Ajax Training

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This is a server-side agnostic Ajax training class. Examples in the provided course manual are in JSP, and there are equivalent examples in the class files in PHP, ColdFusion, and Classic ASP. The focus is on the client-side aspects of Ajax (i.e., JavaScript), so, while it's helpful to understand the server side, it's not required or assumed.

Students learn to make calls to the server with JavaScript and to manipulate XML content returned from the server. Ajax opens the door to creating sophisticated web-based applications with much more of the logic (and therefore code) handled on the client. While Ajax allows for more dynamic and responsive applications, it changes the traditional role of JavaScript dramatically and forces developers to rethink how they write and manage JavaScript code. After taking this Ajax training course, students will be able to create sophisticated Ajax-based applications in an efficient and modular way.

For private groups new to CSS, XML, XSLT and/or JavaScript, this Ajax training course can be customized to include accelerated introductions to those technologies.

This Ajax course has been updated for HTML5.

  1. Ajax Basics
    1. The Purpose of Ajax
      1. Traditional Web Application
      2. An Ajax Web Application
    2. The XMLHttpRequest Object
      1. Using an XMLHttpRequest Object
      2. Handling the Response
    3. The Callback Function
  2. Passing Data
    1. XML
      1. Creating an addChild() Function
    2. Dynamic Tables
    3. JSON
    4. Review of Object Literals
      1. Arrays
      2. Objects
      3. Arrays in Objects
      4. Objects in Arrays
    5. Back to JSON
      1. JSON Syntax
      2. JSON Parsers
    6. JSON Advantages and Disadvantages
  3. Ajax Applications
    1. Login Form
    2. Quick Lookup Form
    3. Preloaded Data
      1. Ajax Slideshow
      2. Navigable Tables
  4. XSLT Transformations with JavaScript
    1. XSLT
      1. Basic XSLT
    2. XSLT in the Browser
      1. The Mozilla Method
      2. The IE Method
    3. Advantages and Disadvantages of XSLT in Ajax Applications
  5. Ajax/JavaScript Frameworks
    1. The Purpose of Frameworks
      1. Choosing a Framework
    2. Dojo
      1. Downloading Dojo
      2. Using Dojo for Ajax
    3. Prototype
      1. Downloading Prototype
      2. Using Prototype for Ajax
    4. Other Popular Frameworks
      1. Other Frameworks
  6. More Ajax Applications
    1. Inline Editing
      1. The contenteditable Attribute
    2. Detailed Information on Demand
    3. Autologout
    4. Autocompletion

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