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Review: Beginning Ajax with ASP.NET

First let me say thanks to Craig Shoemaker for sending me a copy of this book.  Yes, I know it has been a while since it came out, but I just finally got around to going through it.  In that time Craig has been working on another book and Microsoft has renamed Atlas to ASP.NET Ajax.

Craig, Wally, Paul and Scott packed this text with gems, not only on Ajax, but also the technologies that it grew up from.

The book covers how we got to this point.  They start all the way back with JavaScript and the DOM and go right through XMLHTTPRequest and JSON.

The topics contained are a broad swipe at Ajax.  This 400 page book addresses the Ajax-like features of ASP.NET 2.0 and how they work.  It then goes on to focus on the Ajax.NET Professional Library and then gives a brief taste of five other Ajax frameworks.  The final Ajax technology addressed it Atlas.

The features I liked most about the book are that there are lots of code samples and explanations of how things work.  There are some excellent diagrams showing event lifecycles.  The final chapter is one of the best features since it discusses debugging Ajax and its client side Javascript.

The .NET and architecture communities owe this group a lot.  Not only for this book, but for all the wisdom that flows from their blogs, podcasts and speaking at events.  These guys did their homework and worked through ever changing tools to bring us these pearls.  Thanks guys.

posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:27 AM Print
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# re: Review: Beginning Ajax with ASP.NET
Lorin Thwaits
3/29/2007 11:00 AM
Glad you liked the book! I worked a little with Scott on his chapters. His blog can be found here:

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottcate/
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# re: Review: Beginning Ajax with ASP.NET
Tim Murphy
3/29/2007 12:46 PM
Lorin, I can certainly appreciate the hard work. If you have read my earlier posts I wrote three chapters for an upcoming Enterprise Library book. I hope you found the process enlightening.

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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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