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Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action

Dave Crane and Bear Bibeault with Tom Locke
  • March 2007
  • ISBN 9781933988030
  • 544 pages
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Shows how Prototype and Scriptaculous let you concentrate on what's important: implementing your ideas.

Thomas Fuchs, Creator of Scriptaculous
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Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action is a comprehensive, practical guide that walks you feature-by-feature through the two libraries. First, you'll use Scriptaculous to make easy but powerful UI improvements. Then you'll dig into Prototype's elegant and sparse syntax. See how a few characters of Prototype code can save a dozen lines of JavaScript. By applying these techniques, you can concentrate on the function and flow of your application instead of the coding details.

about the technology

Common Ajax tasks should be easy, and with Prototype and Scriptaculous they are. Prototype and Scriptaculous are libraries of reusable JavaScript code that simplify Ajax development. Prototype provides helpful methods and objects that extend JavaScript in a safe, consistent way. Its clever Ajax request model simplifies cross-browser development. Scriptaculous, which is based on Prototype, offers handy pre-fabricated widgets for rich UI development.

what's inside

  • Explore Prototype's Ajax helper classes
  • How to add Scriptaculous effects and controls
  • Closures in JavaScript
  • Over 100 working examples
  • Covers Prototype 1.5

about the reader

This book is written for web developers with a working knowledge of JavaScript.

about the author

Dave Crane is an Ajax authority and lead author of the best-selling Ajax in Action. He is currently senior developer for UK-based Historic Futures Ltd., developing the next generation of socially responsible supply-chain systems using Ajax to link rural cooperatives and multinational corporations.

Michael "Bear" Bibeault is a US-based Java programmer with over 20 years' experience in enterprise and Web applications. He's a popular moderator on JavaRanch and coauthor of Manning's Ajax in Practice.

Tom Locke is an UK-based independent web developer and trainer specializing in Ruby on Rails. He is the creator of Logix, a multi-language programming system, and the CTO of LiveLogix.

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Of all the books on my shelf, this is the one I go to the most.

Philip Hallstrom, CardPlayer.com

Simplifies Ajax development - a great reference.

Mark Eagle, MATRIX Resources, Inc.

Can't wait to implement ideas from this book!

Jeff Cunningham, The Weather Channel Interactive
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