explanations of simple codes and examples. I would recommend reading "Prototype & Scriptaculous" published by the "Pragmatic Programmers" instead - they consistently publish concise, detailed books that are highly rated by readers.
Some Basic Errors, but Generally a Good Tutorial Dec 23, 2007
I was looking for a good intro to Scriptaculous and Prototype and this books is pretty good. There are a few irritating things, however. First, the visual illustrations for Chapter 8 are completely wrong. There is a new Chapter 8 posted on the book website.
Second, while some of the code is included in the download (also available from the site), not all is - especially all of the "snippets" which take up all of Chapters 8-11. While most of the "snippets" are under 50 lines of code, it is still annoying - especially when they provide a scratchpad application specifically to run the snippets.
Overall, the problems are not deal-killers, they just show a lack of attention to detail on the part of the book team.
Exactly what I hoped for, and more Oct 11, 2007
Top-notch tome Jun 24, 2007
This is a comprehensive book. The size (510 pages) was initially intimidating, but Prototype and Scriptaculous In Action is exceedingly well written and a genuine pleasure to read. The thorough and thoughtful organization of the book provides some real structure to the discussion, making complex subjects easily digestible. This is the defacto bible of Prototype and Scriptaculous, and these days I turn to this book more than anything else on my shelf.
I'll summarize the four parts of the book:
Part 1, Getting Started, introduces the Prototype and Scriptaculous libraries, focusing heavily on Prototype and Ajax. There's a lot of information on re-designing an existing site for Ajax. Two full chapters are devoted to Prototype's Ajax features. You can get up and running VERY quickly after glancing through these chapters. There's also a lot of depth, and consideration is given to the pervasive effects Ajax has on architectural issues and the new ways that an application will have to manage HTTP traffic.
Part 2, Scriptaculous Quickly, covers effects, controls and drag-n-drop. This is hands-down the best Scriptaculous documentation currently available, anywhere. The core effects are explored and tweaked, and there's lot of very practical examples demonstrating some of the niftiest stuff, like running effects in parallel versus sequentially. And the drag-and-drop coverage is incredibly clear, making it easy, almost trivial, to implement. The Scriptaculous coverage is indispensable, and you'll return to it again and again if you implement Scriptaculous-enabled pages.
And finally, Part 4 Advanced Topics, has two unrelated chapters. The first chapter overhauls an example app, giving it a Prototype and Scriptaculous makeover. The last chapter is about integration with Ruby on Rails. Prototype was initially written as the Ajax interface to Rails, so there's some strong integration.