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Easy Web Development with WaveMaker

By : Edward Callahan
Book Image

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


Grids are an ideal widget for displaying lists of multi-column data. This results in many customization needs. In earlier versions of WaveMaker, advanced grid customization required using page functions that were called when each row of data was rendered. Now, all needs can be obtained using Grid Designer, accessed using either the Edit Columns button in the grid's properties or Edit Columns from the menu brought up by right-clicking in the grid on the canvas, as shown in the following screenshot:

We saw earlier how the Grid Designer dialog allowed us to set formatters for columns. The Grid Designer dialog is where we control the details of how the contents of the grid are displayed, including display expressions and custom columns.

Display expressions

We first saw display expressions way back in the WaveyWeb Department tab, where we had a label displaying the name of the selected customer:

"Viewing " + ${}

Building a display expression for a grid...