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60 More AJAX Tutorials

Posted on May 8, 2006 by in Web

With the popularity of AJAX growing every day I’ve had the opportunity to collect and try out many more tutorials in the last several months. These examples and how-to’s represent the best tutorials that I’ve personally used or otherwise had the opportunity to work with out of the overall group. This post is intended for individuals who learn best by example. Most of the listed tutorials come complete with instructions and source code. I’ve also categorized all of the tutorials for easy browsing. Enjoy!”Please let me know through email or a comment if you know of any other great AJAX tutorials and I’ll be glad to post them. Also special thanks to all of the folks who produced all of these wonderful free tutorials.”Also See: Round-up of 30 AJAX Tutorials“rnAJAX Activity Indicator TutorialrnCakeTimer – An Ajax File Uploads Progress Bar“This is a demonstration of an AJAX powered progressbar to monitor file uploads with (Cake)PHP.”HowTo add Ajax in-progress indicators “Ok, so my little del.icio.us app (click link to read about how I added Ajax functionality to a simple Rails app) is pretty cool, but it was missing one big thing. When the user clicks the “Get Results” link she has no idea that the page is communicating with the server. “AJAX Bookmarklets TutorialrnCreating Huge Bookmarklets “A bookmarklet is a special piece of JavaScript code that can be dragged into a user’s link toolbar, and which later can be clicked on to implement cross-site behavior. People have done all sorts of cool stuff with it.”rnAJAX Chat TutorialsrnAJAX Chat Sources Code for Download “After a slow start (following the announcement of the XHTML (ajax) Chat) things got finally busy. I had so many requests that I have decided to offer the complete sources for download.”Lace – Ajax Chat“Lace is a free, lightweight Ajaxian communications engine suitable for a shoutbox, chat room or similar. Version 0.1.3 brings with it several bug fixes, a tiny bit of code reorganization and most importantly, an oft-requested User List.”Most Simple Ajax Chat Ever“Very easy to use AJAX chat demo.”rnAJAX Client-Server Communication TutorialsrnImplementing simple AJAX interaction in your Web Application using XMLHttpRequest object“Everybody till now must have atleast heard about AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML). This example will give you an idea about how you can implement simple AJAX interaction in your web application.”Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax“In this article, you’ll begin with the most fundamental and basic of all Ajax-related objects and programming approaches: The XMLHttpRequest object. This object is really the only common thread across all Ajax applications and — as you might expect — you will want to understand it thoroughly to take your programming to the limits of what’s possible.”Advanced requests and responses in Ajax“n this article, I move beyond the basics in the last article and concentrate on more detail about three key parts of this request object, the HTTP ready state, the HTTP status code and the types of requests that you can make”rnAJAX“In this tutorial, you’ll be introduced to Ajax, a technology that allows you to send these requests through small JavaScript calls, meaning the user doesn’t have to wait for the page to refresh.”All Request, All The Time“Let’s build a simple application that accepts input from the user, passes it to some PHP on the server that checks it against a database, and returns the result to the browser. It comes in three parts.”AJAX Drag and Drop TutorialrnDrag and Drop Tutorial (with a cool video)“Adding items to a shopping cart in common e-commerce applications isn’t very close to the actual “add to cart” metaphor, since it requires clicking an “add to cart” button, watch a new page (the shopping cart), and then go back to the shop or checkout with buttons. Ajax allows to get closer to the cart metaphor, by enabling drag-and-drop interactions and giving immediate visual feedback, without leaving the shop.”rnAJAX Dynamically Content Loading TutorialsrnDynamically loaded articles“This is a basic example showing you how to use AJAX. In this script, you have a list of article titles at the right side. When you click on one of them, AJAX will be used to request the content of the article from an external file and show it in the main DIV.”Ajax – Dynamic Content“This small generic script makes it easy for you to load content of external files into HTML elements on your page.”AJAX Forms and Autocomplete TutorialsrnScriptaculous Lists with PHP“The drag-and-drop effects, most notably the sortables, caught my eye because the look great, they are so easy to implement, and they’re just so much nicer than the standard listbox with up/down arrows that we see in most of today’s applications and administration tools.”Alter data with Ajax forms“Displaying rich formatted questions and lists, even paginated, is not enough to make an application live. And the heart of the askeet concept is to allow any registered user to ask a new question, and any user to answer an existing one. Isn’t it time we get to it?”Dynamic Client Lookup“This script uses AJAX to autofill a form. Open the demo and type in 1001 in the “client ID” text field. AJAX will when you have done this call a script on the server and auto fill the rest of the form with client data.”Chained Select Boxes“This script uses Ajax to popuplate a select box with cities