DHTML Utopia – book review


This is a difficult book to read for non-javascript programmers. If you are more comfortable with HTML and CSS, I’d recommend reading Jeremy Keith’s DOM Scripting first. Keith explains the theories behind this book.

That said, I did learn enough from DHTML Utopia to not look like a complete idiot during my job interview with Yahoo. This book is filled with project examples for you to follow along with. I will say that I tried several of the examples and had mixed results. I visited the book’s web site to get updated code.

If you’ve already worked with Javascript, this is a great book to have on the shelf. If you are a rookie, start with Jeremy Keith and follow up with DHTML Utopia.

Yahoo’s new open-source code

Yahoo has just unveiled their new User Interface Blog to the public. This is a great resource for those getting into advanced CSS, DOM-scripting, JSON, and AJAX applications. Why should you care? Yahoo has hired some of the leading web developers over the past couple years and their passing their wisdom to you.

This is quite timely, just tonight I was looking for Dustin Diaz’s AJAX contact form. Unfortunately, his personal blog was down, but I bet I could find it in here. Not to mention the pagination chore, the ratings widget, and more.

— This was originally published on tdrake.net