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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

Meet the YUI Container family

The Container control is not in itself a control, but rather a family of container-like controls that can add visual appeal and enhancements to any web page or application. The Container family has been created in order to allow you to easily create different types of content containers, which each serve a specific purpose.

The Container family is split up into six different individual containers, which are:

  • Module

  • Overlay

  • Panel

  • Dialog

  • SimpleDialog

  • Tooltip

You will rarely use the first two directly; they are the basis from which all the others inherit. They are also the basis for other controls such as Menu and all those that use Menu such as Button and the Rich Text Editor, which we'll see later. There is a small include file container_core-min.js that contains these first two and we will have to include it when required by those other components that depend on it; as usual, the Dependency Configurator will let us know. If we do need an actual useful container...