Mastering Dojo: JavaScript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences

Mastering Dojo: JavaScript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences


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Mastering Dojo: JavaScript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences by Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill, Alex Russell

The last couple of years have seen big changes in server-side web programming. Now it's the client's turn; Dojo is the toolkit to make it happen and Mastering Dojo shows you how.

Dojo is a set of client-side JavaScript tools that help you build better web applications. Dojo blurs the line between local, native applications and browser based applications; the browser becomes the user interface platform. "Modern" browsers provide an incomplete, inconvenient, and incompatible programming environment, but Dojo eliminates these problems. While there are many JavaScript libraries available, most focus on just one thing (for example, effects libraries, perceived JavaScript omissions, or HTML widgets). Dojo addresses all of these functional areas-and many others-extensively.

In Mastering Dojo, you'll get the whole story, from basic usage to advanced idioms. Mastering Dojo starts out with a fast moving tutorial that will give you techniques that you can start using right away. You'll learn all about Dojo Core—the foundation on which all things Dojo stand. See how you can modularize your project for development and automatically package your release for optimal download performance. You'll also learn how Dojo:

  • augments the core JavaScript library
  • fixes the event system
  • simplifies DOM programming
  • provides a complete class definition facility
  • includes a powerful remote scripting (XHR) framework
  • ... and much more.

    You'll love using Dojo's HTML user interface control widget system, Dijit. See how to use over 40 widgets, including the rich yet easy-to-use tree and grid controls.

    Finally, you'll get an in-depth look at how to design and build a single-page, richInternet Application.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781934356111
    Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
    Publication date: 06/01/2008
    Series: Pragmatic Programmers Series
    Pages: 558
    Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

    About the Author

    Alex Russell studied printed textiles in Manchester, and worked as a designer and teacher before becoming a full-time lecturer in Nottingham. He then set up a freelance business, working from Brussels, Amsterdam and the UK, with an international client list creating print, pattern, forecasting and illustration work for fashion and interiors.

    Alex is now a senior lecturer on the Textile Design for Fashion programme at Manchester Metropolitan University and continues to practise as a freelance designer. His work features widely in books on print and pattern, and his research interests include exploring the potential of digital fabric printing and generative design.

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