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Enterprise Application Development with Ext JS and Spring

By : Gerald Gierer
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Enterprise Application Development with Ext JS and Spring

By: Gerald Gierer

Overview of this book

Spring and Ext JS are cutting edge frameworks that allow us to build high performance web applications for modern devices, that are now consuming data at a faster rate than ever before. It is the appropriate time for you to understand how to best leverage these technologies when architecting, designing, and developing large scale web development projects. This practical guide condenses an approach to web development that was gained from real world projects, and outlines a simple, practical approach to developing high performance, and enterprise grade web applications. Starting with configuring Java, NetBeans, and MySQL to prepare your development environment, you will then learn how to connect your NetBeans IDE to the MySQL database server. We will then explore the Task Time Tracker (3T) project database structure and populate these tables with test data. Following on from this, we will examine core JPA concepts after reverse engineering the domain layer with NetBeans. Leveraging the Data Access Object design pattern, you will learn how to build the Java DAO implementation layer assisted by generics in base classes, followed by a Data Transfer Object enabled service layer to encapsulate the business logic of your 3T application. The final chapters that focus on Java explore how to implement the request handling layer using Spring annotated controllers, and deploy the 3T application to the GlassFish server. We will then configure the Ext JS 4 development environment and introduce key Ext JS 4 concepts, including MVC and practical design conventions. Covering a variety of important Ext JS 4 strategies and concepts, you will be fully-equipped to implement a variety of different user interfaces using the Ext JS MVC design pattern. Your journey ends by exploring the production build and deployment process using Maven, Sencha Cmd and GlassFish.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Enterprise Application Development with Ext JS and Spring
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Introducing Spring Data JPA

Ext JS 4 theming

Ext JS 4 themes leverage Syntactically Awesome StyleSheets (SASS) and Compass ( to enable the use of variables and mixins in stylesheets. Almost all of the styles for Ext JS 4 components can be customized, including colors, fonts, borders, and backgrounds, by simply changing the SASS variables. SASS is an extension of CSS that allows you to keep large stylesheets well-organized; a very good overview and reference can be found at

Theming an Ext JS 4 application using Compass and SASS is beyond the scope of this book. Sencha Cmd allows easy integration with these technologies to build SASS projects; however, the SASS language and syntax is a steep learning curve in its own right. Ext JS 4 theming is very powerful and minor changes to the existing themes can quickly change the appearance of your application. You can find out more about Ext JS 4 theming at