based on which country you choose.”rnAjax Dynamic List“This script shows you a list of options based on what you type into a text input. Example: Type in “A” and Ajax will get you a list of all contries starting with “A”.”AJAX Framework and Toolkit TutorialsrnMy-BIC – Tutorials and How To’s“A collection of easy to follow tutorials using the My-Bic Framework including a, hello world – getting your ajax setup, posting comments via AJAX and changing views from a drop down. There are beginner and intermediate tutorials here.”New Echo2 Tutorial Series“Part 1 of a multipart Echo2 tutorial series, entitled “Ajax with Echo2 and Eclipse” is now available from our web site. The related archive with the Echo2 distribution plus the EchopointNG library is available here.”rnAJAX Design Patterns – Using The Dojo Toolkit“Is this tutorial any different from the others? Well yes and no, it is different in being a tutorial on how to design and build a complete site and not just some fancy little details like how to turn caching in AJAX off or how to create a fancy widget.”Using Dojo and JSON to Build Ajax Applications“In this article, I will show how to build Ajax-enabled applications using Dojo and JSON–two very different but complementary technologies that can significantly enhance the interface and usability of web applications.”AJAX General TutorialsrnBuilding a Spy“Step by step instructions on how to build a Digg like spy page.”rnBuilding a Shelf in WordPress“Nice tutorial on how to build a sliding shelf in WordPress. “AJAX from Scratch: Implementing Mutual Exclusion in JavaScript“This AJAX from Scratch series of articles describes fundamental techniques needed to develop AJAX Rich Internet Applications in JavaScript from scratch.”Saving Session Across Page Loads Without Cookies, On The Client Side“This is a mini-tutorial on saving state across page loads on the client side, without using cookies so as to save large amounts of data beyond cookies size limits.”A Tale of Two IFrames or, How To Control Your Browsers History“This is a mini-tutorial on the black art of iframes and browser history, known to AJAX experts but rarely presented clearly.”AjaxWorld Special: What Is AJAX?“Learn more about AJAX and ColdFusion”Simple Ajax Functions – Snippets“I’ve created a list of very common JavaScript functions for Ajax. They have been created in quick reference fashion and do not contain any fancy stuff. Instead of creating one function which can handle various tasks depending on passed values, they are split into seperate basic task functions. The reason for this is simplicity.”AJAX Using ASP.NET 1.1“You’ve heard of it. It is the latest buzz term for web programmers these days. AJAX is an acronym that stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. AJAX gains its popularity by allowing data on a page to be dynamically updated without having to make the browser reload the page. I will describe more about how AJAX works, and then go into some sample code to try out.”rnSpeed up Your AJAX Based Webapps“It sets the expiry of the JavaScript to years and not days. Once the JavaScript file is downloaded it is never downloaded again, ofcourse unless you force it by removing the file in the cache. If you visit the site often the JavaScript will not be removed from the cache.”Kick-start your Java apps, Part 2 “This tutorial guides you through the development of a small human-resources application, first using conventional JavaServer Pages (JSP) based technology, and then migrating it to a highly interactive solution using Ajax.”Howto integrate Google Calendar in your website using AJAX“One of the features I find it interesting in Google calendar is the possibility to create shared calendars, but also the availability of your calendar as XML or ICAL whatever it’s a private or public one. As soon as we have XML of our calendar available I was wondering why not integrating Google calendar directly in website.”Create Your Own Ajax Effects “rnWhy let script.aculo.us have all the fun? Start building your own Ajax-driven visual effects today. The basic and prebuilt effects in script.aculo.us are nice, but if you really want to build something great why not investigate doing your own, homegrown, do-it-yourself effects. We’re going to show you how to take basic effects and build on them to create your own.”AJAX Getting Started TutorialsrnAn Introduction to AJAX “A very nice introduction to AJAX. “Nitty Gritty Ajax“In the course of this tutorial, we’re going to look at what Ajax can do. Then we’ll use a JavaScript class to simplify your first steps toward the ultimate in speedy user interactivity.”A simple AJAX example“Based on Rasmus’s 30 second AJAX tutorial, I’ve cobbled together a very rudimentary example of one approach to AJAX programming. A “Hello, World” AJAX program, if you will. You can view the demo here on my site, and download the source code (document attachment at the bottom of this article).”rnA List Apart: Articles: Getting Started with Ajax“The start of 2005 saw the rise of a relatively new technology, dubbed “Ajax” by Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path. Ajax stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. In a nutshell, it is the use of the nonstandard XMLHttpRequest() object to communicate with server-side scripts.”Ajax Toybox“Justin has put together a nice group of AJAX tutorials including, Hello, World, Dynamic City, State Lookup, Ajax to Clean Your Clock, Ajax Calculator and an RSS News Ticker.”Introduction to Ajax“When it comes to Ajax, the