8 Great Ajax Tutorials

Ajax offers a solid avenue to really add life to your web design in a multitude of ways. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet that show you how to use Ajax, so trying to find which ones are the best is a rather trying task. Here is a condensed list of some of the top Ajax tutorials on the web to help you get started.

A simple Ajax website with jQuery

If you are rather new to Ajax and want to experiment with site building, this tutorial is a good place to start.  The tutorial employes some PHP and CSS in the process of creating a basic AJAX website.  A couple of characteristics about the site you will build are that it has complete support of the browser history, and it will also load some pages via AJAX from the PHP back-end.  Once complete, you will have an AJAX enabled site that can be customized to your liking.  Every step of the building process is explained, including the XHTML, CSS, jQuery, and PHP, so that you will have a guiding hand to ensure that the site is built without problems.

Link: http://tutorialzine.com/2009/09/simple-ajax-website-jquery/

Making an Ajax website

Ajax offers some advantages that should appeal to site creators.  It’s web server friendly in the way that it reduces your site’s loading times.  It also makes site maintenance easier by for those who do not have access to a server side scripting language.  These are just a couple of reasons why AJAX is useful, but if you do not have experience in using it, you must start somewhere.

This is another tutorial that beginners can use to practice their AJAX site creation skills.  You’ll learn how to create a website completely in AJAX.  Best of all, you don’t even have to have AJAX experience.  The tutorial focuses instead on the proper application of AJAX to make a site in a step-by-step manner.

Link: http://www.quantumstate.co.uk/ajax.html

Ajax Web Chat

Integrating a chat function into your site could serve many purposes.  It can allow your visitors to interact with each other in real-time, or it could allow you or others involved in the site’s administration the opportunity to reply to visitors.  It could be simple conversation or customer service.  Either way, the value of integrated chat cannot be denied.  This tutorial will help you create Ajax driven web chat. 

The chat program you will create is simplistic, but it offers a good start, especially if you are new when it comes to Ajax.  The tutorial is rather lengthy, but well worth the time if you have had the urge to work on creating chat capability.  Each section is broken down in detail, including the HTML, JavaScript, sending the request, and the back-end.  There’s also a section at the end that shows you how to implement some nifty additions to the chat to make it more user-friendly.  For example, if you want to make the messages in your chat area scroll automatically, you can do so.

Link: http://www.dynamicajax.com/fr/AJAX_Driven_Web_Chat-271_290_291.html

gAJAX RSS Feeds Displayer

If you want to learn how to integrate and display RSS feeds on your site from other providers, this tutorial will teach you the necessary steps to accomplish the task.  The value of the tutorial lies in the fact that it gives you a way to display the RSS feeds in as little time as possible.  Thanks to Google Feed API, the feeds are hosted on Google’s servers, so your server will be freed from the task of taking on any new installation or hosting responsibilities.  All you have to do to get the RSS feeds is to place some code onto your page. 

The script detailed in this tutorial comes with several features.  The customization options really give you control over the feeds.  For instance, you can customize the parts of each RSS entry to be displayed.  You can display intermixed feeds as well to offer up even more current data.  For better organization, the script can sort the feeds using in different ways too, such as by their date, title, and more.  If you specify a set number of feeds to show, the feeds will be divided evenly in the case that you use them in an intermixed format.  Improved usability is yet another plus, since you will have the ability to refresh feed content without having to reload pages.

Link: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex18/gajaxrssdisplayer.htm

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Ajax file upload

Do you plan on having a site or sites that allow for the upload of files?  Having such a feature is not a bad idea, as it allows for the sharing of content in a simplified way.  This tutorial shows you how to integrate an Ajax file upload system on your site using PHP and JavaScript.

The tutorial’s author admits that the security limitations of JavaScript hinder the ability to create a pure AJAX file upload system, and that most AJAX upload systems employ third party tools to get the job done.  Still, this particular tutorial definitely helps you create a smooth file uploading function that works well and looks good in the process, thanks to an animated progress bar. 

Link: http://www.ajaxf1.com/tutorial/ajax-file-upload-tutorial.html

Facebook-like Autosuggestion with jQuery, Ajax, and PHP

Autosuggest is one of the more user-friendly features around.  By offering suggestions automatically as letters are typed into a search, autosuggest makes life much easier for visitors.  It can help with spelling issues, and can also help someone who is looking for a search result but does not know the subject’s entire name.

Facebook has one of the more recognizable autosuggest features around, and this tutorial uses it as an example of how to create an autosuggest function using jQuery, AJAX, and PHP.  The process, while very helpful, is surprisingly simple. 

Link: http://www.9lessons.info/2009/06/autosuggestion-with-jquery-ajax-and-php.htm

Creating an Ajax enabled calendar control

A calendar can fit in easily with a wide variety of websites.  You may want to add a calendar to your site to display the dates of events, or if you want to enable a booking functionality for reservations and the like.  This tutorial allows you to do so via an AJAX-enabled calendar control.  The end result is a nifty little calendar that allows you to jump to different months and years via drop downs and more.
Link: http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/022008-1.aspx

Build an Ajax powered shopping cart

Online shopping is increasing in popularity, as it gives consumers a way to shop quickly and easily using their computers or other mobile devices.  If you are selling items on your site, a shopping cart is an obvious necessity.  This tutorial shows you how to create an AJAX powered shopping cart.  In addition to PHP and jQuery, the tutorial also calls on a few plugins to bring the shopping cart to life.

Link: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/build-an-ajax-powered-shopping-cart/


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