Reading DHTML UtopiaTuesday, August 9th, 2005 at 10:24 pm
Stuart delivered an excellent book, explaining the concepts of the DOM, the dynamic adding and removing of elements and even hitherto scary concepts like DOM events with all their bubbling and brewing (he has a beer signup form example) in a quick to grasp way.
Donning my pragmatic developer and accessibility fan hat, this is where I get a bit less enthusiastic about the book, especially in connection with the confusing title. First of all DHTML brings back bad memories of codeforking, useless animation and bloated code libraries. Secondly, these rich interfaces are an option, but not necessarily the future, after all we had them in Flash for a longer time and visitors were not always too happy about that.
Stuart does a very thorough job explaining the pitfalls of these solutions and everything, but as we all know, the flashiness of a solution is much more important to the spectator than the parts you have to worry about.
All in all I am really happy I bought the book and the free DOM poster hangs in our office now as a quick reference for our developers.