reality is that it involves a lot of technologies — to get beyond the basics, you need to drill down into several different technologies (which is why I’ll spend the first several articles in this series breaking apart each one of them).”Ajax Toolbox / XMLHttpRequest AjaxRequest Library Examples“A great group of AJAX examples. “Rasmus’ 30 second AJAX Tutorial“I find a lot of this AJAX stuff a bit of a hype. Lots of people have been using similar things long before it became “AJAX”. And it really isn’t as complicated as a lot of people make it out to be. Here is a simple example from one of my apps.”An Ajax “Hello World” project to Get You Going“Sometimes we all want something very simple to build a thorough understanding of the mechanics of a new technique before we dive into the deeper water beyond. Now, if you are into ASP.NET and not PHP you might like to take a look at my version of this ultra-simple introduction to Ajax with sincere thanks to the original author.”Ajax Beginners Tutorial“In this tutorial we’ll discuss the basic principles of remote scripting using Ajax, a combination of javascript and XML to allow web pages to be updated with new information from the server, without the user having to wait for a page refresh. “rnAJAX Image and Gallery TutorialsrnImage crop – DHTML user interface“This script gives you an Image crop/resize DHTML user interface. Drag a rectangle around the area you want to crop. Click the “Crop” button and let Ajax send crop data to the server and the cropped image back to you. PHP uses ImageMagick on the server to crop and convert the image.”Prototype Javascript Lightboxes“This class is based on Prototype 1.5. The code is inspired of the powerful script.aculo.us library. You can even use all script.aculo.us effects to show and hide windows if you include effects.js file.”AJAX Sortable List TutorialrnHow to Make Sortable Lists“Many web applications need to offer an interface to order items – think about categories in a weblog, articles in a CMS, wishes in an e-commerce website… The old fashion way of doing it is to offer arrows to move one item up or down in the list. The AJAX way of doing it is to allow direct drag-and-drop ordering with server support.”AJAX RSS TutorialsrnSimple Ajax RSS ticker script“This very small and simple script reads RSS data from an external source and shows them inside a predefined box DIV or other tag) on your page. What you have to do is to specify the url to the RSS feed, how many items you want to show, and for how many seconds you want the script to display each item.”Dragable RSS boxes“This is is a script that uses Ajax to read data from external RSS sources and display them inside dragable boxes. You can also create new boxes dynamically directly from the page. This is the first version of this script. New functionality will be added to this script during the following weeks and months.”Slide In RSS items“This scripts reads RSS feeds from an external source and displays them on your page. Each items appears after a predefined number of seconds by sliding in from the right side.”RSS Ticker with AJAX“Well, with this powerful RSS ticker script, you can now easily display any RSS content on your site in a ticker fashion! This script uses a simple PHP based RSS parser called LastRSS for retrieving a RSS feed, then Ajax and DHTML to display the feed dynamically and with flare. As a pre-requisite then, your site itself must support PHP, though the page using this ticker can be any regular HTML file.”AJAX Shopping Cart Tutorials rnFly to basket (Shopping cart)“This is a DHTML shopping cart module. The products will fly to the shopping basket when you click on the “Add to basket” button. Ajax is used to dynamically update the content of the basket.”Flexstore on Rails Tutorial“Flexstore is a traditional Shopping Cart application that you can write in Ruby on Rails. Very comprehensive and cool. “AJAX Sorting TutorialrnSorttable: Make all your tables sortable“While the web design community gradually moves away from using tables to lay out the structure of a page, tables really do have a vital use, their original use; they’re for laying out tabular data.”AJAX Trees TutorialsrnUpdate a tree with AJAX“his scripts adds an AJAX extension to my static folder tree. Open the demo and press down your mouse button on one of the nodes in thee tree. This will make a text box appear which makes it possible for you to rename nodes. AJAX is used to send this value to the server without reloading the page.”rnStatic list based folder tree“This is a list based folder tree. What you have to do is to create a UL LI list. The script will then create the tree based on this list. The script uses cookies to remember state of nodes. It also includes functions for expanding/collapsing all nodes.”AJAX Username Availability TutorialrnAJAX username availability checking“The goal of this AJAX example is to allow a user who is registering for your site to see if the username they want to use is taken already or not, without having to submit a form and reload the page.”AJAX Voting TutorialrnDigg-like AJAX Vote On“This tutorial will show you how to add AJAX-enhanced interactions to askeet. The objective is to allow a registered user to declare its interest about a question.”Ajax Poller“A poller script that uses Ajax to send vote to the server and receives vote results from the server. The results are displayed in some animated graphs.rn

1 Comment

  1. Thank you very much mate!! Now I can play a bit with AJAX :) VERY usefull tutorials :)