Chapter 1: Introduction to ASP.NET AJAX
The first chapter of the book introduces AJAX by explaining
the needs which resulted in AJAX as well as the needs which resulted in the web
development preceding AJAX. This chapter also gives some explanation of AJAX.
Chapter 2: Creating an ASP.NET AJAX Application
Starting from the installation of ASP.NET AJAX and
continuing on to a very simple AJAX application, this chapter shows the general
basis of how to develop a web application using ASP.NET AJAX. This chapter can
be skipped by someone with a basic knowledge of ASP.NET AJAX, but it does well
in giving an overview of what goes into a simple web application.
Chapter 3: ASP.NET AJAX Architecture
As the title of the chapter states, this one explains how
ASP.NET AJAX is structured and how that structure will affect developers. In
this chapter you will learn the basic inner-workings of ASP.NET AJAX.
Chapter 4: Calling Web Services
This is the first chapter for those who wish to perform some
custom ASP.NET AJAX work. In this chapter, the authors explain basically how to
interact with the server from the client in ASP.NET AJAX. Web services are your
utility belt while working with AJAX, and these pages will explain how one goes
about using these web services to perform work on the server.
Chapter 5: The UpdatePanel
The update panel is the core tool for the simplest and
easiest AJAX. Using it one can achieve much AJAX functionality without having
to even write any client-side code or even wiring up events between the two.
All of the work will act almost exactly how it did before AJAX. This chapter
gives some pretty simplistic uses of the control, and it definitely the chapter
to read for the person who desires some AJAX but doesn't want to get down and
Chapter 6: Control Toolkit
This chapter explains the basics of the Microsoft Open
Source project to create extenders for ASP.NET AJAX. This is basically an
introduction to a separate project and really is not strictly necessary to
cover as anything which can be achieved using the Control Toolkit could be
achieved by a developer simple using ASP.NET AJAX. This chapter gives some
introduction to these controls.
Microsoft AJAX Library. This chapter teaches some of the more interesting and
Interfaces, Inheritance, Classes, and Namespaces.
Chapter 9: Microsoft AJAX Library
This chapter covers many of the classes within the Microsoft
AJAX Library. The explanations go into great detail about how one would develop
their client side functionality uses these new tools. The MS AJAX library is
basically an addition onto client-side programming, and the chapter tries not
to cover too much of client side development as there are entire books on this
topic. This chapter tends to cover how that client-side development ties into AJAX as a whole.
Chapter 11: Security and Integration
There are obvious new security risks which come into place
from using AJAX. Upon reading the title of this chapter, I hoped to learn a
little about those security issues. I believe a more applicable title for this
chapter should be "Authentication and Integration". Overall I believe
this chapter did very well in explaining a great deal about authentication
using ASP.NET AJAX. I did not expect a large chapter to cover security issues
as that is slightly out of the scope of this book, but some suggestions without
much explanation would have been very nice.