was written by yours truly and seven different contributors, many of whom are among the innovators, bloggers, and early adopters who helped give Ajax and its
source tools the boost it enjoys today. They are senior web
and developers whose
stretch from Bangalore to San Francisco, a scope reflecting the diverse and serendipitous nature by which the writers found this book and the book
its writers. (See the Credits for more details on these writers.)
collects not only dozens of easy-to-grasp, cutting-edge explorations of Ajax technology, such as Google/Yahoo! mapping mash-ups, drag-and-drop bookstores, and
web services apps, but a large number of hacks that represent practical advice for Ajax developers.
. Chapter 7 focuses on a practical and new web application framework with
Ajax tools including Ruby on Rails.
A number of the contributions are hacks in the original, clever sense of the
, exploring topics such as using algorithms and Flash objects to simulate a browser history list and store Ajax-
data offline, configuring Apache to fix the
cross-domain restrictions, running a search engine inside your browser, and mashing up Yahoo! Maps with a location-to-URL service called GeoURL.
Some of the
limitations, and another that creates an RSS feed reader for an Ajax application. These are hacks that push the envelope, just as we approach the cusp of this web model's formulation. At the same time, web developers can adapt a number of this book's hacks, some of which are distributed as open source libraries, for their own applications.