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Ajax on Rails : OREILLY - Scott Raymond

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Published: 17th December 2008
Format: ePUB

Learn to build dynamic, interactive web applications using the two most important approaches to web development today: Ajax and the phenomenally efficient Ruby on Rails platform. This book teaches intermediate to advanced web developers how to use both Ajax and Rails to quickly build high-performance, scalable applications without being overwhelmed with thousands of lines of JavaScript code. More than just recipes, you also get a thorough, low-level understanding of what's happening under the hood. "Ajax on Rails" includes three fully worked out Rails/Ajax applications, and quick reference sections for Prototype and script.aculo.us. Testing lessons show you how to eliminate cross-browser JavaScript errors and DOM debugging nightmares using a combination of Firebug, and Venkman. Advanced material explains the most current design practices for Ajax usability. You'll learn to avoid user experience mistakes with proven design patterns.

Beyond the how-to, "Ajax on Rails" helps you consider when Ajax is (and isn't) appropriate, and the trade-offs associated with it. For those new to Rails, this book provides a quick introduction, the big picture, a walk through the installation process, and some tips on getting started. If you've already started working with Rails and seek to deepen your skill set, you'll find dozens of examples drawn from real-world projects, exhaustive reference for every relevant feature, and expert advice on how to "Ajaxify" your applications.

Introduction Who This Book Is For What Ajax Is What Rails Is `You Got Your Ajax in My Rails!' Getting Up to Speed Summary
Getting Our Feet Wet The Old-Fashioned Way JavaScript Libraries and Prototype Bringing Rails into the Picture Summary
Introducing Prototype Setting the Stage Ajax Links Forms Ajax Forms Buttons Form Observers Summary
Introducing script.aculo.us Visual Effects Drag and Drop Summary
RJS Instructions Instead of Data Putting the R in RJS A Real-World Example Summary
Ajax Usability Principles of Usability The Context of the Web Usability on the Web Cross-Platform Development Summary
Testing and Debugging Debugging Testing Summary
Security Healthy Skepticism: Don't Trust User Input Hashing Passwords Silencing Logs The Same-Origin Policy The Use and Abuse of HTTP Methods Encryption and Secure Certificates The Rails Security Mailing List Summary
Performance Development and Production Environments Session Stores Output Caching Asset Packaging Dealing with Long-Running Tasks Summary
Prototype Reference Ajax Support DOM Manipulation Core Extensions
Script.aculo.us Reference Visual Effects Drag and Drop Controls Element Extensions DOM Builder JavaScript Unit Testing Utility Methods
Review Quiz
Photo Gallery
Intranet Workgroup Collaboration
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ISBN: 9780596527440
ISBN-10: 0596527446
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 13th January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55