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qooxdoo Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Mohamed Raffi, Rajesh Kumar Bachu

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Book Details

ISBN 139781849513708
Paperback420 pages

About This Book

  • Become a competent Rich Internet Application developer in qooxdoo
  • Gain knowledge on core object oriented programming concepts in qooxdoo
  • Get a good understanding on design and implementation of RIA in qooxdoo
  • Learn to do unit testing and automation testing of your qooxdoo application
  • Develop an end to end application, Team Twitter, using qooxdoo client and Java server


Who This Book Is For

This book is intended for the client side developers who design and develop internet web applications and enterprise web applications. If you want to start developing RIA applications in qooxdoo, this book would be a great help to jump start your development. If you are already developing qooxdoo applications, this book will help you to go through the qooxdoo framework quickly to improve your contribution to your project.

This book is also intended for the desktop application developers who want to move into RIA development and develop internet web applications and rich enterprise web applications.

It also provides an idea for the Architects and Lead developers to know about qooxdoo and evaluate the framework.

It helps beginners in qooxdoo to easily set up the development environment and explains the concepts in an order that is easily graspable by beginners.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is qooxdoo?
A feel of an RIA developed in qooxdoo
Time for action - play with the feed reader application
Architecture of qooxdoo SDK
qooxdoo framework features
Event-based rich UI programming
GUI widget library
Time for action - checking the demo browser and the playground applications
Application to be developed in this book—Team Twitter
Time for action - checking the Team Twitter application
What you should know and what you don't need to know
Chapter 2: Say Hello to the qooxdoo World!
Installing qooxdoo tools
Time for action - installing qooxdoo tools
Installing qooxdoo SDK
Time for action - installing qooxdoo SDK
Creating a simple qooxdoo application
Time for action - creating a simple qooxdoo application
Passing data to the server
Communicating with the server
RPC servers
Integrating with the Java server
Time for action - integrating with the Java server
Chapter 3: Core Programming Concepts
Code comments and API documentation
Time for action - generating API documentation for Team Twitter
Object-oriented programming
Time for action - writing classes for Team Twitter
qooxdoo properties
Events—class level
Time for action - enhancing Team Twitter classes with properties
Chapter 4: Working with Layouts and Menus
Base classes for widgets
Layout managers
Time for action - designing layout managers for Team Twitter
Menu, MenuBar, and ToolBar
Chapter 5: Working with Widgets
Basic widgets
Time for action - enhancing the server application
Form widgets
Time for action - adding widgets into Team Twitter
Special widgets
Custom widgets
Time for action - adding a custom widget to Team Twitter
Inline widgets
The table widget
The tree widget
The treevirtual widget
Chapter 6: Working with Forms and Data
Form handling
Time for action - enhancing the UserSignUpForm
Object pooling
Data binding
Time for action - enhancing the UserSignUpForm again
Chapter 7: Testing and Debugging
Unit testing
Time for action - performing unit test
Integration testing
Time for action - performing integration test
Time for action - debugging
Chapter 8: Internationalization
Time for action - generating PO files for Team Twitter
Chapter 9: Working with Themes
Meta theme
Icon theme
Color theme
Font theme
Decoration theme
Appearance theme
Time for action - customizing themes for Team Twitter
Chapter 10: Performance
Memory management
Object pooling
Compile-time tuning
Partitioning and lazy loading
Time for action - partitioning
Good practices for performance
Chapter 11: Miscellaneous
Time for action - migration
Back button support
qooxdoo license

What You Will Learn

  • Gain knowledge on core object oriented programming concepts in qooxdoo
  • Communicate through RPC-based AJAX calls
  • Use light weight JSON to pass the data between client and server
  • Get well versed with Containers and Layout Managers
  • Learn most of the off the shelf widgets provided by qooxdoo in an organized way
  • Design and implement Rich Internet Applications in qooxdoo
  • Learn to do unit testing and automated testing of your qooxdoo application
  • Easily internationalize your qooxdoo application to multiple languages
  • Customize your qooxdoo application's look and feel using Themes
  • Profile and improve performance of the qooxdoo applications
  • Create reusable custom widgets for your qooxdoo applications
  • Develop enterprise applications in qooxdoo


In Detail

Over the past few years, all the major internet or enterprise applications are developed or migrated to Rich Internet Application to support all the features that are provided in the desktop applications. This helps organizations keep the end users happy and also improves application deployment and maintenance. qooxdoo is a stable, open source RIA framework. If you are waiting and watching for the right time to migrate your application to qooxdoo, this is the right time!

This book explains in detail about the rich user interface development in qooxdoo. It explains various concepts of qooxdoo framework in an easy to grasp and organized way, making it simple even for a novice in qooxdoo and also increases the competency level of the developer who is already working in qooxdoo.

This book helps developers understand the qooxdoo framework, setup the environment, and start the development of RIA using qooxdoo. You will learn the core programming techniques in qooxdoo, user interface development in qooxdoo, testing & debugging qooxdoo applications, internationalization of qooxdoo applications to multiple languages, customizing the look and feel of qooxdoo applications using Themes, Performance management, etc.

In the course of the book, we develop a complete application which will help the developer to understand the concepts better and to put things together to see the step-by-step progress to complete an application. By the end, this book will get the developer accustomed to the widgets and API available in the qooxdoo framework, and will enable him to design, develop, debug, and test the RIA in qooxdoo.


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