Thanks to Amazon Associates, this month I have a new widget to display my book recommendations in..and boy have I got some good books for you guys to check out.
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The next book I have to recommend is PHP Web 2.0 Mashups – I refer to this book as every Web API fans wet dream because it goes through examples of how to use many of the APIs available from popular sites like Flickr in a lot of depth. Having coded myself using many of the included services even I was surprised to learn just how much was possible by simply connecting up different APIs using a few simple lines of code. Want an example of what I’m talking about? Why not check out HousingMaps.com – a PHP Mashup between Craigslist and Google Maps that lets you find houses for sale or rent across a map in any given area.
Learning jQuery 1.3 is a good recommendation because the book is fresh off the presses, great for beginners and discusses most of latest improvements available in the framework. One of the notable improvements mentioned is the speed of CSS Style selectors – instead of using the top-down approach previously implemented, the newest version of jQuery uses a bottom-up approach called "Sizzle" – which allows jQuery to be much faster. Another improvement is the addition of .live() effects which allow you to add event listeners to any of the currently existing elements in your page as well as any future elements. What does this mean? Well, it means that parts of a page which you’ve updated via Ajax can also be interactively enriched without calling additional functions to re-parse the whole page. Pretty nifty, right?.
That’s it for this month’s recommendations. Let me know if you found them useful or have any recommendations of your own!