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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

Creating a DataTable

The constructor for DataTable takes the following arguments:

  1. 1. A reference to a container that will hold the DataTable, either by its id or a DOM reference

  2. 2. The column definitions that define the data to be shown and how it will be presented

  3. 3. The instance of DataSource that will retrieve the data

  4. 4. An optional object containing configuration attributes

The first argument can be any container in the page. Contrary to other controls we've seen previously, the DataTable is unable to read existing markup from the page. It is the DataSource that can read HTML tables so, in a way, the container referenced in the first argument may contain markup, but it will reach the DataTable via a roundabout route, through the DataSource. The DataTable will completely obliterate any previous contents of the container so, in a way, the effect is pretty much the same.

For our example, we'll read another of the YQL tables via this query:

select abstract, date, width, height, thumbnail_url...