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PHP Ajax Cookbook
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Rajesh Jeba R. Anbiah
December 8, 2011
Week: 5 All time: 397
The second chapter is focused in the basic tasks we can use AJAX. It explains how to validate a form using Ajax, make form wizards, upload files, rating system, displaying dynamic tables and pagination system. Those recipes are developed using jQuery in the client side.
In third chapter it describes useful jQuery tools to use with AJAX such as making tool tips, creating autocomplete from a database, building a tab navigation, scrolling content, creating an image slider, creating page-less pagination, loading images using Lightbox, growing text-area using the jGrow plug-in, HTML replacement of the select drop-down, improving date selection with date picker, Drag and drop functionality, making a shopping cart, sorting and filtering data and adding visual effects and animations.
All of them are jQuery examples usage of jQuery-UI that can be used with AJAX, but they created examples that are not using AJAX. I miss AJAX examples in this chapter. I think it is collection of jQuery examples that use jQuery plug-ins.
The forth chapter covers advanced topics such as a chat system using Comet technique using jQuery, charting using Google chart API, a CAPTCHA using HTML 5 canvas and displaying data in a grid using DataTables jQuery plug-in. As in the previous chapter, the PHP part is not used, or it covers how to use these techniques without proper AJAX examples.
The seventh chapter exposes best practices to build Ajax sites such as avoiding HTML markup-specific coding, security issues, SEO friendly AJAX sites (it is a pity it doesn't describe Hijax technique), preserving browser history and Comet implementation using PHP and AJAX.
The eighth chapter introduces how to use SOAP, REST and XML-RPC web services. It shows examples how to use Flicker, Twitter, Google translate, Google Maps, ipinfodb (to get the location of ip addresses, cities and countries) and foxrate currency conversion APIs.
The last chapter explains how to use jQueryTouch plug-in and HTML5 in mobile devices and how to use PhoneGap to develop mobile applications for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows mobile and Symbian devices with the same development.
This book covers different types of tasks with real examples using common services from the most popular APIs.
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