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From the Back Cover
Prototype, YUI, Ext JS, Dojo and MooTools
What you will learn from this book
The Prototype framework: handling cross-browser events, manipulating common data functions, simplifying AJAX and dynamic data, and more
Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) library: using animation and drag and drop, building user interfaces with widgets, working with YUI CSS tools, and more
Ext JS framework: talking with the server, using dataviews and grids, dealing with form controls and validation, and more
The Dojo framework: manipulating the DOM, composing animators, deploying and expanding Dojo, and more
The MooTools framework: enhancing development with MooTools, building user interfaces and using animation, and more
Who this book is for
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I bought THIS framework book hoping that Wrox books would all be of the same high standard - they definitely ain't. None of the frameworks is explained particularly well and the authors vary greatly in their teaching skills and styles. The whole thing feels rushed and crammed together from disparate parts. I thought I was getting something that would allow me to calmly compare and contrast the frameworks. No such luck. There is no flow or linkage between coverage of the frameworks. This is really just a collection of individual essays and not a cohesive whole. The lack of coverage of JQuery is a crucial omission, I now realize - JQuery is a very compelling framework and I would not now buy a similar book without it.
I'd sell this on Ebay, but I'd feel bad taking someone's money. Unlike Wrox, I guess. The question now is whether to recycle it or wait till winter and light the fire with it. :-)
OK, though it seems like I'm damning the authors, well, it's more the conception. Giving each author: (a) enough space and time; (b) access to the other authors to formulate a section on how their framework compared with the others - might have lead to a good book. Sorry guys, I think you got a bad deal. This book badly needed a lead author.
Anyway, enough blah. :-) Don't buy it.
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