Ajax Hacks was written by yours truly and seven different contributors, many of whom are among the innovators, bloggers, and early adopters who helped give Ajax and its open source tools the boost it enjoys today. They are senior web engineers and developers whose homes stretch from Bangalore to San Francisco, a scope reflecting the diverse and serendipitous nature by which the writers found this book and the book discovered its writers. (See the Credits for more details on these writers.)
A number of the contributions are hacks in the original, clever sense of the term, exploring topics such as using algorithms and Flash objects to simulate a browser history list and store Ajax-related data offline, configuring Apache to fix the XMLHttpRequest cross-domain restrictions, running a search engine inside your browser, and mashing up Yahoo! Maps with a location-to-URL service called GeoURL.