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Professional JavaScript Frameworks: Prototype,YUI, ExtJS, Dojo and MooTools

ISBN: 978-0-470-38459-6
888 pages
August 2009
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JavaScript is the industry standard client-side scripting language that is used in web applications.Professional JavaScript Frameworks: Prototype, YUI, Ext JS, Dojo and MooTools offers an examination of some of the top JavaScript (JS) frameworks that are available, with practical examples and explanations of what each does best.

Over the past few years, there’s been a small renaissance in JavaScript as a language. A variety of projects have sprung up to build reusable JS libraries and frameworks — and at this point, a good number of them have matured and shown staying power that they’re worth taking a serious look at and relying on in professional projects.

JavaScript has grown in popularity in parallel with the Web and today is supported by all major browsers and new web technologies. JavaScript has been extended over time to deliver high-performing and incredibly impressive Web user experiences, using technologies including Adobe Flash, AJAX, and Microsoft Silverlight.

As JavaScript is used increasingly for “serious” development on the Web, the lessons that have been learned and the tools that have been invented along the way are being consolidated and shared by developers in the form of libraries and frameworks. However, since JavaScript is such a flexible and dynamic language, each framework can present very different approaches to the problems of web development — each with its own pros and cons.

Coverage of the individual libraries and frameworks includes:

  • Prototype: Extending and Enhancing DOM Elements
  • Prototype: Handling Cross-Browser Events
  • Prototype: Simplifying AJAX and Dynamic Data
  • Prototype: Working with Forms
  • Prototype: Manipulating Common Data Structures and Functions
  • Prototype: Extending Prototype
  • Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI): Traversing and Manipulating the DOM with YUI
  • YUI: Handling Cross-Browser Events
  • YUI: Using Animation and Drag and Drop
  • YUI: Simplifying AJAX and Dynamic Loading
  • YUI: Building User Interfaces with Widgets
  • Enhancing Development with the YUI Core
  • YUI: Dealing with Data, Tables, and Charts
  • Working with YUI CSS Tools
  • Building and Deploying YUI
  • ExtJS: Architecture and Library Conventions
  • ExtJS: Elements, DomHelper, and Templates
  • ExtJS: Components, Layouts, and Windows
  • ExtJS: Handling Data and Talking with the Server
  • ExtJS: DataViews and Grids
  • ExtJS: Form Controls, Validation
  • Dojo: Enhancing Development with Dojo Core
  • Dojo: Manipulating the DOM
  • Dojo: Handling Events
  • Dojo: Composing Animations
  • Dojo: Working with AJAX and Dynamic Data
  • Dojo: Building User Interfaces with Widgets
  • Building and Deploying Dojo
  • Expanding Dojo
  • Enhancing Development with MooTools
  • MooTools: Manipulating the DOM and Handling Events
  • MooTools: Simplifying AJAX and Handling Dynamic Data
  • MooTools: Building User Interfaces and Using Animation 
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Introduction.

Part I: Prototype.

Chapter 1: Extending and Enhancing DOM Elements.

Chapter 2: Handling Cross-Browser Events.

Chapter 3: Simplifying AJAX and Dynamic Data.

Chapter 4: Working with Forms.

Chapter 5: Manipulating Common Data Structures and Functions.

Chapter 6: Extending Prototype.

Part II: Yahoo! User Interface Library.

Chapter 7: Traversing and Manipulating the DOM with YUI.

Chapter 8: Handling Cross-Browser Events.

Chapter 9: Using Animation and Drag and Drop.

Chapter 10: Simplifying AJAX and Dynamic Loading.

Chapter 11: Building User Interfaces with Widgets (Part I).

Chapter 12: Building User Interfaces with Widgets (Part II).

Chapter 13: Enhancing Development with the YUI Core.

Chapter 14: Dealing with Data, Tables, and Charts.

Chapter 15: Working with YUI CSS Tools.

Chapter 16: Building and Deploying.

Part III: Ext JS.

Chapter 17: Architecture and Library Conventions.

Chapter 18: Elements, DomHelper, and Templates.

Chapter 19: Components, Layouts, and Windows.

Chapter 20: Handling Data and Talking with the Server.

Chapter 21: DataViews and Grids.

Chapter 22: Form Controls, Validation, and a Whole Lot More.

Part IV: Dojo.

Chapter 23: Enhancing Development with Dojo Core.

Chapter 24: Manipulating the Dom.

Chapter 25: Handling Events.

Chapter 26: Composing Animations.

Chapter 27: Working with Ajax and Dynamic Data.

Chapter 28: Building User Interfaces with Widgets.

Chapter 29: Building and Deploying Dojo.

Chapter 30: Expanding Dojo.

Part V: MooTools.

Chapter 31: Enhancing Development with MooTools.

Chapter 32: Manipulating the Dom and Handling Events.

Chapter 33: Simplifying Ajax and Handling Dynamic Data.

Chapter 34: Building User Interfaces and Using Animation.

Index.

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