Bulletproof Ajax is a newly released book from New Riders and author [and fellow WaSP member] Jeremy Keith. Devoted to teaching the proper way to design for and use the technologies behind everyone’s current favorite buzzword. If you’re looking for a step by step guide on how to recreate your companies Flash application click for click this probably isn’t going to help too much (other then perhaps help push you into the direction of rethinking your approach, or just going back to your old friend), but instead it does a wonderful job of breaking down the systems that make Ajax work and putting them in context — that being a new dynamic way of enhancing, interacting with and manipulating web documents.
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On the flip side of that, by its nature and scope Bulletproof Ajax would be a book I’d encourage non-coders — those who plan, design, and work with web sites — to spend some time with the book [possibly skipping specific coding examples on the way] to get a grasp on the fundamentals.
But for a 200 page book it covers what it sets out to do extremely well and I’d highly recommend it to anyone working on the web.