Since I’ve been writing the book, I’ve been having lots of thoughts about other books to write. It’s that same effect where, for example, someone points out a new type of shoe that you’ve never seen before, and then all the sudden you notice that “everyone” is wearing that shoe.
Anyhow, I was looking through Steve’s links, and noticed that he had several bookmarks for XmlHttpRequest,
That all got me thinking that a book focusing on the use of “pull web pages” would be pretty damned interesting. It’d probably be about the size of the XML-RPC book. There’re more ways to do “web page pulling” than with the
XmlHttpRequest, and there are, indeed, a handful of “patterns” and plenty of “gotchas” involved with it.
About 2 years ago when we were confronted with “GUI’ing” up our web interface at work, most of us outright rebelled at the concept of web page pulling: I must have said numerous times that it was heretical, or an abomination, or something like that. But, after having used GMail for about a year, I like the idea now. GMail’s so damn cool and works so damn well, and I want web applications I make to work be like it. Google’s new suggest feature is another good example of “web page pulling” that I think is really cool.
I don’t really have any time to work on a book like that until Chip and I finish
the JAAS book. But, if someone’s interested, I’d be thrilled to brainstorm on it. We could probably whip up a rough proposal and outline/ToC in about a week’s worth of calendar time.