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Ext JS 4 Plugin and Extension Development

By : Abdullah Al Mohammad
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Ext JS 4 Plugin and Extension Development

By: Abdullah Al Mohammad

Overview of this book

Ext JS is a pure JavaScript application framework for building interactive web applications using techniques such as Ajax, DHTML, and DOM scripting. Ext JS 4 Plugin and Extension Development is a practical, step-by-step tutorial which guides you to learn and develop ExtJS plugins and extensions. There are a lot of examples with explanations and plenty of code provided to make it easier and quicker to pick up. Starting with the fundamentals, this book introduces some of the ExtJS library and community provided plugins and extensions and finishes with several hands-on, real world development examples. You will get a clear concept of ExtJS plugins and extensions and learn how to use them. You will also learn how to develop an ExtJS plugin and extension by going through several examples with code and screenshots. Ext JS 4 Plugin and Extension Development book will provide you with the knowledge to develop ExtJS plugins and extensions using real-life examples.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Ext JS 4 Plugin and Extension Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Differences between an extension and a plugin

The Ext JS extensions and plugins are used for the same purpose; they add extended functionality to Ext JS classes. But they mainly differ in terms of how they are written and the reason for which they are used.

Ext JS extensions are extension classes or subclasses of Ext JS classes. To use these extensions, we need to instantiate these extensions by creating an object. We can provide additional properties, functions, and can even override any parent member to change its behavior. The extensions are very tightly coupled to the classes from which they are derived. The Ext JS extensions are mainly used when we need to modify the behavior of an existing class or component, or we need to create a fully new class or component.

Ext JS plugins are also Ext JS classes, but they include the init function. To use the plugins we don't need to directly instantiate these classes; instead, we need to register the plugins in the plugins' configuration option within the component. After adding, the options and functions will become available to the component itself. The plugins are loosely coupled with the components they are plugged in, and they can be easily detachable and interoperable with multiple components and derived components. Plugins are used when we need to add features to a component. As plugins must be attached to an existing component, creating a fully new component, as done in the extensions, is not useful.