Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action

Dave Crane and Bear Bibeault with Tom Locke

March 2007 | 544 pages | B&W
ISBN: 1-933988-03-7

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Common Ajax tasks should be easy, and with Prototype and Scriptaculous they are. Prototype and Scriptaculous are libraries of reusable JavaScript code that simplify Ajax development. Prototype provides helpful methods and objects that extend JavaScript in a safe, consistent way. Its clever Ajax request model simplifies cross-browser development. Scriptaculous, which is based on Prototype, offers handy pre-fabricated widgets for rich UI development.

Prototype and Scriptaculous in Action is a comprehensive, practical guide that walks you feature-by-feature through the two libraries. First, you'll use Scriptaculous to make easy but powerful UI improvements. Then you'll dig into Prototype's elegant and sparse syntax. See how a few characters of Prototype code can save a dozen lines of JavaScript. By applying these techniques, you can concentrate on the function and flow of your application instead of the coding details. This book is written for web developers with a working knowledge of JavaScript.


“Shows how Prototype and Scriptaculous let you concentrate on what's important: implementing your ideas.”
 —Thomas Fuchs, Creator of Scriptaculous, from the Foreword

“Of all the books on my shelf, this is the one I go to the most.”
 —Philip Hallstrom,

“Simplifies Ajax development—a great reference.”
 —Mark Eagle, MATRIX Resources, Inc.

“Can't wait to implement ideas from this book!”
 —Jeff Cunningham, The Weather Channel Interactive

This book should rightly be considered the bible of Prototype and Scriptaculous. Just download and run the source code for the book (available online for free), for a real taste of what this book offers.”

A good solid intro. There is fantastically useful stuff about JavaScript itself as well as Prototype; for example the section of function contexts and closures is one of the best I have read on the subject.”
 —Amazon UK

“This book should be in your library if you are planning to use one of these powerful and useful libraries as well as if you want to learn more advanced topics in JavaScript too! Worth every penny.”


About the Authors

Dave Crane is an Ajax authority and lead author of the best-selling Ajax in Action. He is currently senior developer for UK-based Historic Futures Ltd., developing the next generation of socially responsible supply-chain systems using Ajax to link rural cooperatives and multinational corporations.

Michael "Bear" Bibeault is a US-based Java programmer with over 20 years' experience in enterprise and Web applications. He's a popular moderator on JavaRanch and coauthor Manning's Ajax in Practice.

Tom Locke is an UK-based independent web developer and trainer specializing in Ruby on Rails. He is the creator of Logix, a multi-language programming system, and the CTO of LiveLogix.