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1. Dojo: The Definitive Guide (2008)

Of all the Ajax-specific frameworks that have popped up in recent years, one clearly stands out as the industrial strength solution. Dojo is not just another JavaScript toolkit—it’s the JavaScript toolkit—and Dojo: The Definitive Guide demonstrates how to tame Dojo’s extensive library of utilities so that you can build rich and responsive web applications like never before. Dojo founder Alex Russell gives a foreword that explains the “why” of Dojo and of this book.

Dojo provides an end-to-end solution for development in the browser, including everything from the core JavaScript library and turnkey widgets to build tools and a testing framework. Its vibrant open source community keeps adding to Dojo’s arsenal, and this book provides an ideal companion to Dojo’s official documentation.

Dojo: the Definitive Guide gives you the most thorough overview of this toolkit available, showing you everything from how to create complex layouts and form controls closely resembling those found in the most advanced desktop applications with stock widgets, to advanced JavaScript idioms to AJAX and advanced communication transports. With this definitive reference you get:

  • Get a concise introduction to Dojo that’s good for all 1.x versions
  • Well-explained examples, with scores of tested code samples, that let you see Dojo in action
  • A comprehensive reference to Dojo’s standard JavaScript library (including fundamental utilities in Base, Dojo’s tiny but powerful kernel) that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without
  • An extensive look at additional Core features, such as animations, drag-and-drop, back-button handling, animations like wipe and slide, and more
  • Exhaustive coverage of out-of-the-box Dijits (Dojo widgets) as well as definitive coverage on how to create your own, either from scratch or building on existing ones
  • An itemized inventory of DojoX subprojects, the build tools, and the DOH, Dojo’s unit-testing framework that you can use with Dojo—or anywhere else

If you’re a DHTML-toting web developer, you need to read this book—whether you’re a one-person operation or part of an organization employing scores of developers. Dojo packs the standard JavaScript library you’ve always wanted, and Dojo: The Definitive Guide helps you transform your ideas into working applications quickly by leveraging design concepts you already know.

Author(s): Matthew A. Russell

2. Dojo: Using the Dojo JavaScript Library to Build Ajax Applications (2008)

Dojo offers Web developers and designers a powerful JavaScript toolkit for rapidly developing robust Ajax applications. Now, for the first time, there’s a complete, example-rich developer’s guide to Dojo and its growing library of prepackaged widgets. Reviewed and endorsed by the Dojo Foundation, the creators of Dojo, this book brings together all the hands-on guidance and tested code samples you need to succeed.

 

Expert Web developer James E. Harmon begins by demonstrating how to “Ajax-ify” existing applications and pages with Dojo, adding Ajax features such as client- and server-side validation as quickly and nondisruptively as possible. Next, he presents in-depth coverage of Dojo’s user interface, form, layout, and specialized Widgets, showing how they work and how to use them most effectively. Among the Widgets, he covers in detail: Date Pickers, Rich Text Editors, Combo Boxes, Expandable Outlines, and many others.

 

In conclusion, Harmon introduces the Dojo toolkit’s powerful capabilities for simplifying Ajax development. He thoroughly explains Dojo’s helper functions, shortcuts, and special methods, illuminating each feature with examples of the JavaScript problems it can solve. This section’s far-ranging coverage includes strings, JSON support, event handling, Ajax remoting, Dojo and the DOM, testing, debugging, and much more. All source code examples are provided on a companion Web site, including source code for a complete tutorial case study application.

Author(s): James E. Harmon

3. The Dojo Toolkit: Visual QuickStart Guide (2008)

The Dojo Toolkit is an open-source JavaScript toolkit for building Web applications so dynamic they jump off the page. Filled with special controls like calendars and menus, and special effects like wipes and fade-ins, Dojo is rapidly gaining popularity and is emerging as the toolkit of choice for Ajax applications. The Dojo Toolkit Visual QuickStart Guide covers the highlights of Dojo in detail and is the easiest way to get up and running quickly with Dojo.

