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Backbase 4 RIA Development

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Backbase 4 RIA Development

Overview of this book

Backbase is a very powerful and complex JavaScript library, with many user interface components to help make web development easier. It allows the development of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that run within all major browsers but its powers and complexity mean that the choice of component can be overwhelming. Understanding when and how to use the right component might not always be straightforward. This book makes that easier. This is a practical book that teaches you how to use the Backbase Client Framework effectively, with a complete overview and many examples. A core developer of the framework puts the technologies used into a wider perspective of existing web standards and a seasoned software architect explains why XML-based UI definition produces better web applications. The transparent use of AJAX technologies, for example to submit forms, or to retrieve updates for data grids, can be taken for granted with the Backbase framework. Packed with examples, the book shows you how to get the most from the library of UI components, and then extend the library with its own custom language. With this book in hand, it is easy to enable AJAX within your web application. You will be able to use the Backbase framework effectively, from basic applications to complex, custom-defined UI components. This book contains a complete overview of all the UI libraries available within the Backbase framework and shows examples for each element described. The Backbase framework offers an innovative Tag Definition Language (TDL), which allows developers to create new UI components that can be used as XML elements, in the same way as using the built-in GUI library. Using TDL brings considerable development advantages, and this book explains how. Significant attention is also given to architectural aspects of designing a web-application, showing sample applications using a model-view-controller approach.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Backbase 4 RIA Development
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

What is a square web application?

In the very beginning of this book we said something along these lines: would it not be nice if...

  • You would have an extensive library of UI widgets that could be used in the same way as HTML?

  • You could extend HTML with new widgets and components in any way you like?

  • You could use AJAX almost transparently?

  • You could bind data retrieved from the server in flexible ways to any widget, in particular data grids?

We explained in this book that the Backbase framework allows you to develop applications answering these questions with a resounding "yes". A square web application is a single page application that uses BTL, TDL, XHTML, CSS, and data-bound widgets, and nothing else.

That may sound obvious at first, but it actually isn't. You can use the Backbase framework in any way you wish, also for traditional multi-page applications, with just a few BTL widgets, or with JavaScript all across the page. The framework may be slow if you try to do so because of the overhead...