This post is long overdue. For that, I apologize. Now, on to the fun!
Everyone knows I love WordPress. I build my websites on the platform. I write plug-ins for other sites. I recommend it to all of my clients. I've even contributed code to core. Let's stipulate for now that I think WordPress is awesome.
And I failed. Miserably.
Those of you just starting have an advantage
A month ago, Ronald Huereca contacted me and asked that I take a look at his new book, WordPress and Ajax. I had a lot going on at the time, but I still offered to give the book a fair review and downloaded the eBook version. A few quick minutes of conversion later and I had a portable version to carry around on my Sony eReader.
I honestly expected it to take me a few days to get through the book - I've never been a fan of technical reading. To my surprise and amusement, I finished it in a day ... in exactly two sittings!
WordPress and Ajax covers a lot of ground. Ronald takes you through the basics of loading scripts into a WordPress system all the way through processing Ajax requests from the front-end of a site. He even walks you through the development of not one but two Ajax-powered plug-ins.
In the world of directly applicable and approachable script snippets, this book is king. Considering the number of Adobe's "Classroom in a Book" volumes and Programmer-to-Programmer tomes that I own, this is pretty high praise.
I actually learned quite a bit from the book, and I'm already using some new techniques on my own sites, some client sites, and in a couple of plug-ins I maintain. If you haven't yet, you should pick up a copy. It's available both in print format and as an eBook - I recommend the eBook because you can quickly alt-tab between script examples and an IDE. But print format would work well for that as well ... so it's up to you.
Note: Though I received a free copy of the eBook before writing this review, my opinion and analysis is still objective. All links above are my personal affiliate link - I will receive 50% of the proceeds from any purchase. If you would like to buy WordPress and Ajax through a non-affiliate link, please visit: http://www.wpajax.com/