A good book I’ve just finished reading (and written a review on) is “Head Rush Ajax“by Brett McLaughlin. Thanks to the freaky layout and writing style (it’s definitely not your typical technical resource!) this was a book that I quickly worked through and at least now I have a firmer grasp of concepts that were just acquaintances before.
For instance, I now know:
- DOM – Wow! What was I missing! I had no idea there was such hidden power in the browser and that so much could be manipulated by accessing the DOM tree 🙂 Of course to seasoned developers the DOM is nothing new – but it was one of those terms I saw referenced and mentioned but never realized it’s application. Understanding DOM is one of those knowledge bits that kind of pieces the puzzle together for so many code snippets that didn’t make sense to me before. Now when I read a bit of Java-script I’ll know what
document.getElementByID("gotcha")means. To any neophyte web-monkey’s reading this…learn DOM!
- XML – Okay I knew a little bit of XML before reading this book but the book helped me understand the far-reaching applications of XML that I didn’t know of before.
- JSON – Hee hee, now when someone mentions JSON I’ll know they aren’t talking about that guy from Friday the 13th.Â This JSON is so much cooler!Â But since the book just scratched the surface on JSON vs. XML there’s a lot more learning that I’ve gotta do with it.
Bottom line, I’m glad I invested a few bucks in the book.Â It will be a good resource for me as I try out AJAX on my own and has opened up a new world of web-application and website prettification that was just a dream for me before.
An added bonus?Â I’ve got some ideas for how I want to improve my Organize Series WordPress Plugin 😉