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YUI 3 Cookbook (Cookbooks (O'Reilly)) 1st Edition

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Writing Maintainable Applications

About the Author

Evan Goer is a Senior Technical Writer at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA, where he works for an engineering team that develops Yahoo's internal deployment infrastructure. He also works closely with the YUI core engineering team. Before that, Evan worked for startups and corporate behemoths alike, documenting everything from how to speed up applications on big iron Sun hardware to how to treat cancer patients with electron beam radiation therapy.

Evan is a Sunnyvale native and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Physics from Harvey Mudd College. He is on an eternal quest for the perfect documentation format and build system.


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  • Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Yahoo Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449304192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449304195
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Grove on June 12, 2012
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Even though it's been around for a few years now, there are surprisingly few books about YUI 3. Until now, the best way to learn the library was to dive in and refer to the official documentation or third-party blog posts and tutorials, and the best way to gain advanced knowledge of the library's inner workings and design patterns was to read the source code. Not anymore!

The YUI 3 Cookbook is organized as a collection of standalone solutions for a wide variety of common tasks, and does a fantastic job of introducing the important concepts and best practices of YUI 3 in a way that beginners will easily understand. Each chapter presents a series of problems or tasks, code that solves the problems or completes the tasks, and detailed discussions of how the code works and what's going on behind the scenes.

Beginners will find the wide variety of ready-to-use recipes and clear examples useful as they learn how to do things with the library, and experts will find the detailed discussions illuminating since they often cover best practices and the reasons behind YUI 3's patterns and architecture.

Evan Goer writes with clarity and wit, keeping things interesting even in the longer recipes. The example code is both easy to understand and technically accurate (Evan worked directly with the YUI team while writing the book), and even some of the library's newest features like the App Framework are covered. Recipes range from simple DOM manipulation and UI effects to Ajax to full-blown widgets and MVC apps.

The bottom line: if you use YUI 3, or even if you're just curious about it, you need this book.

Full disclosure: I was a member of the YUI team while Evan was working on this book, and I did a technical review of the manuscript. I also learned a lot from it and bought several copies for myself (both paper and digital).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By triptych on July 23, 2012
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I am a pretty avid YUI user - having worked at Yahoo! for many years and I've been following the evolution of YUI from an internal javascript library to a mature, fast, and reliable framework that it is today. While the online documentation is very good, it often leaves creating examples of specific features as an exercise for the reader. I don't know about you, but I learn things much faster by simple example than by pouring over potentially convoluted documentation. This book fulfills that need quite nicely! Not just for YUI purists, this book is an excellent way to get up to speed on YUI by DOING rather and just READING. You can use every example in the book, and try them out on your own to see how they are constructed. There are a broad range of things like creating lightboxes to managing history and the browser back button that you probably never knew you could do with YUI! It also is a great way to learn about the overarching ideas behind YUI, and why it may be a great library to graduate to once you've gone beyond just making buttons change on hover, or you are tired of struggling with conflicting plugins. I don't "bookmark" many books with post-its, but there are so many handy things in this book, that I've already marked several recipes that have made my YUI development experience much better.
Even if you have never tried YUI before, you can learn a lot about web development here through the recipes. Chapters like Infrastructure can help you learn to build your own web apps without having to go through lots of complicated trial and error.
Needless to say, I whole heartedly recommend this book.

In full disclosure, I did get a review copy to read - mainly because I've so busy I haven't have time yet to order it myself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave on August 3, 2012
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I am pretty much a n00b with YUI3. I dabble with it when I want to add some slick elements to my web pages without a lot of fuss. I'm not a huge JavaScript guy who ponders closures and how to implement the latest hotness in NodeJS.

This book is perfect for me. It just tells me what I want to know accurately, and in a straightforward way. It also doesn't assume I'm already an expert on the subject. This book is also concise enough that an expert would probably find it useful as well.

One trap I see authors of these sorts of books fall into is building the *huge* example program. They introduce concept after concept integrating everything into one monster program with all sorts of cruft to make the thing work. Not so with this book. The YUI 3 Cookbook instead gives you digestible discreet examples that stand on their own. It illustrates the item in question without requiring the reader to excavate it from a huge mountain of stuff I'm not interested in. Most of the examples in this cookbook fit into a single page which makes deciphering the code much easier.

I wish more technical books were written like this one.
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YUI really is an awesome framework. But the documentation, in terms of how to accomplish simple tasks, is abysmal. You get either API docs or you get absolutely everything you need to know about topic X docs. Both types of documents fail to deliver the big picture that programmers' need to successfully use YUI.

Finally you have YUI Theater and the YUI team's unnatural love of video. These are great if you're unemployed, bored, and have hours and hours to watch videos, of which only 5% are useful. For the rest of us the videos are a giant waste of time.

As you can tell by now, I like YUI a lot but I'm not that happy with YUI's documentation. And that is why you need to buy this book. It gets a programmer up to speed on YUI efficiently.
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