The other day I picked up a copy of Ajax in Practice, by Dave Crane and several others.

I don’t know why I waited this long.  His Ajax in Action is one of my all-time favorite technical books.  I also have a copy of Prototype & Scriptaculous in Action, though I’ve only read a few sections of it.  I think the fact I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked in P&SiA is what made me hesitate about Ajax in Practice.

I’m only a few chapters into it now, but let me just say this:  If you ever see a technical book written by Dave Crane, just buy it.  It doesn’t really matter whether you care about the topic or not.  The book’s first few chapters are packed with more wisdom and great discussions than ten other books on my bookshelf.  He also has a free, easy writing style that makes reading his text a joy.  And believe me, it ain’t easy to make JavaScript a joy.

Dave Crane rocks.  If I ever manage to write a technical book myself, I only hope to come anywhere near his level of excellence.

(Of course, Scott Davis isn’t bad, either. :))

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