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YUI 2.8: Learning the Library

By : Dan Wellman, Daniel Barreiro, Daniel Osvaldo Barreiro
Book Image

YUI 2.8: Learning the Library

By: Dan Wellman, Daniel Barreiro, Daniel Osvaldo Barreiro

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 Panel

We'll work through examples of each of the out-of-the-box YUI containers that we have just looked at, so you can see exactly how easy they are to implement and work with. Creating custom containers is also possible, but won't be discussed in this book.

To showcase the ease with which Panel objects can be created, we will use our standard template and, besides the ever-present yahoo-dom-events.js, we will include container-min.js and its associated container.css from their corresponding locations as the Dependency Configurator will instruct us. We will also add dragdrop-min.js so we can drag the Panel around without any further coding on our part.

The page will contain a couple of image thumbnails and when clicking on them, a full sized version will pop up in a Panel. The actual example, panel.html, that is included in the examples download, has some more decoration, supported by an ancillary CSS file, which we won't analyze here; however, the style of the Panel itself is...