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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

Before we go on

Lest we forget, it is worth stressing some of the techniques we've been using so casually in our examples:

  • Use the Reset, Fonts, and Base CSS Tools to ensure a consistent look in all pages.

  • Use the Grids CSS Tool to help in producing the most standard page layouts, compatible with the ad industry standard banner sizes and display resolutions.

  • Use the Dependency Configurator to ensure we have all the pieces we need. Remember to check for optional dependencies on each component Developer Guide page.

  • Use aggregate and minified files for production.

  • Set the sam skin class name on the body, unless you have your replacement for it.

  • If possible, make your pages accessible to JavaScript-challenged visitors; the YUI supports Progressive Enhancement and it can often be used without much of a burden. Disable the JavaScript interpreter on the browser to test it.

  • Place your code right before the end of the <body> section of your page so no time is wasted loading code that will not...