Professional Web 2.0 Programming, Wrox
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Web 2.0 is a phrase used to describe a dozen or so techniques and technologies which can be used together to create Web based applications that rival desktop, rich client applications. Among other things, Web 2.0 includes:
- Cascading Style Sheet (CSS),
- syndication feeds (Atom, RSS),
- URIs, Web Services (REST, SOAP),
The book attempts to identify, describe, and lash all these technologies together. With no fewer than five authors, this is one of those Wrox books by committee. However, with this topic being a grab bag of various and sundry techniques and technologies, it seems appropriate to have an assortment of authors.
Since "Web 2.0" does not have an official, rigorous definition, it is simply what the authors say it is—and many would quibble about this point or that. However, the book does a good job introducing Web 2.0 and then fleshing it out by explaining each component technology and how it is being used. Perhaps the best thing about a book like this—indeed, about Web 2.0, itself—is getting Web developers to take a fresh look at what they have done, what they are doing, and what they could be doing. I find the topic and the book to be invigorating—ideas on how to improve my own Web sites came to me constantly while reading.
Professional Web 2.0 Programming is a timely, thought-provoking, but thoroughly practical, introduction to Web 2.0.
From the back cover
Web 2.0 architecture opens up an incredible number of options for flexible web design, creative reuse, and easier updates. Along with covering the key languages and techniques of Web 2.0, this unique book introduces you to all of the technologies that make up Web 2.0 at a professional level. Throughout the chapters, you'll find code for several example applications built with popular frameworks that you'll be able to utilize.
What you will learn from this book
- How Web 2.0 applications are developed
- New ways to get the major client-side technologies to work together
- The new class of emerging tools
- All about HTTP and URIs, XML, syndication, microformats, and Web Services
- Techniques for implementing and maintaining your URI space
- How to serve XML over HTTP
- Steps for building mashups to aggregate information from multiple sources
- Methods for enhancing security in your applications
Who this book is for
About the author(s)
Eric van der Vlist is an independent consultant and trainer. His domain of expertise includes Web development and XML technologies. He is the creator and main editor of XMLfr.org, the main site dedicated to XML technologies in French, the author of the O’Reilly books XML Schema and RELAX NG, and a member or the ISO DSDL working group, which focuses on XML schema languages. He is based in Paris.
Erik Bruchez has extensive experience in the software industry as a software architect and consultant. As a former employee of Symantec Corporation, he contributed to the VisualCafe for Java product line. In 1999, he co-founded Orbeon, Inc. (www.orbeon.com), where he is now an architect of Orbeon PresentationServer (OPS), an open source web platform for form-based applications that builds on technologies such as XForms and Ajax. Erik participates in the W3C’s XForms and XML Processing Model working groups. He is the author of articles about web applications and XML technologies and has been a speaker at conferences such as JavaOne, ObjectWebCon, and XTech. Erik holds an MS/CS degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He spends most of his time between Switzerland and California.
Joe Fawcett started programming in the seventies and briefly worked in IT after leaving full-time education. He then pursued a more checkered career before returning to software development in 1994. In 2003 he was awarded the title of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in XML for community contributions and technical expertise. He currently works in London as senior developer for FTC Kaplan Ltd, a leading international provider of accountancy and business training.
Danny Ayers is a freelance developer, technical author, and consultant specializing in cutting-edge Web technologies.
Technical Editor Micah Dubinko is an experienced software architect and writer working for the Mobile Platform group at Yahoo! Inc. He has been programming since the third grade—at the time on a computer with only 2K of memory. Micah served as an editor and author of the W3C XForms specification, publishing a book in print and online, and eventually being awarded the InfoWorld Innovators 2004 award for his effort. Since then, he has contributed to and edited numerous Web 2.0 books and articles. Micah lives with his wife and two daughters in Silicon Valley.
Table of Contents (abbreviated)
- Chapter 1: Hello Web 2.0 World.
- Chapter 2: Page Presentation.
- Chapter 4: Design Principles.
- Chapter 5: What’s Next for Web 2.0?
- Chapter 6: Rich Client Alternatives.
- Chapter 7: HTTP and URIs.
- Chapter 8: XML and Its Alternatives.
- Chapter 9: Syndication.
- Chapter 10: Microformats.
- Chapter 11: Combining Protocols to Build Web Services.
- Chapter 12: Serving XML over HTTP.
- Chapter 13: Databases and Non-XML Sources.
- Chapter 14: Creating Syndication Channels.
- Chapter 15: Mashups, HTML Scraping, and Web Services.
- Chapter 16: Implementing and Maintaining Your URI Space.
- Chapter 17: Podcasting and Serving Multimedia.
- Chapter 18: Security.