Author(s): Steven Holzner

4. Mastering Dojo: JavaScript and Ajax Tools for Great Web Experiences (Pragmatic Programmers) (2008)

The last couple of years have seen big changes in server-side web programming. Now it’s the client’s turn; Dojo is the toolkit to make it happen and Mastering Dojo shows you how.

Dojo is a set of client-side JavaScript tools that help you build better web applications. Dojo blurs the line between local, native applications and browser based applications; the browser becomes the user interface platform. “Modern” browsers provide an incomplete, inconvenient, and incompatible programming environment, but Dojo eliminates these problems. While there are many JavaScript libraries available, most focus on just one thing (for example, effects libraries, perceived JavaScript omissions, or HTML widgets). Dojo addresses all of these functional areas-and many others-extensively.

In Mastering Dojo, you’ll get the whole story, from basic usage to advanced idioms. Mastering Dojo starts out with a fast moving tutorial that will give you techniques that you can start using right away. You’ll learn all about Dojo Core–the foundation on which all things Dojo stand. See how you can modularize your project for development and automatically package your release for optimal download performance. You’ll also learn how Dojo:

  • augments the core JavaScript library
  • fixes the event system
  • simplifies DOM programming
  • provides a complete class definition facility
  • includes a powerful remote scripting (XHR) framework
  • … and much more.

    You’ll love using Dojo’s HTML user interface control widget system, Dijit. See how to use over 40 widgets, including the rich yet easy-to-use tree and grid controls.

    Finally, you’ll get an in-depth look at how to design and build a single-page, richInternet Application.

  • Author(s): Craig Riecke, Rawld Gill

    5. Concise Guide to Dojo (2008)

    The Concise Guide to Dojo

    Dojo has rapidly become one of the hottest JavaScript based web development frameworks. It provides you with the power and flexibility to create attractive and useful dynamic web applications quickly and easily. In this fast-paced, code-intensive guide, you’ll discover how to quickly start taking advantage of Dojo. The pages are packed with useful information and insightful examples that will help you make your web sites more usable, responsive, and functional.

    Expert programmer Leslie Orchard uncovers the practical nuts and bolts of Dojo, including DOM, event handling, and AJAX. He then shows you how to work with additional Dojo add-ons such as Dijit and DojoX. Along the way, you’ll find clever tips so you can gain a better understanding of how to best utilize this Open Source DHTML toolkit. With this excellent guide by your side, you’ll learn how to get the most out of Dojo so you can create dynamic, visually appealing web applications.

    What you will learn from this book

    • How to navigate and manipulate content using DOM

    • Tips for communicating between JavaScript® components behind the scenes

    • How to compose complex animations from scratch

    • Ways to connect with remote server-side data resources

    • How to build and declare user interface widgets and data objects in HTML

    • Techniques for using the build and deployment tools to bundle your code packages

    • All about the DojoX project and Dojo’s expanding experimental frontier

    Who this book is for

    This book is for experienced web developers who want to get straight into Dojo and explore the tools and productivity gains offered by the framework. You should have a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

    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.

    Author(s): Leslie M. Orchard

    6. Getting StartED with Dojo (2009)

    Dojo has been described as the JavaScript toolkit for programmers that’s easy enough for designers to pick up. This book will introduce the foundational concepts of using Dojo to increase efficiency when developing modern websites that utilize Document Object Model (DOM) manipulation, Ajax, animations, effects, and widgets.

    • Dojo basics
    • Animations and effects
    • Widgets with Dijit

    Author(s): Kyle Hayes, Peter Higgins

    7. Scratch by Example: Programming for All Ages (2016)

    This is a book about learning the Scratch language so that you can use it in teaching and other instructional situations. The book explains the visual nature of the language, showing you how to write programs by dragging and dropping visual blocks representing common compute operations. 
    Scratch is visual language that even young children can master. and makes computer programming as easy as dragging and dropping graphical blocks that represent programming commands, eliminating the traditional stumbling blocks of typing and syntax errors. With a drag-and-drop interface that runs in any web browser, and on devices from iPads to PCs to Macs to Microsoft Surface tablets, Scratch is an easily accessible way to enter the world of computer programming. This book teaches how to use Scratch in a fun and simple way that relies on examples and learning by doing. Progressing from simple three-block scripts that move a character across the screen to complex projects that involve motion, sound, and user input, this book:

