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Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide

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Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide

Overview of this book

Vaadin is a mature, open-source, and powerful Java framework used to build modern web applications in plain Java. Vaadin brings back the fun of programming UI interfaces to the web universe. No HTML, no CSS, no JavaScript, no XML. Vaadin lets you implement web user interfaces using an object oriented model, similar to desktop technologies such as Swing and AWT. Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide is an engaging guide that will teach you how to develop web applications in minutes. With this book, you will Develop useful applications and learn basics of Java web development. By the end of the book you will be able to build Java web applications that look fantastic. The book begins with simple examples using the most common Vaadin UI components and quickly move towards more complex applications as components are introduced chapter-by-chapter. Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example: Beginner's Guide shows you how to use Eclipse, Netbeans, and Maven to create Vaadin projects. It then demonstrates how to use labels, text fields, buttons, and other input components. Once you get a grasp of the basic usage of Vaadin, the book explains Vaadin theory to prepare you for the rest of the trip that will enhance your knowledge of Vaadin UI components and customization techniques.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Vaadin 7 UI Design By Example Beginner's Guide
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Getting request information

When we talk about a request to a web application, we are talking about an HTTP request that a browser makes to our server. The server will take the context path and route the request to the appropriate application. An important part of the HTTP request is the URL used to access the application and its resources. To better digest the knowledge contained in this chapter, let's see some important parts of a URL:

We will learn how to take advantage of the three last ones (path info, parameter, and fragment) in order to develop navigable applications with Vaadin.

Path info

If we can use Vaadin to develop website-like applications, we must be able to build a simple website like the following:

This is a website consisting of three pages:

  • Welcome: The default Vaadin component shown when the last part of the URL is empty. This is what we have done in the previous chapters.

  • Page 1: A Vaadin component shown when the URL finishes with page1.

  • Page 2: A Vaadin component shown when...