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Book Release: Bulletproof AJAX by Jeremy Keith

The Book is Aimed at Front-End Developers and Designers, Not Hard Core Developers

(SYS-CON Media) A new book on AJAX, Bulletproof Ajax by Jeremy Keith has been released. This book is a step-by-step guide to enhancing Web sites with Ajax. The book is published by New Riders Press and will be released in February 2007.

Announcing the book in his online journal, Keith (pictured) says, “I wouldn’t have written this book if I didn’t feel there was a need for it. On the face of it, another book on Ajax doesn’t seem to be filling a niche. After all, there’s no shortage of Ajax books out there. But most of those Ajax books are written for programmers. Generally they’re aimed at server-side programmers well-versed in a “proper” programming language like Java, and who must now come to grips with JavaScript.

Bulletproof Ajax is different. It’s aimed at front-end developers and designers: the kind of people who are already well-versed in web standards; CSS, (X)HTML, and maybe a dab of JavaScript. But it’s certainly not aimed at hardcore programmers.

Just to be clear: this book is not a cookbook of code. Yes, there is code in there to illustrate the concepts but it’s the concepts that are really important. The code is meant simply as a starting point. I go into far more detail on the design challenges and philosophical implications of Ajax. That’s why I think people will either love this book or hate it.”

The author has created a website to go with the book. Bulletproof Ajax is available to pre-order from Amazon.

Jeremy Keith is a web developer living and working in Brighton, England. Working with the web consultancy firm Clearleft, Jeremy enjoys building accessible, elegant websites using the troika of web standards: XHTML, CSS and the DOM. Jeremy is a member of the Web Standards Project where he serves as joint leader of the DOM Scripting Task Force. When he's not building websites, Jeremy plays bouzouki in the alt.country band Salter Cane. He is also the creator and curator of one of the Web's largest online communities dedicated to Irish traditional music, The Session. His online home is adactio.com.

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