Mootools 1.3 Cookbook

Mootools 1.3 Cookbook

by Jay Johnston


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ISBN-13: 9781849515689
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.58(d)

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MooTools 1.3 Cookbook 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Boudville More than 1 year ago
In an idle moment, I sometimes wonder who dreams up the names of these packages. Especially if they are freeware, there seems to be a prediliction to maximising whimsy. Not that I am objecting; just commenting. Anyhow, MooTools is all about easing the integration of writing HTML and embedded javascript, along with the extensive use of Ajax. It may be the use of Ajax that is of most interest to you. The book also shows how the Document Object Model of a webpage is the key concept in designing a complex page, that might be dynamically constructed on a web server. The most important sentence is the book is tucked away in chapter 3 - 'The creation of new DOM elements with MooTools is elementary, as is calling asynchronous JavaScript requests, Ajax'. This succinctly encompasses the book's scope. To be sure, later chapters then go into specific but low level recipes. Where this could involve making a scrolling thumbnail, or using Firefox's Firebug to debug those nasty asynchronous bugs. One chapter takes you into the problems that can arise with shopping carts. A very practical topic for programmers of commercial websites, where you are trying to sell something, and want that process as simple and robust as possible for customers. The most advanced and difficult section is the last chapter. Telling how to extend the MooTools code itself. This surely will have the smallest readership of all the chapters. Most of you won't need to venture this far. But for the select few, it shows what appears to be relatively straightforward hooks into the existing MooTools code.