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Ajax in Action by Darren James, Eric Pascarello, Dave Crane

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Chapter 2. First steps with Ajax

This chapter covers

  • Introducing the technologies behind Ajax
  • Using Cascading Style Sheets to define look and feel
  • Using the Document Object Model to define the user interface structure
  • Using XMLHttpRequest to asynchronously contact the server
  • Putting the pieces together

In chapter 1 we focused on users and how Ajax can assist them in their daily activities. Most of us are developers, and so, having convinced ourselves that Ajax is a Good Thing, we need to know how to work with it. The good news is that, as with many brand-new, shiny technologies, most of this process will be reasonably familiar already, particularly if you’ve worked with the Internet.

In this chapter, we’ll explain the Ajax technology. ...

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