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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (Nov. 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131423436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131423435
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 16.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #703,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this book mainly because I was interested to learn more about NSPR (Netscape portable runtime library) and XPCOM (cross-platform clone of Microsoft's COM). Unfortunately, as it turned out, the book does not cover these technologies in great detail. The book discusses them mainly in context of using from JavaScript, but my interest is in using them from C++ (interesting detail: there are no C++ code samples in the book, all the samples are either in JavaScript or XML). By the way, I find it disappointing that Mozilla is still bound exclusively to the Netscape's creature called JavaScript though there exist other and in some ways more powerful and expressive scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, Perl. Technologies and tools such XPCOM or SWIG could make it possible to automagically generate bindings for all or some of these languages. Another thing that is missing is comparison of Mozilla platform with alternative technologies such as Eclipse or Qt. In other words there is no clear answer why and when one should choose Mozilla.
The books is probably good for those interested in cross-platform GUI development using blend of XML and JavaScript if you already made up your mind to use Mozilla. But I would not recommend it for C++ progammer who wants to get a better insight in Mozilla code base, which is probably not very surprising - the book's content just matches its title.
PS The book polygraphic quality is just excellent. It's printed on a fine paper with nice typesetting.
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Most good programming books have clear examples and good Appendices.
This book, unfortunately, decided to take the examples and the Appendix and shuffle them together.
Code examples for the 'Note Taker' application are hard to follow on first read through. Too much detail is given for tag options (that should have been in appendices), and the example app is never displayed in full.
It may just be me, but I learn quicker if I can see something practical and then have it explained. I can identify pieces of a puzzle much better if I know the context of each piece beforehand.
It may be "Rapid Application" Development, but I'm afraid it isn't Rapid "Application Development" in my opinion. It's obviously written by someone with a deep understanding of Mozilla application development - I just wished that they had tested it on some Mozilla newbies and taken on board feedback before publishing!
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This is one of the most fascinating technical books I've read in some time. This book teaches something you want to know about, if you are a web programmer. Your education is not complete without it. You can definitely handle this, too. Discover why RAD on Mozilla is cool.
Nigel McFarlane's book offers an introduction to the vast of the capabilities of the Mozilla browser. Want to build an application? Download and install a copy of Mozilla (it's free), get this book, and start exploring Mozilla's vastly sophisticated application development framework. You don't need deep expertise in Mozilla internals to get applications started. I am working on a project for a client that will emphasize graphics. This book is helping me get started with it, even though I have no deep knowledge of Mozilla's workings. I'm now dabbling with XML User Interface Language (XUL), XML Binding Language (XBL), and Resource Description Framework (RDF), thanks to this book. I'm also getting indirect exposure to Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), MathML, and Chemistry Markup Language (CML), as an unexpected side benefit. The Mozilla.org developers have implemented to some degree these interesting and deeply complex XML-related standards.
The book is easy to read. McFarlane is able to take extremely complex material and explain it in a way most people will understand. Go ahead, read the first few of Chapters 1 and 15: they will draw your interest and bring you into the next paragraph and the next. You can pick up this book, read the introductory material, and go right into Mozilla and start working. You will understand what McFarlane is talking about. The writing format should sustain your interest in experimenting and learning more and then going on to do your own applications.
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Mozilla is earning new prominence in today's fast-paced Internet society. So for anyone who wants to know how to leverage Mozilla's power for their own Web applications, they need a decent practicum. Enter Rapid Application Development with Mozilla. This is a highly detailed book that starts at the beginning and ends at the end, such as it is. The technology is so open ended, it's hard to find a place to stop, so it is left up to the user's imagination and desire to take the technology explained in the book wherever they want to go.
Two of the biggest things Mozilla brings to the table are DOM (the Document Object Model) and XUL (the XML User-interface Language). For anyone who already understands the basic data structure of XML, they can realize huge benefits from Mozilla's XUL interface. The book details how to use these technologies to build exceptional Web applications which can be integrated with other technologies like JavaScript?.
From the most basic examples to the beginnings of large application examples, a reader can find most anything within the pages of this book. It can be used as a learning tutorial if read cover to cover. Or, with its extensive index consisting of topics, tags and assorted conventions, one could simply use this book as a reference guide. The only drawback I could find with the text is its limited scope. However, if you're not the sort of person who is going to be designing Web applications using Mozilla's tools, you would hardly be interested in this book anyway.
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