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YUI 2.8: Learning the Library

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YUI 2.8: Learning the Library

Overview of this book

The YUI Library is a set of utilities and controls written in JavaScript for building Rich Internet Applications, across all major browsers and independently of any server technology. There's a lot of functionality baked into YUI, but getting to and understanding that functionality is not for the faint of heart. This book gives you a clear picture of YUI through a step-by-step approach, packed with lots of examples.YUI 2.8: Learning the Library covers all released (non-beta) components of the YUI 2.8 Library in detail with plenty of working examples, looking at the classes that make up each component and the properties and methods that can be used. It includes a series of practical examples to reinforce how each component should/can be used, showing its use to create complex, fully featured, cross-browser, Web 2.0 user interfaces. It has been updated from its first edition with the addition of several chapters covering several new controls and enriched with lots of experience of using them.You will learn to create a number of powerful JavaScript controls that can be used straightaway in your own applications. Besides giving you a deep understanding of the YUI library, this book will expand your knowledge of object-oriented JavaScript programming, as well as strengthen your understanding of the DOM and CSS. The final chapter describes many of the tools available to assist you the developer in debugging, maintaining, and ensuring the best quality in your code. In this new edition, all the examples have been updated to use the most recent coding practices and style and new ones added to cover newer components. Since the basic documentation for the library is available online, the focus is on providing insight and experience.The authors take the reader from beginner to advanced-level YUI usage and understanding.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
YUI 2.8 Learning the Library
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Chapter 10. DataTable

Tabular data is one of the most frequent forms of information we usually deal with. In the previous chapter we've seen how such information can be retrieved from various sources via the DataSource Utility. In this chapter we will see how to present that information to our visitors in a highly interactive way. A YUI DataTable can be sorted, paginated, its cells edited, its columns resized, reordered, hidden or shown, its records selected, and various actions can be associated with user interaction with the table.

In this chapter we will see how to:

  • Define a DataTable

  • Use and add cell formatters

  • Respond to user interaction

  • Enable cell editing

  • Enable sorting and paging on the client side and through the server

DataTable is the largest component measured in the size of its source file and also that of its documentation, which provides a good representation of the options it offers. To this, it is fair to add the size and features provided by the DataSource that is a required dependency...