Developing Ajax Applications with the jQuery JavaScript Library

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Although there are many widely used JavaScript libraries for building Ajax applications, empirical evidence shows that jQuery is both the most popular and the fastest growing. However, many developers are unaware of how to use jQuery, and are intimidated by its size and complexity.

[For the empirical data, see this link: ]

This tutorial will give a fast-moving introduction to programming with the latest release of jQuery. The goal is not to cover every last feature of the library, but rather to give a practical, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of programming with jQuery so that developers can return to their companies and immediately start developing working jQuery-based Ajax apps.

Topics to be covered include:
– An overview of jQuery
– Pros and cons of jQuery
– jQuery installation, configuration, and documentation
– Data-centric and content-centric Ajax with jQuery
– Handling JSON data
– jQuery selectors
DOM manipulation with jQuery
– Rich interfaces with jQuery UI

The tutorial includes many detailed jQuery examples, so some previous exposure to JavaScript is helpful. No previous experience with Ajax or jQuery is necessary.

The course will be taught by Marty Hall, an experienced developer, author, presenter, and instructor. Marty has given presentations and training courses on Java, Ajax, and Web technologies in 6 foreign countries and dozens of US venues. He is also the author of six popular books on Java EE technologies from Prentice Hall, and is director of the Java and Web-related concentration areas in the Johns Hopkins part-time graduate program in Computer Science.

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Marty Hall

Marty Hall has presented seminars and training courses on Ajax, GWT, Web, and Java technology topics in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, the Philippines, and in dozens of US venues. He has done consulting and software development for a number of clients in the Baltimore/Washington area, and is the author of six popular books from Prentice Hall on Web and Java programming topics. Mary is also is an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University part-time graduate program in Computer Science, where he directs the Web and Java related concentration areas.

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Kevin Logan
11/19/2009 3:05pm EST

Marty presented some practical information about different methods of using Ajax via some of the popular Javascript libraries. He also provided a quick overview of the current state and strong points of many of the different js libraries.

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Sumit Amar
11/17/2009 6:32pm EST

I guess someone asked to check ajax on your website, actually multiple words work just fine as one data input. e.g. try the following in search box at url:

jquery, ajax

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Marty Hall
11/09/2009 7:08am EST

The source code for all of the examples from the talk is online for download and unrestricted use. More details on jQuery and other Ajax topics are also online at the same location. Please see Ajax and jQuery Tutorials

If you have any questions, email me at

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