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Easy Web Development with WaveMaker

By : Edward Callahan
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Easy Web Development with WaveMaker

By: Edward Callahan

Overview of this book

Developers of all levels can now easily develop custom, responsive, and rich web application clients with secure, scalable servers utilizing relational databases and RESTful services using WaveMaker Studio. Whether you need a departmental business application or a form application for your weekend club, this book will show you how to design, develop, and deploy professional grade web applications with WaveMaker. Easy Web Development with WaveMaker will help you use WaveMaker to design, develop, and deploy rich, responsive web applications, even if you are not a programmer. If you need to build a data-driven web application, but you only know ‘enough to be dangerous,' you need this book. This book examines every angle of using WaveMaker to build applications, from dissecting examples to customizing, deploying, and debugging your own applications. This book enables the non-professional programmer to become comfortable not only with using WaveMaker Studio itself, but also with the artefacts produced by the studio as well as the runtime and services provided by the WaveMaker framework. You will learn everything, from how customize the user experience with JavaScript and CSS to integrating with custom Java services and the Spring Framework server-side. Easy Web Development with WaveMaker 6.5 is packed with examples, code samples, screenshots, and links to equip you to be successful with WaveMaker Studio.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Easy Web Development with WaveMaker
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Styling the Application
Working with Databases
Utilizing Web Services

Chapter 1. Getting Started with WaveMaker

WaveMaker Studio is an open source project that enables web application development by non-professional developers. WaveMaker is not a programming language; instead, it is a tool that makes it easy to build web applications in leading languages. As you visually assemble components in your browser, WaveMaker constructs an industrial strength application using leading open source libraries, such as the Spring Framework and the Dojo Toolkit. The result is a standards-based web application that can be built by a beginner and maintained by an expert.

We'll prepare for our journey by setting up our workspace. First, we will need to get ourselves a copy of WaveMaker Studio and the required examples. This book includes eight example applications. Viewing the sample projects in the Studio, as a developer, is a great way to better understand how these applications were built. With the example source code in hand, we will take one of the example applications out for a spin. This will provide us with a tangible understanding of our destination and a look at what we are able to create using WaveMaker. We'll end our introduction with a quick look under the covers of the sample. By examining the sample from a developer's point of view, we'll get our first feel for how things work under the pretty user interface.

In this chapter, we will:

  • Set you up with your own WaveMaker Studio

  • Configure your workspace to run the examples

  • Tour a simple sample WaveMaker project

  • Peek under the covers of the sample application