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ZK: Ajax without the Javascript Framework (FirstPress) [Paperback]

Henri Chen , Robbie Cheng
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Book Description

September 12, 2007 1590599012 978-1590599013 1

ZK is the most popular open source SourceForge Ajax web framework that enables rich user interface for web applications with no JavaScript and little programming. This firstPress book will cover the following:

  • Shows you how to use this simplest Ajax framework to write real-world responsive web applications
  • Covers ZK's more than 70 XUL and 80 XHTML rich GUI components
  • Authoritatively written by cofounder/lead of the ZK project

What you’ll learn

  • Perform Ajax development without the use of JavaScript
  • Write your first ZK framework–based application: “Hello World!”
  • Augmenting with Eclipse IDE, build a more dynamic, responsive “Hello World!” application
  • Use ZKs more than 70 XUL and 80 XHTML rich GUI components
  • Explore megacomponents for Google Maps and more
  • Build a real-world application such as a pet store by using ZK in the presentation tier and beyond
  • Integrate and use ZK with other frameworks like Hibernate

Who this book is for

Web application designers and programmers who wish to implement rich Ajax web applications in the simplest way.

Table of Contents

  1. What Is the ZK Ajax Framework
  2. Getting Started with ZK
  3. Building Your First ZK Application
  4. Introducing the Versatile ZK Components
  5. Setting Up the Development Environment
  6. Creating a Real WebApplication
  7. Linking the GUI to a Database
  8. Binding Data Automatically

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About the Author

Henri Chen is cofounder of the ZK Ajax Framework. He has more than 20 years of�programming experience in various areas and programming languages. He has been writing Java programs since the initial release of the Java language in 1995 and ported JavaOS and HotJava to the world's first StrongARM-based network computer, which won the "Best of System" award in Comdex 1996. He is also an expert in thin-client programming, embedded systems, and Ajax web programming.

Robbie Cheng is an engineer on the ZK team. Though his major was English literature in college, he got his master's in business administration in management of information systems. He has been an instructor in the use of the ZK Framework and the developer of zk registry, and has published many articles on the ZK web site. In addition to programming, his hobby is watching movies, and his favorite movie is "The Bridges of Madison County".

Product Details

  • Series: FirstPress
  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (September 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599013
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book in hopes it would be full and complete reference. I was mistaken. As far as OpenSouce projects go ZK has a great amount of information available on their website and it was a great resource as I got started using ZK. However, I quickly ran into areas where things were not documented fully or were explained from an angle that I was not coming from.

I turned to this book in hopes that it would be more complete than the website documentation. I found this not to be the case. There are some good exaples in the book, but it is already far too outdated. If you need a good starting text it is OK, but until a new book is released (no info here, just a wish) I would suggest sticking with the web resources.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Overview, Printed Oddly October 1, 2007
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I'm a fan of Java-based frameworks (such as Echo 2) and was looking forward to this book on ZK as a nice introduction to the framework.

The book is slim but delivers on exactly the kind of content I was hoping for. It starts with a great overview, and then has a few real world examples.

I would have loved to see more information on working in pure Java (richlets), but otherwise found the content to be great for the size.

The only oddity is that my copy appears to have been printed off a screen-resolution PDF - all of the text, images, etc. look worse than if I ran it off on my home laser printer. I'm going to chalk this up to an oddity of how this particular edition was run off, but I would hope that this is a rare QC issue that would be quickly fixed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money July 12, 2009
It's a bad book.
Few words and a lot of images. Chapters wasted on installing sun JDK, installing Eclipse, installing Tomcat.
Very little on real ZK and how it works !
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