XMLHttpRequest & Ajax Tutorials

Ajax tutorials to help you get on the way to setting up your first Ajax enabled application.

Easy Ajax with Prototype (#)

A brilliant idea from Drew McLellan that features this bit on getting started with prototype.js. A straightforward example to getting your feet wet with Ajax and prototype.

Getting Started with Ajax (#)

By way of a simple addressbook, Getting Started with Ajax provides concise instructions to building a widget with Ajax and fleshes out two examples: one that returns HTML and another that returns XML.

60 More AJAX Tutorials (#)

There is no way I'll be able to check all of these out, but with 60 Ajax tutorials listed, each with it's own description, you're bound to find something useful in this collection!

Build Your Own AJAX Web Applications - SitePoint Books (#)

I haven't had time to read the free sample chapters yet, but this offering from Sitepoint looks interesting as it promises, amongst other things, to teach one how to Create an AJAX search application that pulls data from Amazon, del.icio.us, and Google, Fix the Back button problem, Use JSON, YAML, and XML to communicate with the server and Build an AJAX drag 'n' drop chess game.

The book also comes with a free 16 minute video about Ajax.

Note that I have linked this up with affiliate links.

HOWTO: Animated Live Search (#)

A simple and straightforward explanation of how to build an animated search by Steve Smith of Orderedlist.com. It's not live as in "search as you type" live, but it does fetch and display the search results without reloading the page.

While his example is Wordpress specific on the PHP site, this shouldn't be hard to plug into your own system if need be.

AJAX Hello World with JPSpan (#)

Joshua Eichorn builds a "Hello World" AJAX application using JPSpan. He walks you thru the steps and in the end provides a working example and the source code to make it happen. If you want to quickly dissect a simple working Ajax app, give this a try.

AJAX Hello World with Sajax (#)

The first in a series, Joshua Eichorn builds a "Hello World" AJAX application using Sajax. He walks you thru the steps and in the end provides a working example and the source code to make it happen. Like the jspan example, this is a nice simple tutorial to dissect your way into Ajax.

AJAX: Usable Interactivity with Remote Scripting (#)

This article aims to give you an introduction to the foundations of remote scripting, in particular, the emerging XMLHttpRequest protocol. We'll then walk through an example application that demonstrates how to implement that protocol, while creating a usable interface.

Rasmus' 30 second AJAX Tutorial (#)

If ever anyone asks for a simple explanation or example of Ajax, this is the one: it really isn't as complicated as a lot of people make it out to be...

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SiteUptime Web Site Monitoring Service

Sitepoint's web devlopment books have helped me out on many occasions both for finding a quick solution to a problem but also to level out my knowlegde in weaker areas (JavaScript, I'm looking at you!). I am recommending the following titles from my bookshelf:

The Principles Of Successful Freelancing

I started freelancing by diving in head first and getting on with it. Many years and a lot of experience later I was still able to take away some gems from this book, and there are plenty I wish I had thought of beforehand. If you are new to freelancing and have a lot of questions (or maybe don't know what questions to ask!) do yourself a favor and at least check out the sample chapters.

The Art & Science Of JavaScript

The author line-up for this book says it all. 7 excellent developers show you how to get your JavaScript coding up to speed with 7 chapters of great theory, code and examples. Metaprogramming with JavaScript (chapter 5 from Dan Webb) really helped me iron out some things I was missing about JavaScript. That said each chapter really helped me to develop my JavaScript skills beyond simple Ajax calls and html insertion with libs like JQuery.

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Like the other books listed here, this provides a great reference for the PHP developer looking to have the right answers from the right people at their fingertips. I tend to pull this off the shelf when I need to delve into new territory and usually find a workable solution to keep development moving. This only needs to happen once and you recoup the price of the book in time saved from having to develop the solution or find the right pattern for getting the job done..