    • Imparts a thorough understanding of the Scratch interface.
    • Shows how to create a range of Scratch projects, including simple games.
    • Builds a solid foundation for future programming in other languages

    What You Will Learn

    • Navigate  the Scratch interface
    • Create sprites and backdrops
    • Learn programming skills good in all languages
    • Program simple  games and animations
    • Share programs with friends worldwide
    Who This Book Is For
    Scratch for Absolute Beginners is intended for complete beginners to the world of computer programming and the Scratch language. Learning to program in Scratch is an easy and fun way for anybody seven years and older to learn about computer programming. Scratch’s drag-and-drop interface in a web browser makes the book easy and accessible to young children and adults alike.

    Author(s): Eduardo A. Vlieg

    8. Machine Learning in Python: Essential Techniques for Predictive Analysis (2015)

    Learn a simpler and more effective way to analyze data and predict outcomes with Python

    Machine Learning in Python shows you how to successfully analyze data using only two core machine learning algorithms, and how to apply them using Python. By focusing on two algorithm families that effectively predict outcomes, this book is able to provide full descriptions of the mechanisms at work, and the examples that illustrate the machinery with specific, hackable code. The algorithms are explained in simple terms with no complex math and applied using Python, with guidance on algorithm selection, data preparation, and using the trained models in practice. You will learn a core set of Python programming techniques, various methods of building predictive models, and how to measure the performance of each model to ensure that the right one is used. The chapters on penalized linear regression and ensemble methods dive deep into each of the algorithms, and you can use the sample code in the book to develop your own data analysis solutions.

    Machine learning algorithms are at the core of data analytics and visualization. In the past, these methods required a deep background in math and statistics, often in combination with the specialized R programming language. This book demonstrates how machine learning can be implemented using the more widely used and accessible Python programming language.

    • Predict outcomes using linear and ensemble algorithm families
    • Build predictive models that solve a range of simple and complex problems
    • Apply core machine learning algorithms using Python
    • Use sample code directly to build custom solutions

    Machine learning doesn’t have to be complex and highly specialized. Python makes this technology more accessible to a much wider audience, using methods that are simpler, effective, and well tested. Machine Learning in Python shows you how to do this, without requiring an extensive background in math or statistics.

    Author(s): Michael Bowles

    9. Learning Dojo (2008)

    Learning Dojo gives in-depth as well as practical explanations of using the Dojo AJAX JavaScript Toolkit to create powerful and dynamic websites. This book is for web developers with JavaScript knowledge, who want to use Dojo for developing dynamic Web 2.0 applications. Readers need basic web-page creation skills, HTML and CSS, and should be comfortable with the syntax of JavaScript.

    Author(s): Peter Svensson

    10. ArcGIS Web Development (2014)

    Summary

    ArcGIS Web Development is an example-rich tutorial designed to teach developers to use the ArcGIS JavaScript API to build custom GIS web applications.

    About the Technology

    Now you can unshackle your GIS application from a workstation! Using the ArcGIS JavaScript API, developers can build mobile and web-based maps and applications driven by ArcGIS data and functionality. Experienced ArcGIS developers will find that the familiar development environment provides a smooth transition to the web. Web developers new to GIS will be pleased by how easily they can apply their existing skills to GIS applications.

    Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

    About the Book

    ArcGIS Web Development is an example-rich guide that teaches you to use the ArcGIS JavaScript API to build custom GIS web applications. The book begins with easy-to-follow examples that introduce readers to the ArcGIS JavaScript API and show how you can apply simple customizations. As the book progresses, you’ll explore a full-scale, web-mapping application. By the end you will be able to build web apps that have features you’d ordinarily expect to find only in dedicated GIS applications.

    Written for web developers familiar with JavaScript and basic GIS concepts. Experience with ArcGIS is helpful, but not necessary.

