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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
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UI markup languages

As we have explained in Chapter 1, the Backbase framework implements a set of XML markup languages for the purpose of developing web applications. In this section, we will give an overview of those markup languages that are used to develop the visual part of your web application.

Believe it or not, after reading just the first chapter you will have a sound background to start developing Backbase web applications. So far, you have seen how to:

  • Set up an application UI skeleton

  • Specify the namespace definitions needed

  • Put Backbase Tag Library widgets on the page

  • Interact with a widget through an event handler

The key insight into understanding how to develop web applications with the Backbase framework is that you will develop XHTML documents as before, using familiar XHTML syntax and technology. In addition to what you could use before, you have a set of XML markup languages available that use their own XML namespaces. Not only can you use the languages that Backbase has developed...