Ajax Design Patterns Book

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I’m pleased to announce the in-progress patterns at ajaxpatterns.org will be completed and published as an O’Reilly book: “Ajax Design Patterns”. The accompanying podcast explains the details, here’s a summary:

  • I’ll be completing full-text descriptions for all the listed patterns, give or take some restructuring.
  • ajaxpatterns.org will remain online, with full content – before, during and after the book’s release. I’ll continue building up the text on there. O’Reilly’s fully on board with this.
  • A Creative Commons license will apply throughout, with the non-commercial restriction possibly lifted after the book’s published. Contrary to John Dvorak’s recent rant, the CC license cannot, should not, and does not, preclude others from reusing the content commercially under fair use.
  • Some pages on the wiki are already open The main pattern pages will remain me-only until full-text is there, at which time I am hoping to take a branch, refine some things offline (mediawiki is painful for batch changes), and open everything up for editing.
  • The editor is Brett Mclaughlin and he too will be able to make edits. You might have seen that I’m highlighting patterns with full text on the main page. Brett will highlight them in a different colour once edited, hopefully leading to something resembling a “progress heatmap” and not a pile of visual mess.
  • I’ll continue to post updates about the patterns here, using the tags “Ajax”, “Patterns”, and, I’ve decided, “AjaxPatterns”.
  • I intend to podcast about the patterns and the corresponding examples at Ajaxify. I’m looking forward to being able to supplement the text with audio commentaries. Some prefer audio, some prefer text, but I think the best learning style is a multimodal combo deal.
  • Writing this in public will allow ample opportunity for feedback – as Dan Gillmor says, my readers are smarter than me. I know lots of you are using Ajax in different ways and for different tasks, so please tell me what sucks about the patterns. Comment in the Discussion tab for a given pattern (which I’ll pick up via RSS), leave a comment on my blog, or mail to michael@mahemoff.com.
  • Do you have any comments or suggestions about this writing strategy? Please leave them here or mail michael@mahemoff.com..

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