The WordPress and Ajax e-book is a comprehensive view on using Ajax with WordPress. It covers Ajax like you’ve never seen before.

The book contains three real-life examples that provide the rationale and logic behind coding decisions, the reasons for Ajax’s use, and the steps from inception to completion of the examples.

WordPress and Ajax Book Stacks

Providing the Foundation

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First, the book builds a foundation for you to send your first Ajax request.

This includes:

  • An explanation of Ajax best practices – What Ajax should do, and what it isn’t meant to do.
  • How to add scripts and styles properly to WordPress – How plugin and theme authors should add scripts to WordPress. This also covers page detection and other advanced techniques.
  • Properly formatting scripts using jQuery – How to adhere to the jQuery authoring guidelines for easy-to-read code and maximum compatibility.
  • Localizing your JavaScript files – How to add localized JavaScript variables without using PHP.
  • An explanation on how to override someone’s scripts and styles.
  • WordPress security, including nonces and data validation.
  • Several different Ajax techniques are explained.

Sending that First Request

After the foundation has been built, the book introduces you to sending you first request.

Sending your first request includes learning:

  • Learning the code foundation for sending that first request.
  • Adding server-side security for the request.
  • Processing the request on the server-side.
  • Responding to the request on the server-side.
  • Parsing the response on the client-side.
  • Outputting the data to the user.

The Examples

After the foundation has been laid and you have a good idea of the theory behind an Ajax request, we begin work on the examples.

  • Example 1: WP Grins Lite – We take a common and popular plugin and convert it to use Ajax for the loading of the smilies.
  • Example 2: Static Random Posts – We take a common widget and add an Ajax function to it. This example will not only teach you how to create a widget, but also an admin panel, and Ajax functionality.
  • Example 3: Ajax Registration Form – We take an ordinary registration form and perform data validation on it using Ajax.

Special Features of the E-book

  • The e-book’s unique layout is a Godsend for those that love printing out their e-books. Save some trees, and print the book out double-sided.
  • Color-coded code samples – How cool is easy-to-read color-coded code? And you can copy and paste? Totally awesome.
  • Bookmarks and Table of Contents – The PDF makes use of bookmarks and a Table of Contents to easily locate content.
  • Professionally designed – The book is professionally designed by Vivien Anayian. So not only are you reading an awesome book, you are also looking at awesome design.

Sound good? Let’s get the book, shall we?