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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

Overview of the Backbase APIs

The Backbase Framework delivers a comprehensive and well-balanced set of APIs for developing applications. Some of these APIs are JavaScript-based, others are XML-based. The XML-based APIs always have a JavaScript equivalent API. The opposite is not always true, as we will see when we talk in more detail about XEL. The overview we are giving in this section is mainly based in the JavaScript interface that the Backbase framework provides.

The APIs can be divided into two groups:

  • The low level APIs that have the Document Object Model at the heart, enabling fundamental functions

  • The high level APIs that wrap common implementation patterns into simple calls

For both the low level and the high level APIs, there exist JavaScript implementations that are collected together in the bb object.

The bb object

The bb JavaScript API gives you the ability to interact with the Client Runtime; it is the gateway to the Backbase APIs using JavaScript. You can use the API for calling...