XMLHttpRequest & Ajax Frameworks and Toolkits

15 Days Of jQuery (#)

As the website says: jquery is the Swiss Army knife of javascript - it's small, versatile, and has almost zero learning curve, and 15 Days Of jQuery covers varied and popular tasks such as Ajax requests, inline editing, multiple file upload and accessible unobtrusive JavaScript tabs.

The idea behind jquery is that it is a lightweight library that can do many of the UI things people are looking for. As a vote of confidence, it was chosen as the JS library for Drupal.

DED|Chain JavaScript Library (#)

Dustin Diaz comes out with DED|Chain, a library that provides the ability to chain ala jQuery but with the Yahoo! UI. It's early days, but it looks interesting, simple and easy (or as he says: Fun!).

Dojo - DojoToolkit.org (#)

Having taken a year to develop, Dojo looks to be an interesting new Open Source Ajax and DHTML toolkit. They have a mailing list, wiki and IRC node for support. Be sure and check out the "Slideshow Widget Example".

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The latest from my personal website,
Mike Papageorge.com

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..