    What’s Inside

    • Build web-based GIS applications
    • Customize the ArcGIS Javascript API tools
    • Bring ArcGIS data to the web
    • Create secure logins for mobile app users

    About the Author

    Rene Rubalcava is the cofounder of SmartGeoTech, Inc., a GIS development company specializing in Esri technologies.

    Table of Contents

      PART 1 ARCGIS JAVASCRIPT FOUNDATION
    1. GIS as a tool
    2. Introducing core API concepts
    3. Working with the REST API
    4. PART 2 SAMPLE USE CASE
    5. Building an application
    6. Developing a custom data-collection application
    7. Building a desktop browser application
    8. Advanced techniques
    9. APPENDICES
    1. Setting up your environment
    2. Dojo basics
    3. Configuring a proxy

    Author(s): Rene Rubalcava

    11. Pragmatic Guide to JavaScript (Pragmatic Guides) (2010)

    Once the province of half-baked implementations and useless scrolling messages, JavaScript is now a powerful, dynamic language with a rich ecosystem of professional-grade development tools, infrastructures, frameworks, and toolkits. Presented in bite-sized two-page tasks, these JavaScript tips help practitioners start quickly and save time-particularly through shrewd use of reusable code libraries.

    The JavaScript ecosystem can be tough to hack through, even for experienced programmers. There are so many extensive JavaScript reference books and competing libraries to choose from-Prototype, jQuery, MooTools, YUI, Dojo, ExtJS, and so on.

    Christophe Porteneuve is here to help: he gives you fundamentals, the most handy techniques, and the insider’s best practices. If you’re reasonably comfortable programming in any widely known language, you’ll be able to jump into JavaScript in no time.

    Divided into six Parts, the book starts with JavaScript code patterns that are too often ignored by JavaScript coders. Part 2 presents several essential JavaScript tasks-DOM and CSS manipulations, plus event handling and timers-in a framework-agnostic way, using syntax from all the major flavors. Parts 3 and 4, respectively, hit JavaScript’s best features for user interface functionality-tooltips, lightboxes, image processing, infinite scrolling, and more-and forms for receiving and validating input. Part 5 explores the client/server relationship, touching on cookies, JSON, and Ajax (same- and cross-domain). Part 6 uses JavaScript in mashups with Twitter, Flickr, and geo-related APIs.

    The appendices feature Christophe’s two-page JavaScript cheat sheet, followed by hard-won tips on debugging even the most maddening JavaScript errors. Next is an even-handed assessment of the major frameworks used in the book and in most JavaScript shops today. Last, Christophe presents an extensive group of resources for using and learning JavaScript and the major frameworks.

    This Pragmatic Guide is strictly focused on the techniques that will get you started in JavaScript. It’s where you come to get the full scope of JavaScript in your head–fast! You’ll quickly understand its core syntax, capabilities, and related frameworks. Start here first.

    Author(s): Christophe Porteneuve

    12. Practical Dojo Projects (Practical Projects) (2008)

    The era of professional JavaScript development has arrived! Gone are the days when writing all the client–side code for your applications by hand yourself was the norm. Gone are the days when scrounging around the Internet to find a snippet of code to do something you need could lead to either decent code or utter garbage that you’d surely regret using later.

    No, writing high–quality JavaScript these days is a whole lot easier with the advent of top–notch libraries that save you time and effort, and one that stands out from most others is Dojo.

    Dojo is a library like few others: written by some of the best JavaScript coders around today, providing nearly everything you’ll need to write modern rich Internet applications, all in one place. From Ajax to widgets, to client–side persistence and language extensions, and many points in between, Dojo has it all.

    In Practical Dojo Projects, you’ll learn all about what Dojo has to offer. You’ll see it in action in the form of five fully functional applications, which include

    • A contact manager for storing info for all the important people in your life
    • A code cabinet: a place to store, index, and get code snippets from
    • A stock tracker to keep track of your stock portfolio
    • A message forum for open discussions on topics you define
    • Even a fun little game!

    By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll have a firm grasp on what Dojo is all about, and you’ll have the preparation you need to begin to use it yourself in your own projects. See you inside!

    Author(s): Frank Zammetti