Mac Newbold presented on PHP 404 handler scripts. “Running PHP with Apache has some definite advantages. One that I use frequently is using a PHP script as the 404 document that apache uses when a page can’t be found. You can use it for many things. PHP.net uses it to run a site search, to try and find the page you were looking for. You can use it to create ‘virtual’ URLs, where one script handles requests for many different URLs and hands back dynamic content based on the page name. You can even combine it with things like GD to make dynamic images that are created on the fly for each URL.”
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The book takes an excellent approach in explaining both how AJAX works, and how it can be wielded. For example, the authors chose very practical and useful applications that developers could easily find themselves coding for a client. Example projects include advanced HTML forms, type-ahead suggestions, a desktop interface, and search engine.
“Ajax is a growing new technology at the time of this writing and we’re delighted to bring you the low down on it, in the inimitable style of Manning’s In Action series. In doing so, though, we faced an interesting problem. Although Ajax is indisputably hot, it isn’t rally new. It isn’t a really a technology, either…”
The advent of Rich Internet Applications is a result of a harmony of several web disciplines. While there are several ways to create RIA, Ajax is certainly in the forefront.
While AJAX is the soup d’jour, the authors are also very caution to explain the security risks of AJAX and devoted a whole chapter to concerns you will want to consider.
This is my first experience with this publisher and these authors, but I found this book to be less rigid than many other technical books I have read. Truth told, I felt the book was written more in a conversational style and was able to gleam more of the information I wanted easier and faster through their approach.
I’d recommend this book
Ajax In Action
Published by Manning