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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla (Bruce Perens' Open Source Series)by Nigel Mcfarlane
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A must-have read for anybody interested in learning to build sophisticated applications with the Mozilla application framework.—Mitchell Baker, President, The Mozilla Foundation
Far more than just a web browser, Mozilla is the platform of choice for today's application and web developer. An innovative blend of XML vocabularies, easy-to-use scripting languages, and pre-existing software objects, Mozilla is a powerful, standards-compliant platform whose functionality guarantees rapid application development (RAD).
In Rapid Application Development with Mozilla, web, XML, and Open Standards expert Nigel McFarlane explores Mozilla's revolutionary XML User interface Language (XUL) and its library of well over 1,000 pre-built objects. Using clear and concise instruction, McFarlane explains what companies such as AOL, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and others already know—that Mozilla and XUL are the keys to quickly and easily creating cross-platform, web-enabled applications. Coverage includes:
An additional feature of Rapid Application Development with Mozilla is the NoteTaker Web browser add-on—a sample Mozilla application that is developed throughout the book. When installed in a browser it allows you to add notes to web pages—even pages on other people's web sites! It is a memory and commentary tool that enhances repeat visits to a given site. This simple application provides a real-world example of all technologies used in the book.
If you're an application programmer or a web developer and you're looking for a productive, state-of-the-art, cross-platform programming tool, then Rapid Application Development with Mozilla is essential reading.
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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla, part of the Bruce Perens Open Source Series, is a concise guide for any programmer who wants to learn the versatility and compatibility of Mozilla, an open source toolset with over a thousand objects and components. An additional feature of Rapid Application Development with Mozilla is the NoteTaker Web browser add-on-a sample Mozilla application that is developed throughout the book. Written by Web and XML expert Nigel McFarlane, this book is the perfect addition to the library of any user-interface software engineer, cross-platform developer, or any programmer looking to discover the benefits of rapid application development.
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Table of Contents
1. Fundamental Concepts.
Understanding Mozilla Product Names. The XML Environment. Platform Concepts. The RAD Environment. Effective RAD Projects with Mozilla. Hands On: Cranking Up the Platform. Debug Corner: Debugging from Outside. Summary.
2. XUL Layout.
XUL Means Boxes. Principles of XUL Layout. Box Layout Tags. A Box Improvement: <groupbox> and <caption>. General-Purpose XUL Attributes. Good Coding Practices for XUL. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker Boilerplate. Debug Corner: Detecting Bad XUL. Summary.
3. Static Content.
XUL and HTML Compared. XUL Content Tags. Understanding Font Systems. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker Boilerplate. Debug Corner: The DOM Inspector. Summary.
4. First Widgets and Themes.
What Makes a Button a Button? The Origins of XUL Widgets. XUL Buttons. Themes and Skins. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker Buttons and Themes. Debug Corner: Diagnosing Buttons and Skins. Summary.
How Mozilla Handles Events. How Keystrokes Work. How Mouse Gestures Work. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker User Input. Debug Corner: Detecting Events. Summary.
7. Forms and Menus.
XUL and HTML Forms Compared. Where to Find Information on Menus. Forms. Menus. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker Events and Forms. Debug Corner: Diagnosing Events and Forms. Summary.
Navigation Systems. Navigation Widgets. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker Toolbars and Tabs. Debug Corner: Navigation Problems. Summary.
Commands and Mozilla. Command Concepts. How Commands Are Started. Using Commands Via XUL. Using Commands Via the AOM. Commands and XPCOM Components. Existing Commands. Style Options. Hands On: Command Design. Debug Corner: Catching Unexpected Commands. Summary.
10. Windows and Panes.
Mozilla Uses of RDF. Learning Strategies for RDF. A Tutorial on Facts. RDF Syntax. RDF Examples. Hands On: NoteTaker: Data Models. Debug Corner: Dumping RDF. Summary.
12. Overlays and Chrome.
Overlays. The Chrome Registry. Persisting Window State. Related AOM and XPCOM Objects. Hands On: The NoteTaker Toolbar. Debug Corner: Overlay Tips. Summary.
13. Listboxes and Trees.
Text Grids. Listboxes. Trees. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker: The Keywords Panel. Debug Corner: Making <listbox> and <tree> Work. Summary.
An Example Template: Hello, World. Template Concepts. Template Construction. Common Query Patterns. Template Lifecycle. Scripting. Style Options. Hands On: NoteTaker Data Made Live. Debug Corner: Template Survival Guide. Summary.
15. XBL Bindings.
Binding Concepts. Constructing One XBL Binding. Combining Multiple Bindings. How Bindings Are Processed. Scripting. Style Options. Hands On: The <noteplacer> Tag. Debug Corner: XBL Diagnosis. Summary.
16. XPCOM Objects.
Concepts and Terms. General-Purpose Scripting. Data Transfer. Web Scripting. Platform Configuration. Hands On: Saving and Loading NoteTaker Notes. Debug Corner: Working with Data Sources. Summary.
Overview of Install Strategies. Steps Toward Remote Deployment. Install Technologies. Hands On: Bundling Up NoteTaker. Debug Corner: Logging and Testing. Summary.
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