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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

Look ahead with the AutoComplete Control

The AutoComplete control allows you to add a useful typing suggestion facility that presents a drop-down list, which holds suggested words when a visitor types into a text field. It's just the frontend, so you'll need to consume third-party web services or construct your own backend data source, from which the suggestion engine receives data.

The following screenshot shows an example of an AutoComplete control that has been interacted with in this way:

Here, the visitor has found a suitable suggestion and has moved down with the down arrow to select javascript tutorial, ready to hit the Enter key, which would fold the dropdown and execute the associated action.

AutoComplete Constructor

The YAHOO.widget.AutoComplete constructor takes up to four arguments:

  1. 1. A reference to an HTML input element that the AutoComplete control is associated with and can be either an ID string or DOM reference

  2. 2. A reference to a container element, usually a <div&gt...