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Essential XUL Programming

ISBN: 978-0-471-41580-0
432 pages
August 2001
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A revolutionary new technology for the rapidly expanding world of e-commerce, XUL (XML User Interface Language) is an XML-based user interface language that gives Web developers control over all aspects of the
Web interface. Featuring two tutorials on programming with XUL, this book shows developers how to use basic XUL elements to build a sample interface for an e-commerce site, then goes on to explore more sophisticated applications by creating an information portal inside an application. Readers will find expert tips and advice on how to get started writing XUL code as well as how to extend it into Java and other non-Netscape interfaces.
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Table of Contents



About the Authors.

Chapter 1 What Is XUL?

The Origins of XUL.

Leveraged Technologies in XUL.

Types of XUL User Interface Widgets.

XUL Features.

Implementing XUL.



Chapter 2 An XML Primer.

XML Syntax.

Creating a Document Type Definition.

Constructing a XUL DTD.

Creating a Schema.

The Document Object Model.


Chapter 3 Using Cascading Style Sheets.

A Simple CSS Example.

CSS Fundamentals.

Using CSS with XUL.



Chapter 4 Building a Simple XUL Interface.

Building a XUL Application.

Complete Code for xulexample.xul.

Complete Code for eventhandlers.js.


Chapter 5 Creating Netscape Themes.

Gathering Your Tools.

Downloading a Template.

Developing Your Netscape Theme.


Chapter 6 RDF and XUL Templates.

The RDF Model and Syntax.

Building and Using XUL Templates.



Chapter 7 XUL Overlays and XBL.

Using XUL Overlays.

Using XML Binding Language (XBL).



Chapter 8 The jXUL Open Source Project.

Why jXUL?

The jXUL Architecture.

jXUL Components.

jXUL Packages.

Getting Involved in the jXUL Project.

Challenges for the jXUL Project.


Chapter 9 Case Study: Creating a Customizable Browser Portal .

Defining the Problem.

Approaching the Solution.

Under the Hood: An In-Depth Look at Netscape's "My Sidebar".

Customizing My Sidebar for the Case Study.


Chapter 10 Case Study: Building an E-Commerce User Interface with XUL.

Defining the Problem.

Analyzing the Requirements.

Designing the User Interface.

Building the User Interface.

Creating and Populating the User Interface.

Navigating the Finished Product.

Main XUL Interface File.

JavaScript Event Handling File.

Overlay Files.


Appendix A: XUL Programmer's Reference.

Appendix B: Netscape Theme Reference.


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Author Information

VAUGHN BULLARD is a senior principal software engineer with BTG Inc., where he is the Java/XML/UML evangelist and instructor for the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division. He currently teaches and develops curricula for software development technologies including XML, Java, and UML for Learning Tree International.

KEVIN T. SMITH is a senior principal software engineer at BTG, Inc., where he specializes in Java, XML, and Internet security solutions for a wide variety of customers. He has taught courses in computer science, and gives technical presentations at multiple organizations and conferences.

MICHAEL C. DACONTA is Director of Web and Technology Services for McDonald Bradley, Inc., where he conducts training seminars and develops advanced systems with Java, JavaScript, and XML. He is a Sun-certified Java programmer and coauthor of Java Pitfalls, Java 2 and JavaScript for C and C++ Programmers, and C++ Pointers and Dynamic Memory Management (all from Wiley).
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**** Rating
"this is the only book I have seen, at the time of writing, dealing entirely with XUL" (The Computer Bulletin - BCS, March 2002)
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